Friday 22 April 2011

Indari (Indri) Appam / Pesaha (Passover) Appam with Step by Step Pictures and Video

Pesaha (Passover) Appam with Step by Step Pictures and Video

Indari Appam or Pesaha Appam is unleavened bread made on Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) among the Jacobites and Catholics in Kerala. During my childhood, my mom used to make Indari Appam and Kurukku every year and I also follow that tradition. In Kerala Indari Appam is made on banana leaf, since I don’t get banana leaf here I used aluminum foil.... This is the traditional method for making Indari Appam in the Knanaya Jacobite Community.

Jacobite Indari Appam / Pesaha (Passover) Appam with Step by Step Pictures and Video

Indari (Indri) Appam / Pesaha (Passover) Appam
ഇണ്ടറി അപ്പവും കുറുക്കും I പെസഹാ അപ്പവും പാലും
(Makes around 20-22 Indari Appams)

Roasted Rice flour-4 cups
Urad dal- 1 cup
Coconut-2 nos or (almost 4 cups of grated coconut)
Jeerakom/Cumin seeds-11/2 tsp
Garlic-4 cloves
Small Onion - 4 (optional)  
Salt to taste

  • Soak urad dal for two hours.
  • Drain and grind to a smooth paste together with coconut, garlic, cumin seeds and salt, adding very little water.
  • Mix this ground paste with rice flour and make soft and smooth dough.
  • Do not allow this mix to ferment. Take small balls from the dough and flatten each ball on a piece of banana leaf with finger tips. Dip finger in water in between.
  • Fold and steam the appams in Appanchembu (steamer) or in pressure cooker without keeping the weight, filled with enough water for 30 minutes or until appam is cooked throughly.

How to make Jacobite Indari Appam  with Step by Step Pictures and Video


Rice flour-1 tbsp
Jaggery-250gm (melt jaggery with little water and strain the syrup)
Coconut milk -2 ½ cups
Roasted Cumin powder~ to taste
Cardamom powder~To taste
  • Mix rice flour with melted jaggery syrup and coconut milk.
  • Cook this mix stirring continuously to a medium thick porridge.
  • Flavor with roasted cumin and cardamom powder and remove from heat.
  • Serve with hot Indari Appam.
Jacobite Pesaha Paal

Indari Appam / Pesaha (Passover) Appam with Step by Step Pictures and Video


  1. Appam looks very authentic Swapna..The recipe of kurukku is new to me.In fact these recipes are the precious ones we pass from generation to generation.Lovely !

    Btw,Happy Easter in advance ..God Bless.

  2. Authentic recipe,looks superb

  3. Hi, nice recipes, but looks like the ingredient list for kurruku is same as the appam. I can figure out what to use, but I am not sure of the quantity. Could you please post it again.

  4. Thanks everybody:)

    @moodyfoodie ~ thanks for pointing out my typo error... just edited :)

  5. Hello Swapna,

    I was looking for Indariappam that we do in Kottayam and got this wonderful recipe. I am gonna try this for the first time day after tomorrow.
    Thank u so much for this recipe.

    1. Hi Neethu,
      Do let me know how it turnes out :)..

  6. Hi Swapna,

    My first time Indari appam came out well. Thanks for the recipe.

    For me only problem was , i didnt have enough banana leaves. so used the same leaf for 2,3 times :).

    Later my amma said i should have used foil paper.

    i have taken only 3 cups of Rice Flour . Kurukku was perfectly yummy and i got the same taste as my amma's kuruku :)

    Next time when i prepare, 2 things i need to take care :

    1) Enough Banana Leaves
    2) Small measuring cup

    Thanks a lot for ur wonderful recipe.
    Please do post some quick nadan recipe :):)


    1. Thank you Neethu for trying Indari appam and for the feed back...
      I am trying to post more nadan recipes here... could you please specify you want me to post nadan curries or snacks recipes?

  7. My recipe is the same except I also add 20 gm small onions while grinding for the appam.

  8. Thank you for this traditional recipe


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