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Ulundu (Urad Dal) Sweet Appam

Ulundhu_Urad_Dal_Sweet_Appam_1 Urad Dal (Ulundu in Tamil) Sweet Appam is prepared with urad dal, jaggery, coconut and fried channa (Pottukadalai in Tamil). It is a healthy snack for children as urad dal and jaggery is a good combination.

I prepared this appam in microwave oven with a microwave safe Idli mould. I came to know about this appam when I attended a one day microwave wave cooking class two years back. Less oil is needed to cook appam in microwave oven.

Cooking time: 2 minutes for 2 appams


  • Urad dal or split black gram – ½ cup
  • Grated coconut – ½ cupUlundhu_Urad_Dal_Sweet_Appam_2
  • Grated jaggery – ½ cup
  • Pottukadalai (fried channa) – ½ cup (powder it coarsely)
  • Ghee – 1½ tea spoon
  • Cardamom powder – generous pinch
  • Finely cut coconut pieces and raisins – few for garnishing
  • Salt – pinch


  • Soak urad dal for 30 to 45 minutes; wash twice and grind to a smooth fluffy paste; add lastly the grated coconut, jaggery and half of the ghee; run the mixer for few seconds to mix well.
  • Remove, add pottukadalai powder and mix well; this should be like idli batter, neither thick nor loose.
  • Grease the cups of microwave safe Idli mould with little ghee; pour the mix in the mould; put some finely cut coconut pieces and raisins in the cups either in the bottom or on top after filing with batter.

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  • Set the microwave on 100% power; cook in microwave on high for two minutes.

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  • Allow it to cool; insert a tooth pick and if it comes out clean, it indicates that appam is fully cooked. Appams with garnishing at the bottom and garnishing on top are shown below.

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  • Repeat the above process, for the remaining batter also.
  • Serve hot or cold. It tastes nice with texture like an appam.


Here are some more Ulundu (Urad Dal) Sweet Appams (in different lighting) and a cutaway section of appam.

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  • Ripe banana can be added in the mix to make it more tasty.
  • Cashew nut or badam pieces can also be added.
  • To cook safely, follow guidelines given in your microwave user manual.

This post is part of the event “Microwave Easy Cooking (MEC): Festive Foods” hosted by Cham of Spice-Club and scheduled by Srivalli of Cooking 4 all Seasons.

{ 7 comments… add one }

  • Sushma Mallya December 29, 2009, 6:53 pm

    looks nice just like a spongy cake….

  • prathibha December 29, 2009, 9:29 pm

    Loved ur microawave idly mould..quite different from what I have….lovely appam…

  • Cham December 29, 2009, 10:36 pm

    They lool like sweet idlis! Quiet healthy and great for kids. That’s a lovely entry for MEC- thanks for participating!

  • Priya December 30, 2009, 5:06 am

    Wow appams looks fantabulous…looks spongy and prefect !!

  • Radhika Vasanth December 30, 2009, 9:58 pm

    Appams in microwave, wonderful idea. They look sumptuous…

  • ruchikacooks January 7, 2010, 9:40 am


    I came here through the MEC event, never heard of appams in microwave..as I use appam pan or just deep fry it :)

    Thanks for sharing, it is a healthier way to munch on appams.

  • Soujanya November 18, 2010, 11:08 pm

    I love your blog. You make cooking look very easy :D. Can you pls. post guidelines if we have to cook this appam on stove top? My one year old would love this as a snack.

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