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Friday, March 06, 2015

Panji Pullu(Ragi) Peechappam | Steamed Finger Millet Recipe

Ragi Peechappam (Steamed finger millet appams) is a healthy guilt free recipe that can be served as breakfast or as snack.'Peechappam' means a sort of pressed appam that is made by pressing the dough balls, making finger indentations.My MIL makes peechappam with rice flour and sugar, and that's how I got familiarized with this snack.Ragi flour (finger millet flour) is a very healthy alternative to rice flour, rich in calcium and iron.I have used jaggery in place of sugar too.My kids loved this snack very much, and I make it quite often.They taste almost similar to kozhukattas but here there is no filling and the filling is added to the flour and made dough, you get a taste of coconut flavour each time you bite through.These are much easier to do than making kozhukatta.Do try & enjoy !!

(PS:Don't judge this snack with the colour and look, they taste delicious.)

Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
Cooking time ~ 15 minutes
Serves ~ 20 peechappam
Author ~ Julie
roasted ragi flour 1.5 cups
grated coconut 1 cup
*grated jaggery /melted jaggery 3/4 of a large cube
cardamom powder 3/4 tsp
cumin powder 1/4 tsp (optional)
warm water 1/2-3/4 cup
salt a pinch

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  • Roast the ragi flour in a pan for 3–4 mins until the raw smell disappears.Let it cool, then add in grated coconut, jaggery, cardamom powder, cumin powder, salt.Mix well, add in the boiled water like for idiyappam and knead like a dough for 2–3 minutes till you get a firm but smooth dough.Let the dough rest for 5–10 mins.

  • In the meantime, add water to the steamer and bring water to boil.Pinch out small lemon size balls and then press the dough in your palms using your fingers to make indentations.Repeat the same step till you finish the dough.
  • Place the appams in steamer and steam cook for 6–7 mins on medium flame.The colour changes to deep brown/coffee brown in colour.
  • Cool slightly, serve warm with milk !!

* I have grated the jaggery and used, as the jaggery that we get here hardly has any impurities.But you can always melt the jaggery, strain the impurities and add.In that case, adjust the water to the dough accordingly. 
* Adding cumin powder is optional, you can omit if you don't like the flavors.
* You can even add cumin seeds instead of roasted cumin powder.

Ragi Idiyappam
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Ammini Kozhukattai(savory steamed dumplings)
Ragi Dosa
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Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

love this steamed sweetened ragi appam anytime...delicious and healthy too.

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very yummy and healthy too.

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

healthy and yummy snack..looks too good...

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

super healthy snack

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely millet recipe

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Super healthy! I need to try this..

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

this is something really new to me... very healthy steamed beauties...

Anu Yalo said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious!!never tasted it...

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

This is something new to me.. sounds delicious and very healthy.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very healthy and delicious one..... :)

meena said... Best Blogger Tips

Which brand of ragi flour do u buy Julie? I made ragi puttu and I almost needed a stick to push it down the throat :) peechappam looks like no filling kozhukatta version sounds yumm and looks soft.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

I use Swad brand :)

meena said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank u Julie :) will look for it next time I go to Indian store.

steffi said... Best Blogger Tips

Tried this recipe today: DELICIOUS. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the feedback dear, am glad that u liked it :)