Appe, to me till quite recently was alien and all of a sudden my facebook news feed had atleast three people posting about Appe. What a coincidence! Until last year we were crazy for Japanese street food (octopus balls/Takoyaki) and bought a Takoyaki pan as well for that but never got around making them and was lying in a corner somwhere.
Yeah thats what Appe is in a nutshell, indian octopus balls made with idli batter. It was destiny!
The following recipe makes seven delicious round crispy Appe.
You need :
- 1-Cup of Idli Batter : This is readily available in Indian grocery stores. If you are interested in making this from scratch folks I found this really good recipe
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 8-10 curry leaves (available in south asian/indian grocery stores)
- 1tbsp chopped ginger
- 1/2 green chilli (optional)
- salt to taste
- Heat the Takoyaki/Appe pan with a little bit of oil in each pocket till it smokes and reduce the heat. This step is really important as it will make the pan nonstick and the Appe will come out crispy from the outside and mushy soft on the inside.
- Mix all the ingredients and pour the batter in each of the pockets (mine had seven) and cover it so that it steams from the top and gets golden from the top. Wait till the top steams and kind of sets itself up firm. Take a regular chopstick or a knife and flip them over to reveal the golden crisp side. This was how it looked for me.
- Cook it on the other side as well so as to crisp it up a bit. The onions caramelize as well in the process giving a sweet note to an already slightly tangy idli batter.
- Serve it with coconut chutney (here is a good recipe), hummus or ketchup .
Ginger, curry leaves, green chilli and caramelized onions pack a nice flavor punch.
or as is.