Similar to Vathal, we have some thing called Appalam.
Appalam making is also a long process like Vathal.
Appalam and Vathal are nowadays available in the super market.
People still make Vathal at home and this can be seen more commonly in the country side. However, Appalam is not that common as a home made item.
Appalam will be always there in traditional Tamil course meal.
Spelling variations in Tamil name for Appalam: