Thursday, May 11, 2006

Sarvappa - A Delicious Snack

Sarvappa is one of my most favourite snacks since childhood. It is a not too hard and not too soft chewy snack that everybody enjoyed in our household. More than anybody else my mom liked it a lot, so whenever she made it she'd put in her 100% into it. Ofcourse she cooks other stuff that we enjoy with equal effort but this was one of the precious things for her.

So, what does sarvappa mean? It can be divied up into two words Sarva + Appa. Sarva means a deep pot with narrow mouth and Appa means a cake sort of preparation. So word to word translation of sarvappa comes to pot cake (sounds funny uhh!):). When we were kids, our dad used to tell us a funny story. One ignorant and arrongant person ate this servappa at a friend's place and was very egoistic to get the complete recipe from the friend. She just got the list of ingredients from her friend and just came to know that sarvappa is made by pressing the ingredients mixture to the pot(sarva). After going home, she wanted to try the recipe-collected all the ingredients-mixed them-and dutifully applied it on the outer side of the pot and put it on the flame directly. The sarvappa got all burnt out :D.

Anyways, enough of ramblings let's get to the recipe:


  • Rice Flour - 2 cups
  • Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric - a pinch
  • Curry leaves - 4 or 5 leaves
  • Split Peanuts - 1/2 cup
  • Split Yellow Moong Dal - 2 tbsp
  • Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped - 2-3 tbsp
  • Scallions green part finely chopped - 4
  • Small Onion - 1

  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • Mix the flour mixture with enough warm water to make it to chapati flour consistency.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal parts
  • Press one part into the dough into the inner sides of pan and make small holes into the cake with your finger. These holes make sure that appa is cooked evenly all over.
  • Pour a teaspoon of oil onto the appa, cover and cook in on medium heat for about 5 mins.
  • After 5 mins, take the lid off from the pan and cook for 2 more mins. By this time oil starts collecting into the holes made into the appa.
  • Turn off the fire and enjoy the servappa! It tastes equally good hot or cold.
  • Repeat the process for other three parts of the dough.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!


Blogger creativegod said...

Great Snack! Thanks for letting us know.

May 12, 2006 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Mythili said...

Wow - I was planning on making this too and my ammamma makes a great sarvapindi ( we call it sarva pindi). Good one!

May 12, 2006 11:55 AM  
Blogger Revathi said...

Wow I have never heard of this dish.. Which part of India is this dish made ??? Btw welcome to the blogging world.

May 12, 2006 7:53 PM  
Blogger Cooking Theory said...

bloggod: Thanks

mythili: I heard that it is called Servapindi by some people. Please blog about ur ammamma's version. I would love to see that.

revathi: Thanks. This dish is made in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh.

May 12, 2006 9:17 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

What a unique snack. I always learn of new dishes everytime I go blog hopping :-)
Welcome to blogosphere CT!

May 13, 2006 7:05 PM  
Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi CT,
Your Sarvappa is new to me. I will give it a try soon.

May 15, 2006 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My MIL makes the same thing though we really dont have a name for it:(
The only variation is that we add in chana dal ( soaked for about 3hours) to the flour. I will try with the peanuts, am sure it will be very yummy.
PS: Saw your comments on Mahanandi and got here, hope to see some nice recipes come along :)

May 25, 2006 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Sarva Pindi recepe. Do you know sakinalu ? (made with rice floor, seseme ?)

I searched in google, but could not get any results.

If you have a recepe for it, let me know.

Murali / Haripriya


January 04, 2007 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarvappa have never heard of. Thanks for sharing such a unique and traditional recipe here.
Chk here for other snacks and tiffin items:

March 07, 2007 12:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its good to taste, Thanks for sharing this

July 29, 2007 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Sarvappa Recipe. We call this as Sarva Pindi. It is very delicious snack. My Mom and Grandma makes this snack, we loved it. Now we are teaching to our kids this recipe and we are calling this snack as "Telangana Pizza." Thanks for bringing up my old memories!

November 03, 2007 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice snack thanks for sharing with us madam

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