Jalapeno Poppah Aappah

Makes 14

 # dosa #batter wrapped around #jalapeno #popper #flavored #cheesy #filling in the center. Easy recipe provides a #healthy version of the #favorite #appetizer
Jalapeno Poppah Aapah! Crisp on the outside, fluffy inside with a yummy jalapeno popper flavored cheesy center!

My Bostonian friends will agree with me that Jalapeno Poppah Aappa is a totally wicked appetizah! Aapah, btw, is singular for aape:)

You all know that I am going crazy with my aape pan! The charm of eating my favorite fried foods using just a couple of drops of oil, is very alluring to me.

I  made dosa batter for my children who love dosas. So when my husband, who loves aappe, was looking for a quick bite before dinner, I thought of giving this appetizer a try, using the same batter. Psst…I love jalapeno poppers and was hungry too 🙂 Needless to say, it was an instant hit and loved by all!

I made two types- one using plain dosa batter and to another batch of the same batter, I added finely diced onion, jalapenos and grated ginger. The yummy cheesy stuffing is a mix of pickled jalapenos, light veggie cream cheese and cheddar cheese, just combined together.

To make them, in each of the indentations in the aappe pan I add a drop or two of oil or spray it with cooking spray. I use olive oil in the Misto spray can. I pour some batter in each, top with the cream cheese jalapeno mixture in the center, and cover it with some more batter. That easy! I cover the pan and let it cook on medium heat, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Crisp on the outside, fluffy inside and ooh so cheesy in the center!

Do try this quick and easy, healthiah, Jalapeno Poppah Aappah!


  • Dosa batter- using basic recipe of 1 part urad dal to 3 parts of rice + some fenugreek/ methi seeds
  • Sea salt to taste (if your batter does not have salt already added to it)
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 or 2 pickled jalapenos, diced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

For the filling-

  • 2 tablespoons light veggie cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated extra sharp cheddar or a combination of extra sharp cheddar and your favorite cheese
  • 2 to 3 pickled jalapenos, diced (or to taste)

A teaspoon of oil or oil spray

To make the Jalapeno Poppah Aapah- 

  1. To the dosa batter, add salt, if needed. If making the spiced batter, add the diced onion, jalapenos and grated ginger too.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients for the filling.
  3. Heat the appe pan on medium heat. Drizzle a couple of drops in each indentation or spray with oil. Add batter to each indentation until it is half full.
  4. Top with the cream cheese mixture. Add more batter on top, to cover the filling.
     # dosa #batter wrapped around #jalapeno #popper #flavored #cheesy #filling in the center. Easy recipe provides a #healthy version of the #favorite #appetizer
    Top with the jalapeno popper mixture

     # dosa #batter wrapped around #jalapeno #popper #flavored #cheesy #filling in the center. Easy recipe provides a #healthy version of the #favorite #appetizer
    Cover with more batter
  5. Cover and let it cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove cover, lightly brush aape with oil and turn them in the pan. Cook for another 2 minutes or so.

     # dosa #batter wrapped around #jalapeno #popper #flavored #cheesy #filling in the center. Easy recipe provides a #healthy version of the #favorite #appetizer
    Come and get it! Crispy on the outside, fluffy inside with a cheesy center.

Remove from pan and serve with quick chutney or with the store bought green chutney. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend everyone!




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    1. Judy, hope your nephew likes them. I am fascinated by different names of the aape pan …wonder about the history. Thanks to our blogger friends, I am finding so many similarities in names of different foods too.


    1. Thanks Aruna. I was happy that my children, who normally are not aape fans, also loved this cheesy version:) and I love the pickled jalapenos too.

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    1. Thanks Ronit. They are addictive and I am happy that they are on the healthier side. My children who do not like the aape as such, also enjoyed them. So that was a plus for me:)

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      1. Judy,
        Yes it is the same pan that is back in fashion:)
        Hope you like the Jalapeno Poppah Aapah! I like jalapeno poppers too and like to recreate the flavor in dips and fillings

        same pan


  1. These sound and look so great (especially with that cheesey filling). The aape pan must be so useful because you only need to use a bit of oil…and now I’m thinking about all the other things that can be done in it like abelskiver and takoyaki too!

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    1. Yes I am going nuts using the pan for so many things. It is fascinating how different cultures have been using the pan, with different names.

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    1. Thanks Bec! I use 2 parts of raw rice and 1 part of rice flour. Those pans are available all over the world with different names I guess:)
      Btw,you have a great blog!

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    1. Jyotsna, I have not tried the urad dal+ rice batter in a cupcake pan. But as with aape pan, if you put some oil in a preheated muffin pan, it may work but it is much easier on stove top. If you have a small cast iron pan, you could do a sandwich with the batter and cheese in the middle and cut it in triangles. i did something similar with the curried kale cornbread sandwich. https://indfused.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/curried-kale-cornbread-sandwich/


    1. Ronit, I made these again after a long time too. The children love them too and they were perfect for the cool ,rainy weather we are having.


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