April 13, 2008

Pesara Appachi

'Pesalu' in Telugu is 'Green Gram' in English. 'Pesarattu' is a very famous Andhra dish and its been a favorite for almost every 'Andhraite' except me...For some reason, I hated the smell of whole green gram, so most of the time, this breakfast item was off my list.

Just a couple of days back, I was watching this cookery show on Maa tv ( a telugu channel) - 'Ma Voori Vanta' (meaning 'Food from our Town/Village'.. hehehe.. I am so bad at translating..:D) and the lady made a yummy 'Pesara Appachi'. The recipe was indeed very quick, simple and believe me extremely healthy...:) As I googled a bit more, I found one more version of Appachi, which I would like to try later.


1 cup raw Green Gram(Pesalu)
3/4 cup raw Rice
1 medium Onion (chopped)
few Green Chillies
Salt to taste
2 tbsp shredded Coconut (this is my inclusion for some extra taste!)
Freshly grated Ginger and Garlic (acc to one's taste)
Red Chilli Powder (optional)
some Oil


1. Grind the raw green gram and rice into a coarse (rava-like) powder. The lady of the show didn't bother to soak them at all, so I followed the same and surprisingly, even I didn't feel that soaking was necessary. If you would like to, you can try soaking both of them for some time.

2. Now, add in all the other ingredients listed above and make into a coarse batter like consistency adding little water (not like our usual dosa batter). Rest this mixture for about 15mins, covered.

3. Heat a pan, put 1 tsp of oil on it. Take a big ball of appachi mixture and put that in the middle of the pan. Spread it into a dosa, by tapping with your fingers starting from the middle till edges. Make sure the thickness is even so that it cooks properly.

4. On medium flame, cover the appachi with a lid and let it cook for 3-4 mins until the bottom is golden brown. Repeat the same on the other side too.

5. Serve immediately with coconut chutney and karappodi..yummy!!!

Note: This by itself is very heavy breakfast and the appachis, when cold don't taste that good. ..:)

Off this goes to Srivalli's Dosa Mela!!


- Siri


  1. Sri,I like this authentic dish..
    I think this appachi means aunt or like that in Malayalam.. :D

  2. I have heard abbout this dosa but never had them.

  3. @ Seena: Thanks dear. I didn't know 'Appachi' is a malayalam word too. In Telugu though, appachi means an uttapam type dosa..:) my grandmom used make lovely appachis when I was a kiddo!..:D

    @ HC: Even I never made this before HC. I am happy it came out really tasty!

  4. hey..these luk yummo!

    By the way wish me Tamil New Year when u catch me next girl...I am sure gng to make u J with the menu I prepared for lunch..We r yet to eat it. since 15 more min to go for lunch....and also good ones planned for dinner! :) hehehe I am going to become like a tanjore dill for next few days! Why u ask me? Cos I wud only be able to sit and shake my head thanks to the heavy food all 2 days..(2morrow Rama Navami) wudnt be able to move any other muscle ( except my mouth of course!)

    Ok ok...am getting stares from U - know-who for sitting in front of comp on a weekend..gotto go doll..catch ya later

  5. oops not tanjore dill - rsvp (herbs) doing the trick i guess..I mean Tanjore Doll ;)

  6. Siri, Came here straight from your comments on my blog. This Pesara Appacchi looks great. I wasnt a big fan of pesarattu either and never understood what the big deal about it was that everyone seemed to so much love it. So, you have company ! But i do make it sometimes (very rarely though) for its health benefits. I enjoy the Pesara vada(posted on a.T.Y) more though. Will try this ..

    Thanks for visiting and your comments.. BTW, Your name reminds me of a telugu movie. Guess which one.. ?

  7. hi this was really lovely and wonderful easy recipe . I never before heard and this was bit interesting i wanna learn more recipes like above ones it should be simple and moreover easy way . Please if any one has a new easy recipes please post me on .


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