Low Calorie Appam - Karthigai Deepam Recipe

There are few festive dishes which we simply cant do without during those special days. If we don't make them, then it simply does not bring about the mood. Gone were the days when a whole cartload of sweets were prepared by our ancestors and devoured countless by young and old alike without a second thought to health issues. unfortunately its simply not so now. "Dieting" is the fashion which has managed to sustain for a long time now in the recent years and by the looks of it, its not going to be become oblivion soon.

Obesity, Cholesterol, BP,Diabetes are common words now. So with such a scenario, making sweets on an elaborate scale has long disappeared. So what can we do about it? Make low calorie sweets of course! Something which we wont end up feeling too guilty eating.I have been using the Kuzhi Paniyaram Pan for various reasons, mostly for reasons other than making paniyarams! If you dont have those, its time to buy it - A similar is also available in the US under the name of Pancake Puff Pan.

Low Calorie Appam - Karthigai Deepam Recipe
These pans are useful to make low calorie version of quite a handful of goodies, like kababs, koftas, bonda's etc, at least I think so since I make these using the same. Next time you think twice about having those meat balls - dont worry, whisk out these and enjoy some. Few days back, my mom told me that I can make Appams also in it, and I was like 'God! Why dint I think of it before?' So here it is - my version of Low calorie Appams. There is a traditional use of Bananas in the recipe, but I have abstained from using it, since I find that it absorbs lots of oil that way. Skipping the banana does no harm to the recipe as such which is anyways the recipe which my mother taught me.
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  • Yields: Makes around 6-8
  • 1 cup Maida (all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup Rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder ( or powder 3-4 cardamom seeds)
  • 1/2 cup jaggery, powdered
1. Add the jaggery to approx 1/4 of water. If you have trouble breaking down the jaggery, placing them in the water for few minutes will help you, break it down easily. Using hands or back of a spoon, make sure that there are no lumps.
2. Sift the flours together, add the cardamom powder and mix well.
3. Now slowly using a strainer, strain the jaggery liquid in to the flour mixture.
4. Stir well, add some more liquid if needed to make a thick batter. Make sure the batter is lump free.

Heat the Paniyaram Pan/Puff Pan with 1-2 tsp of vegetable oil.

Edited: It uses a total of 1-2 tsp of oil. In each section about 1/4 tsp of oil should do. Try one with this measurement and adjust accordingly to your preferences.

6. Once the oil is hot, drop spoonful of the batter in the pan.
7. Once browned in the bottom turn the other side. Repeat the same. Serve immediately to enjoy a guilty free low calorie and festive Karthigai Appam.

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By Krithi on Sep 6, 2010

Hi DK,

I made this appam for Krishna Jayanthi. I used the exact recipe but deep fried the appams. It came out very well, the colour, taste etc. It was a little less sweet than I had expected. Is it supposed to be like that or it depends on the sweetness level of the jaggery?

The jaggery I used was the jaggery powder from NIRAV brand. 

Here is the picture..


DK's Notes:


Yes the sweetness does depend on the type of jaggery. But then I personally feel that Neyyappam does not have the "standard" level of sweetness which many other Indian sweets enjoy :)


By Sangi on Aug 28, 2014

Once made, can this be kept outside for a couple of days?

By aakanksha soni on Aug 26, 2014

awesome recipe.. i love appam with any twist. thanks for sharing the recipe :) I'll try this at home

By Kausaliya on Nov 7, 2012

your site is really good. I picked up quite a few receipes for diwali. I too cook all these items, but i wanted diff proprotions and combinations.

By subha on Jul 16, 2012

Best and easy recipe ever.. :) thanks a lot for sharing.. this tasted really great

By rajashree on Aug 28, 2011

:-D hi i will make this recipe for aavani avitam. can i use idli plates for making appam

By Punitha on Aug 20, 2011

Is it really this simple. :) I will try making this in a pancake fashion tomorrow for Krishna Jayanthi. Thank you 4 d recipe.

