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Apoopam (Ayurvedic Gluten free Rice Pancake Recipe)

Having a sweet tooth? Here’s an easy Ayurvedic gluten free pancake recipe without eggs that is utterly healthy. Bonus: your family will love it

The history of apoopam traces long back in the Shatapadabrahmana, and refers to the cakes made up of barley and was considered to be an important part of the art of cooking! To our surprise, in the good olden days the dietetics and culinary was appraised as an art and not merely satisfying the taste of the tongue.

Today, we see a number of modifications made of the apoopam in the form of readymade pancakes and the fermented flour. However, in this era of the trends Ayurveda always prefers to remain with its roots and prepare the dish by the classical way!

Apoopam (Gluten free Rice Pancake)

Ingredients Quantity

    • Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 25-30 minutes
    • Indicated for Prakritis: Vata and Pitta
    • Servings: 6-7 nos.
    • Meal: Sweet-dish but to be consumed at the beginning pf the lunch.
    • Occasions: Get-togethers, Family meetings
    • Ingredients Quantity
    • Palm jaggery – 20 gm
    • Rice flour (preferably brown) – 25 gm
    • black pepper – 1/4 tea spoon (2 gm)
    • Cardamom – 5 gm (2-3)
    • Indian bay leaf
    • (Cinnamomum tamala) – 2 no’s
    • Total quantity: 6-7 number of pancakes

    Method of preparation

    Roast the rice flour in a flat pan on a low flame. To this roasted rice flour, add powdered black pepper and cardamom, mix well. Heat jaggery in a pan with 100 ml of water and prepare thin syrup. Add the flour mixture to it and knead well to make soft dough.Fill the dough in cones made out of Indian bay leaf or banana leaves and steam for 10-15 minutes. Delicious cake is ready.

    Health benefits

    It is gluten free and makes an alternative for celiac patients. A rich source of iron and several other nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Palm jaggery positively impacts digestive health by activating enzymes and cleansing the system. Palm jaggery helps relieve cold and cough. It is full of composite carbohydrates and is easier to digest.

    Qualities (Guna): Oleating, Light to digest

    Potency (Veerya): Cold

    Post digestive effect (Vipaka): Sweet

    Rasa (Tastes): Sweet, Astringent

    Action on Tridoshas: Vata-Pitta Shamaka

    Action on fundamental body tissues (Dhatus): Development and Nourishment (all the Seven Dhatus) of the body is brought about by the food preparation. Apoopam increases the quality and quantity of the interstitial fluid and the plasma content (Rasa Dhatu) due to similarity in their attributes. It helps the body to freshen up and creates satiation of the thirst. It causes the increase in sexual vigour (by nourishing the Shukra Dhatu) of the body.

    Action on Metabolic wastes (Malas): Promotes increase in volume and facilitates binding of fecal matter. It increases the urine output due to its cold potency.

    Serve these pancakes to your little ones or guests; it will surely glorify your cooking skills along with numerous health benefits for everyone! So, after learning all these outstanding benefits aren’t you excited to prepare the Apoopam all by yourself? Share this recipe with love


    This recipe has high amount of carbohydrate which may cause unhealthy spikes in blood sugar, making them unsuitable for diabetics.