How to make Soji Appam -

Refined flour pooris stuffed with a filling of semolina cooked with coconut and jaggery

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Refined flour (maida) (मैदा), Salt (नमक)

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Breads

Soji Appam

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The cuisine of Kerala is very hot and spicy and offers several gastronomic opportunities. The food is generally fresh, aromatic and flavoured. Keralites are mostly fish-and-rice eating people. The land and the food are rich with coconut, though one cannot imagine Kerala food without chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind and asafoetida. Just a little tamarind can substitute tomatoes, but there is no real substitute for curry leaves. 
The locals put to good use whatever the land offers and the result is a marvellous cuisine that is simple yet palate tickling. 
Kerala has an abundance of jackfruits, pineapples, mangoes, custard apples and an endless variety of bananas. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala. Producing some of the tastiest foods on earth, the people of Kerala are gourmets with a difference.

Prep Time : 2.30-3 hour

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Soji Appam Recipe

  • Refined flour (maida) 2 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Oil for deep-frying

  • Stuffing

  • Semolina (rawa/suji) 1/2 cup

  • Jaggery (gur) , grated 3/4 cup

  • Fresh coconut , scraped 1/2 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1/4 teaspoon


Step 1

Take flour in a bowl, add salt, ghee and sufficient water and knead into a soft dough. Cover with damp muslin cloth and set aside for 2 hours.

Step 2

To prepare stuffing, boil 1 cup water in a non-stick pan. Add semolina gradually, whisk and cook till the water is absorbed and the semolina is cooked.

Step 3

Add jaggery, mix and cook till it melts. Add coconut and green cardamom powder and mix well. Transfer into a bowl and let it cool.

Step 4

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.

Step 5

Divide the dough into equal portions. Shape each portion into a katori, stuff it with some stuffing, bring the edges together, seal and shape into balls. Further roll out each stuffed ball into a thick disc.

Step 6

Slide each stuffed disc into hot oil and deep-fry till golden brown and puffs up. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 7

Arrange them on a serving platter and serve hot.

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