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Passover Kallappam

The delicious'st holiday of the year brings with it a special, rich in flavors and herbs appam. You can to eat with any meat casserol, chicken or vegetable dish, and you can also just eat it without anything, or as my children like's it - straight from the pan when it's hot and fresh. many years ago, I asked my grandfather how it is come the Cochini jewish do not eat leaven on Passover but they do eat rice. He explained to me that the Cochini jewish were very careful not to eat leaven because that's how their ancestors used to do for ages, but rice was the main staple food in India and therefore it was the only thing they ate even on Passover because otherwise they would not have nothing to eat at all. In the past, in order to prepare many of the rice-based dishes, you had to soak the rice in water for a few hours and then grind it into a smooth mash so that it would form the basis to the dough. Today, you can easily get ground rice in the stors, so it saves a lot of work and shortens the preparation stages of many dishes.


1/2 cup of oil

2 cups of rice flour

1 cup of coconut

A handful of celery leaves

A handful of mint leaves

1 chopped onion

A handful of chopped cilantro

2 chopped hot green peppers

A spoonful of vinegar

2 fresh eggs

1/4 cup potato flour

1/2 cup matzah flour

2 cups water

A little oil for frying


  1. Chop the onion, celery, cilantro, mint and peppers in to small pieces

  2. Put all the ingredients in a big bowel and mix well so that there are no lumps

  3. If the mixture is dry, you can add water as needed to get a thin texture like pancakes

  4. Grease a Teflon pan only for the first kallappam

  5. Using a ladle, pour a little amount into the center of the pan and flatten into a wide circle with a diameter of 15-20 cm

  6. Fry for 2 minutes

  7. When the top side is ready, turrn off and fry for another minute on the second side

  8. Move to a plate and continue to make more and pile it one on top of each other.

Tip: Note that because of the thickness and the heavy ingredients, it takes several minutes to cook, so it's better to prepare it in two pans in paralel.

To bake in the oven: heat the oven to 180 degrees, grease a 30x20 cm baking tray, pour the mixture in to it and bake until the top is browned . Cool and cut into squares.

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