By Archana Vijaykarthikk on Nov 9, 2010

Where did u get appam puff pan?am in the US...so i want to buy..plz say the name of the shop where its available...plz help me...as my daughter loves appams...awaiting to hear from u at the earliest

See this link http://www.amazon.com/Pancake-Puffs-Cast-Iron-Set/dp/B00114LC06

By Vina on Nov 30, 2009

Hi I am from Mauritius. Gr8t recipes. These appam are looking gorgeous. Will surely try and make others taste. Thanks 4 sharing these. Vina

By sudha on Nov 19, 2009

:roll: You steam it or bake it or just put it on the stove? well since I am from North I have never seen it cooked, you have to write that in your instuctions. Stove medium heat I suppose?

I assumed that the pictures would show that it was on a stove top - my bad! :) Yes stove top - medium heat --DK

By Kalai on Dec 14, 2008

I hate bananas, so this is perfect for me! Low cal to boot. You rock! :)

By Roopa on Dec 12, 2008

Thats a favorite in my house:) Your recipe sounds easy:) Nice pics :) I too have seen those pancake puff pans here in US. They have an advantage over the traditional ones we get, with them being non-stick.

By Curry Leaf on Dec 12, 2008

Lovely and surely low fat.I too make similar-used to that is-now my pan is resting in India :(
Lovely treat DK

By karuna on Dec 11, 2008

i have had different appams, they are like steamed and a little risen from the middle and like a thinner version of uttapams. these look delicious. never had them before. nice

By DK on Dec 11, 2008

Hi Madhu,

I meant in totality 1-2 tsp, guess I was not clear enough. I have edited the info now with more specifics. Thank you :)

Happy Karthikai to you and your family members :)

By Madhuram on Dec 11, 2008

Just now made these DK. It has come out very well. I wasn't sure if you had mentioned 1-2 tspns of oil in each well or totally, so I added 1/2 tspn oil in each well. I guess that was bit too much, so the first batch was little bit greasy. But from the 2nd batch it came out very good. Thank you and happy karthigai deepam.

By Vanamala on Dec 11, 2008

this so wonderful...

By Cham on Dec 11, 2008

Happy Karthikai Deepam DK. Look like sweet paniyaram, good one!

By Madhuram on Dec 11, 2008

Actually I came here to check you original appam recipe and I was going to prepare it in the pancake pan. Now I see that you have already made it easy for me. How did you know what was in my mind? Thanks dear. I'm going to make these in the afternoon.

By Susan from Food Blogga on Dec 11, 2008

I'm all for low calorie sweets too. I find muffins, scones, and cakes are some of the easiest sweets to make low cal yet still taste great. These appams are just lovely. I've seen this pan on a few blogs now. Maybe I should order one for myself. Or tell Santa. ;)

By Vishali on Dec 11, 2008


The low calorie appam is so amazing and looks delicious.
I am goin to but the pan and try doing them...good one


By Kitchen Flavours on Dec 11, 2008

Something new and awsome looking recipe.

By Kitchen Flavours on Dec 11, 2008

Something new and awesome looking recipe.

By Happy cook on Dec 11, 2008

Forgot to mention, here in belgium they use it for making a pancake calle profitroles :-) or something like that

By Happy cook on Dec 11, 2008

Here to we get thesepans, but i thought they were not deep as our traditional ones we get home. SHould check them again in ths shop.
I would have bought through amazon but i will have to pay for senind, which i dodn't mind, but everytime i have to pay a 10 € etc as custom taxes, except for books.

By rekhas kitchen on Dec 11, 2008

wow they looks so so tempting Dk

By Priya on Dec 11, 2008

Wow!!!!delicious appams, have to buy the mould soon..just drooling over the appams..

By Vandana Rajesh on Dec 11, 2008

gr8 recipe and lovely pics feeling hungry already. Have to get myself a mould soon.

By Divya Kudua on Dec 10, 2008

I have never seen an easier recipe for Appams..great recipe DK..surely gonna try!!

By Soma on Dec 10, 2008

I have never had these before, but we make something similar without the jaggery & then dip it in sugar syrup. I am craving for some now.

I need to buy this treasure! then i eat guilt free:-)

By veggie belly on Dec 10, 2008

I didnt realize till recently that the kuzhipaniyaram pan can be so versatile. Your appams look golden and delish!