Goad Appams: A traditional konkani sweet ball

pics of goad appams Konkani recipes by Arun Shanbhag

For Ganapati, M made Goad Appams, a traditional konkani sweet ball generally made during utsav (Hindu festivals), though not necessarily for Ganapati, when the variant modaks are the preferred sweets. The appams (sing. appo ), came out perfect.

You need an appae kaili. A circular muffin pan, made of heavy cast iron with semi-circular cavities the size of ice-cream scoops. The kaili (pan) is heated on a regular stove top. If push-comes-to-shove, you could use a muffin tray in the oven for 20 min at 375 deg C.


  • Blend the wheat flour, jaggery, salt, crushed cardamons and grated coconut to the consistency of cookie dough. Add a few tablespoons of milk to adjust thickness.
  • Heat appae kaili on a stove top and dribble some tuup in each cavity.
  • When hot, scoop out a tablespoon of dough into each cavity. Load the center last, as it's the first one done.
  • Add another dribble of tuup over the dough.
  • Cook covered on low heat for 7-10 minutes.
  • The edges will get crusty and dark brown.
  • Use a spoon to scoop the appos turn it over and add another dribble of tuup.
  • Cooked covered for another 5 minutes.

Not yet done. M arranged a few appams in a plate (see pic), placed it in front of our home shrine and said a small prayer thanking Ganapati for our blessed lives. Then we feasted. Appams and milk. Yumm!

11 thoughts on “Goad Appams: A traditional konkani sweet ball

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  1. Dear Maam,

    I was really very eager and wondering how this dish is prepared because it tastes really yummy but i was not knowing how it is prepared.
    I will try to do it thanks for that update

  2. dear maam,

    I am all set to prepare it right now … d same reciepie i tried out dosas ,which turned out yummy … hope goddu appo too will come out good :-)… my dearest mom in law does this excellent , we all njoy it when we go to our sweet home town in mlore …
    thanks maam , 4 posting this 🙂
    Archana 🙂

    1. You are welcome archana!
      Hope the goddu appo came our well
      and glad the recipe was helpful!

      but certainly it will never be as good as mom’s!
      Thank you for sharing your comment.

        1. Thanks for the update, Archana:
          Sorry they turned hard ~ perhaps if you left the dough on the counter fore a few hours to facilitate some fermentation, may have helped.


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