Pearl Millets Vegetable Balls
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 8 to 10
  • Pearl Millet - 1 Cup
  • Par boiled rice or Idly Rice -1 cup
  • Whole skinned urad dal -1/4 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds- 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Shallots 2 cups, finely chopped or 1 medium onion
  • Ginger 1 inch piece, grated
  • Coriander leaves ½ cup, finely chopped
  • Mint Leaves ½ cup, finely chopped
  • Curry Leaves 2 sprigs, roughly chopped
  • Mix Vegetables (Finely chopped cabbage, capsicum, beans and grated carrot)
  • Oil - 2 Tablespoon
  • Mustard seeds- 1 teaspoon
  • Urad dal - 2 teaspoon
  • Bengal gram dal - 2 tablespoon
  • Peppercorns - 1 teaspoon (Roughly crushed)
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 Teaspoon (Roughly crushed)
  • Asafoetida- a generous pinch
  • Oil/ Ghee for making appe
  • Special Equipment - Cast Iron Appe pan
  1. Wash and soak the pearl millets, rice, urad dal and fenugreek let it soak together for 7-8 hours.
  2. Grind it into a smooth paste in a blender by adding a little water. The consistency of the batter
  3. should be similar to the idli- dosa batter.
  4. Add required salt to the batter, mix well. Allow it to ferment for 7-8 hours or overnight.
  5. Once the batter is fermented, the appe batter is ready to use.
  6. For the seasoning, take a pan heat oil or ghee, add mustard seeds allow it to splutters, add urad dal, bengal gram, add crushed peppercorns, cumin seeds and saute until dal turns golden.
  7. Add asafoetida (hing) at the end.
  8. Add finely chopped onion, ginger, mint leaves, mix vegetables, coriander leaves, curry leaves and salt as per the requirement. Saute on medium flame until all the vegetables are cooked.
  9. Add this seasoning to the appe batter.
  10. Heat the appe pan , add ghee or oil in all the holes. Fill all the holes with the seasoned appe batter, make sure you will only ¾ of the hole.
  11. Cook covered over medium heat, flip the appes to the other side after 3-4 minutes.
  12. Now cook, uncovered for 3 to 4 minutes more.
  13. Serve with chutney of choice!
  14. Enjoy!!
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