Ras Appe as the name goes is a traditional, simple sweet recipe wherein appe are dipped in sweet coconut milk. This dish is offered as a naivedyam too. I learnt this recipe from my mom and this is one of my favourite recipes.
Recipe Credit : Surekha Shanbhag
Sweet coconut milk
- 2 cups fresh coconut milk
- Jaggery as per individual taste
- 1/8 tsp cardamom powder
- A pinch of nutmeg
- In a mixing bowl combine coconut milk and jaggery.
- Once the jaggery dissolves add cardamom powder, nutmeg powder. Transfer into a serving bowl and keep aside.
- 1 cup split black gram dal(urad dal)
- 2 cups raw rice
- 1/4th tsp fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
- Salt to taste
- Oil to shallow fry the appe
- Wash split black gram dal (urad dal) and raw rice well. Soak them separately in water for at least 3 hours.Soak the fenugreek seeds along with rice.
- Grind to a slightly coarse paste separately adding little water. Mix both the batters well, add salt and mix well. Cover and keep the batter aside overnight to ferment.
- Next morning mix the batter well. The batter should be of thick consistency.
- To prepare the appe first heat the pan on low flame and when hot grease each depression of the appe pan with oil . Fill each depression only 3/4th with the batter. Cover with a steam lid and cook on low flame till light brown in colour. Turn over with a fork and fry the other side till done without cover.
- Once done remove the appe and dip the hot appe in the sweet coconut milk.
- After 3 to 4 minutes serve appe dipped in sweet coconut milk in dessert bowls and serve it as a sweet dessert or as an accompaniment with any spicy breakfast dish.
- The appe we prepare on a regular basis are crisp on the outsode and soft inside, but here the appe should be just crisp not very crisp as the coconut milk should be absorbed by the appe.
- DO NOT SOAK the appe for long because they swell as the coconut milk gets absorbed.
- Using a cast iron appe pan also known as bhidacha appe patra in Marathi gives the perfect taste and texture to the appe that is crisp on the outside and soft inside. I do admit it requires a little extra oil. In case you are using a cast iron appe pan grease it with oil the night prior to making the appe. By doing so the appe will not stick to the moulds.