Aappakadai was started with the thought of introducing the taste and flavors of Aappam
to Northern California, United States. Aappakadai was started with a small team of experienced
chefs who are passionate about South Indian Chettinad Food.
The recipes of Aappakadai come from the spice racks of the Grandmother. Traditionally fresh and hot home-made ‘Aappam’ were sold by Aappakadai as a breakfast dish in the streets of Chettinad.
‘Aappam’ is a specialty dish from the Chettinad, made of fermented rice flour. Traditionally Aappam is served with coconut milk. But Aappakadai serves Aappam with various Chettinad spicy dishes like Goat Paaya...
Aappam is mentioned in the Tamil Perumpanuru, a poetic work in the Pathinenkilkanakku anthology of Tamil literature, belonging to the Sangam period corresponding to between 100 BC and 100 AD. Appam (or hoppers in English) first originated in South India. It is similar to a dosa (rice or lentil pancake). Originally, it was prepared from a batter made of ground soaked rice and coconut milk.
As the cradle of some of the most influential civilizations globally, India also has a rich culinary heritage in fermented foods. For fact, Idli and curd have been described as early as almost 600 B.C.
One of the oldest of all culinary methods, fermentation, may not be palatable to look at, especially in South India. Yet the simple technique churns out several dishes by enhancing aromas, flavors, and textures.
South India is incredibly rich in various fermented snacks. Fermented rice, or pulse batters, are daily diets in the southern states - whether it is dosas, idlis, or appams.
“Amazing tastes of Kerala food. Everything is very coconut gravy-ish. Love the flavors, spice and always seems freshly made.
“I absolutely love the aapams with egg masala. I usually order the egg masala and do a side order of 2/3 aapams. ”
“This is a good place. I had a very good idiyappam, appam and Coconut milk... My friends said that chicken chetinand was very good”
“The idli plate comes with two additional chutneys (tomato chutney and coconut chutney) in addition to the curry - nice touch!”