Egg Appe: South Indian Delight in a Cast Iron Paniyaram Pan

Egg Appe is a delicious and versatile dish made using Cast Iron Paniyaram Pan. It consists of a flavorful egg mixture cooked in round, bite-sized molds, resulting in a delightful snack or breakfast item. The cast iron pan ensures even heat distribution and crispy edges. Egg Appe is a popular South Indian recipe and is also known as Egg Paniyaram or Kuzhi Paniyaram. It can be enjoyed on its own or paired with chutneys or sauces for an extra burst of flavor.


What is Egg Appe

Egg Appe is a traditional dish from South India, particularly from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It is a variation of the popular paniyaram, which is a savory dumpling-like snack made with fermented batter. Egg Appe is a non-fermented version that incorporates eggs into the batter, adding richness and protein.

To make Egg Appe, the batter is prepared by whisking eggs with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, and a pinch of salt. The mixture is then poured into a preheated and generously oiled cast iron paniyaram pan, which features round indentations. The batter is cooked until crispy and golden on the outside and soft on the inside.

Alternate names for Egg Appe include Egg Paniyaram, Egg Ponganalu, and Mutta Paniyaram. Variations of the recipe may include adding grated vegetables, spices like chili powder or turmeric, or even cheese to enhance the flavor and texture.


Quick and Easy Egg Appe

Egg Appe is a delightful dish that I discovered during my culinary journey. As a chef, I love experimenting with different recipes, and when I came across Egg Appe, I was intrigued by its unique cooking technique and flavors. The first time I tried it, I was impressed by the crispy edges and the soft, egg-filled center.

The cast iron paniyaram pan is essential for achieving the perfect texture and browning. It evenly distributes heat, resulting in evenly cooked and beautifully shaped Egg Appe. The batter, with its combination of eggs, onions, tomatoes, and fresh coriander leaves, creates a harmonious blend of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

Egg Appe is not only quick and easy to make but also a versatile dish. It can be enjoyed as a snack, a breakfast item, or even a light meal. Pair it with your favorite chutney or sauce, such as mint or pudina chutney, for a burst of freshness. Once you try Egg Appe, it will surely become a favorite in your culinary repertoire.


How to make Egg Appe

  1. Let's start with making the filling mixture for the Appe. For this we’ll heat some oil in the Meyer Merlot Open frypan and add some mustard seeds. 
  2. Once the mustard seeds start popping and sizzling a bit , we can add the finely chopped onions , green chilies and coriander leaves in the mentioned order, season them generously with salt and saute over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until the onions turn translucent. Once done remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool.
  3. Now let's make the egg mixture. For this let's start by cracking the eggs in a large bowl and whisking them until the whites and yolks are combined. To this add the onions mixture along with finely chopped tomatoes and some fresh coriander leaves. Season the mixture with a pinch of salt and mix well using a whisk.
  4. Now to cook the appe we’ll be using the Meyer Cast Iron Appam Pan. Keep the pan on a medium-low heat and oil the pan generously making sure that all the indents are properly coated with the oil. Once the pan is starting to heat, pour in the egg mixture into each indent using a ladle and allow to cook for a few minutes.
  5. Once the bottom side of the appe are cooked, it's time to flip them. A small silicone spatula or a paring knife can be used to flip the appe. Once the appe are flipped , allow them to cook for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Once the appe are cooked, remove them from the pan using a toothpick making sure not to break them. 
  7. Plate them in a bowl and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and serve with your favorite sauce or chutney. We recommend serving them with a mint or pudina chutney for the best experience. 

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Expert Tips

  1. Make sure to not overcook the onions mixture as that will result in loss of flavor from the fresh ingredients.
  2. Properly cool the onion mixture before adding them to the eggs to avoid scrambling them through heat. This could result in chewy and flat appe.
  3. Be careful while removing them from the pan as puncturing them would lead to the loss of air, hence making them flat and not puffed up. 

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