There’s an ace appa-kadai around here

Appam and Chicken Curry There are Indian Restaurants and there are Indian Restaurants that never disappoint. One such place is Aachi Appa Kadai in Santa Clara. California. We’ve been...
Appam and Chicken Curry

There are Indian Restaurants and there are Indian Restaurants that never disappoint. One such place is Aachi Appa Kadai in Santa Clara. California. We’ve been to this restaurant several times and have been happy with the place, every time. Hoping this place will keep up the tastes and quality of its food, TipsyFromTheTrip would like to recommend the Appams here.

Aachi Appa Kadai serves Appam in different combinations:
Appam and Chicken Curry
Appam and Egg Curry
Appam and coconut milk
Appam and Veg Kurma
Appam and Mutton Curry
Appam and Fish Curry
They also have Paneer Appam and Chicken Kheema Appam.

Chicken Kheema Appam

Note:  This post is a recommendation for the Appams. Aachi Appa Kadai is a Chettinad restaurant and has other dishes too. If you’d like to know what they are and what new appam combinations they have, you could look up their official site
Also note:
  • Must taste – the appams in whatever combination you like.
  • Must never do – take away the Appams. Appams-to-go will never be as good as the hot ones you eat at the restaurant. 
  • Warning – On weekends (and Friday nights), you might have to wait as long as half an hour to be be seated. 
  • It looks like Aachi Appakadai has just opened a second restaurant around here. I haven’t visited there yet, when I do so, I’ll let you know how it goes. 
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26 Comments on this post.
  • Maliny
    18 April 2013 at 3:55 am

    Good old appam crossing boundaries! nice account Divya:)

    • dNambiar
      20 April 2013 at 7:00 am

      Hi Maliny,
      Here in the SF Bay Area there are a lot of Indians so there are several Indian restaurants too. There are other places that serve appams too. The appams at this Appa Kadai place are really good (so far).

      Thanks Maliny.

  • Desi Traveler
    18 April 2013 at 5:54 am

    Now I am hungry after seeing these yummy Appams…. πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      20 April 2013 at 7:03 am

      Now this is another place you should try when you come this side next time. Until then…mmm… maybe I can tell you how to make good ones at home. πŸ™‚

  • Arti
    18 April 2013 at 8:54 am

    Mmmmm, these appam pictures are so tempting πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      20 April 2013 at 7:07 am

      Those appams do look good don't they. They ARE good, actually.

      Want my recipe, Arti? πŸ˜‰

  • travelrage
    18 April 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Omg. I love appams with non vegetarian curry. I'm definitely going to this place!!

    • dNambiar
      20 April 2013 at 7:13 am

      Yeah, please do. You'll like the appams here. Be prepared for the long wait, eh, Most probably it'll take a while for you get a table. The place can be crowded over the weekends.

      Enjoy the appams, Neha. πŸ™‚

  • magiceye
    19 April 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Excellent photographs!!

    • dNambiar
      20 April 2013 at 7:14 am

      Thank you, Magiceye. πŸ™‚

  • Anu
    19 April 2013 at 12:40 pm

    The first picture is so inviting! Perfect shape, and crisp!

    • dNambiar
      20 April 2013 at 7:20 am

      πŸ™‚ How much south Indian food do you find around there, Anu?

  • Kusum Sanu
    20 April 2013 at 10:03 am

    Wow! That appam itself has a shape of bowl. Have never tasted one your post makes me taste one with veg kurma πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      21 April 2013 at 4:16 am

      The shape is because of the appa chatti, the wok-like dish it is made in. Watching how it's made is pretty interesting too.
      You should taste it. If you are travelling to Kerala sometime, try appam and stew (potato stew). You'll love it, Kusum. πŸ™‚

  • jaish_vats
    20 April 2013 at 3:20 pm

    One of my fav tiffin items πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      21 April 2013 at 4:18 am

      It is? Yum, right? πŸ™‚

  • Anil Nair
    22 April 2013 at 6:41 am

    Back when I lived in kerala, our family would make appam and egg curry once in a month. On a sunday as well. That was a great start to a sunday.

    Then me, my brother and two of our friends would watch a 4 PM movie. Then I would fret about doing my Maths homework because I was a constant procrastinator.

    Thanl you so much for your post. This particular post hit home for me. it is as if the taste and the colors from the screen leapt out of the screen and I could taste and smell the dish. The smell of appam always unlocks within me a well of memories.

    So much nostalgia.

    • dNambiar
      22 April 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Yeah? Most malayalees love this dish, alle? Appam is egg curry is a good combo. I'm so glad this post meant something to you and and that it brought back memories. πŸ™‚ Ah, I remember the Sunday 4'o clock movies. That was a weekly EVENT, wasn't it? :D.

      Ah and not having completed homework and the anxiety that comes with it! Tell me about it. It's funny how it's all blissfully forgotten for most of the weekend and then remembering it during that Sunday-evening-feature-film. πŸ™‚

      We make appams even now. Wanna know how to do it, Anil?

  • R Niranjan Das
    22 April 2013 at 8:21 pm
    • dNambiar
      22 April 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Really? Istalle? πŸ™‚
      They do look good in those pics, right? They taste good too.

      I've missed a couple of your posts, Niranjan. πŸ™ Will be coming by soon, k?

  • Anil Nair
    22 April 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Sorry to comment again, I think I might be in beach of an unspoken blogger convention here. But if your last words were about sharing your recipe or insructions to cook appam, I will be SO HAPPY =].

    btw, I have posted something new in my blog. The next post is about the places I want to visit in New Zealand and haven't done so.

    • dNambiar
      23 April 2013 at 7:35 am

      No problem, Anil. You breached no convention and I don't mind an extra comment. πŸ™‚
      Yup. Shall send you the recipe.

      Wow, a travel related post? I would love to read it; will be coming over soon. πŸ™‚

  • Rahul Bhatia
    23 April 2013 at 6:28 am

    Such a delectable spread! Am sure you would not be missing Kerala after eating these Appams, Divya:)

    • dNambiar
      23 April 2013 at 7:36 am

      There's no missing home as far as food is concerned, Mr. Bhatia. The San Francisco Bay area has plenty of Indian restaurants and some of them are so very good. πŸ™‚

  • traveltalesfromchennai
    25 April 2013 at 10:51 am

    Nice post! A slice of India.. Kalpana

  • Meoww
    9 May 2013 at 2:57 am

    Love appams and it is a great to have your favorite dishes on restaurants menu!

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