Protein Power Appam !!

Super nutritious, protein packed, appam bowl with a salad. Drizzle it with a healthy avocado Greek yogurt dressing. Two easy, make ahead recipes below, for a meal in one!

Protein packed, healthy Aapam Salad bowl made with quinoa and dals. Easy, make ahead recipe. With delectable, low fat , healthy Avocado Greek yogurt dressing.
Protein Power Appam!!
Protein packed, healthy Aapam Salad bowl made with quinoa and dals. Easy, make ahead recipe. With delectable, low fat , healthy Avocado Greek yogurt dressing.
Close up of the scrumptious Appam Bowl.

Appams bring back memories of our visit to scenic Kerala. I was mesmerized by the breathtakingly beautiful tea estates on the hills and the idyllic backwaters and of course the scrumptious food! No wonder it is called God’s own country!

Appams are like dosa with a slightly thick center and paper thin crisp edges. I love this contrast in the texture of the appam. Traditionally they are made with fermented rice batter.

I experimented to make these appams with quinoa and dal. You may keep the batter plain or add your favorite flavorings to it. I added diced onion, cilantro and tomato to mine.

Protein packed, healthy Aapam Salad bowl made with quinoa and dals. Easy, make ahead recipe. With delectable, low fat , healthy Avocado Greek yogurt dressing.
Protein power Appam just off the pan.

Also using them as a bowl, I added a simple salad. The creamy avocado Greek yogurt dressing drizzled over the salad, went perfectly with these appam! The soft center soaked it in and the crisp edges providing a yummy crunch to the salad.

Protein packed, healthy Aapam Salad bowl made with quinoa and dals. Easy, make ahead recipe. With delectable, low fat , healthy Avocado Greek yogurt dressing.
Delectable Avocado Greek yogurt Dressing!

Both the appam batter and the dressing can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to a week, which makes it very convenient.

Protein Power Appam

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients-

For the appam batter-

  • ½ cup urad dal
  • ¼ cup chana (yellow split peas) and masoor(red lentil) dal combined
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon methi (fenugreek) seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • About 2 tablespoons oil to make the appam

For the appam topping-

  • Diced onion, tomato and cilantro/coriander leaves according to taste.

For the salad-

  • Chopped lettuce, avocado, cherry tomatoes, onion.

For the avocado Greek yogurt dressing-

  • ½ avocado peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 serrano pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder
  • Handful of cilantro/ coriander leaves and tender stems
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt to taste

To make the Protein Power Appam-

  1. Combine the urad, chana and masoor dal. Wash it well and soak in water.
  2. Wash the quinoa, rubbing it between your fingers. Drain and rinse once again. Drain the water. Add the quinoa to the soaking water with the dals. Add the methi seeds. Let the mixture soak, covered for about 3 hours.
  3. Blend the mixture using as much water as needed to make it into a dosa batter consistency. Cover. Set in a warm place for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight. Add salt as per taste. Stir well.
  4. To make the appam, lightly grease and heat the appam pan or a deep skillet or wok. Add about ¾ cup of the batter and swirl it around the pan to form the edges. Drizzle a few drops of oil around the edges of the appam. Add a tablespoon or so of the chopped onion, tomato and cilantro leaves. Cover and let it cook on low for about 2 to 3 minutes or until the center is cooked and the edges are a golden brown. Remove from pan. Repeat step 3 to make the other appams.
  5. Add the chopped salad to the appam bowl and drizzle with the avocado Greek yogurt dressing.
  6. For the dressing, blend all ingredients of the dressing together in a blender. Thin with water, if needed.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Love,

Sandhya

 

 

 

 

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38 Comments Add yours

  1. Very nice! Great idea to make the appam bowl in a wok!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Greg!

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  2. You are the best with the fusion and otherwise Sandy! 😘❤️
    It’s almost like Tex mex salad bowl 😀

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Sonal! Truly appreciate your kind words!

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  3. Lovely fusion Sandhya! loved your idea of using appams as a bowl ! 😊

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Freda:)

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  4. Aruna says:

    Great idea, Sandhya! This appam is so much like adai wroth quinoa. 🙂

    Loved the dressing.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Aruna, I made it in the appam pan as I wanted to make a bowl:) I have not seen the recipe for adai. Is it on your site?

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  5. This “bowl” looks so tasty and crispy. Such a clever idea. The salad also looks wonderful.:)

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you Ronit! I am so happy that my experiment to make the ‘bowl’succeeded 🙂

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  6. This is an awesome creation!!!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much. I really was happy that my experiment worked so well:)

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  7. ramaink says:

    Yummy!! We’re having this for lunch tomorrow! Thank you for the recipe!!! 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much.Do let me know how you like them!

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      1. ramaink says:

        Loved them!!! Thank you!! 🙂

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      2. Sandhya says:

        Thank you so much for letting me know!

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  8. Gloria says:

    Missed your post; am happy to see this delicious power-packed healthy appam. looks appetizing and colourful.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Gloria!

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  9. Smart fusion! I bet the taste must be really nice.. I bookmark it for the time being. Would love to try it someday!

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Indah!

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  10. Super idea… hatsoff

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Ruchi.

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  11. kkessler833 says:

    Looks great! I love to eat!

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  12. Linda says:

    Looks delicious Sandhya! I especially love the dressing – I bet it’s wonderful! 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Linda. I liked the dressing a lot too and used it on tacos , other salads and as a dip.

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  13. Nandini says:

    Delicious looking and great idea with the wok 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Nandini.

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  14. Sandhya, This is one of the most interesting meal and presentation I have seen in a while. A brilliant idea! 🙂

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much Fae! You are so kind!

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  15. chef mimi says:

    Wow that looks wonderful! The bread is stunning!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thank you so much! It tastes scrumptious too. Thanks for visiting 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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