Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Unniyappam Recipe - Kerala Unniappam - Neyyappam

Unniyappam Recipe
Unniyapam is a popular snak in Kerala. I had few readers asking for unniyappam recipe so thought not wait for vishu so I tried it last week to post it here for onam itself :). The traditional way of making unniyappams is deep frying them but I just toasted them as we make for paniyaram to cut down oil.....Also I deep fried the neiappams o wanted to try a low fat version here. Unniyappam (literally means small ricecake) is a popular snack in Kerala and is usually made using rice flour, jaggery and banana.
Unniyappam Recipe
I have already tried neiappam by grinding the rice from the scratch method so opted to go in for the instant rice flour method for making uniyappam but have given measures and method for both ways. You can deep fry them too as per your preference.
Unniyappam Recipe

UniyappamRecipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 1hr 15mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Kerala

Rice flour (Idiyappam flour) - 1 cup
Banana - 1/2 medium sized
Rava - 1.5 tbsp
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Coconut pieces - 2 tbsp(I used grated coconut)
Cardamom powder - 3/4 tsp
Water - 3/4 cup
Oil - for frying

Using ground rice method:

Idli Rice - 3/4 cup
Banana - 1 mashed
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Coconut pieces 2 tbsp
Cardamom powder - 3/4 tsp
Oil - for frying

Method:

  1. Roast coconut in a tsp of ghee till golden brown, set aside.(The tradition way used coconut pieces you can do that too). Next in a pan heat jaggery with water till it is fully dissolved. Switch off and strain to remove impurities.Allow it to cool.
    How to make unniyappam - Step1
  2. In a mixing bowl, add rice flour, rava,cardamom powder,roasted coconut,sesame seeds(you can roast that too for few seconds) and banana. Then add the jaggery syrup to form a semi thick batter more like idli batter consistency. If its runny add little more rice flour to bring it to the desired consistency.Allow it to rest for atleast for 1 hr.
    How to make unniyappam - Step2
  3. Heat paniyaram pan, add remaining ghee + oil in each hole and spoon the batter and fill ip up in each hole. Drizzle oil around the sides in each hole. Allow it cook - When you see the sides getting browned, then carefully flip over to other side with the help od a spoon and cook till golden brown on both sides.
    How to make unniyappam - Step3

Using the ground rice method - Check here for stepwise

  1. Rinse and soak rice in water for 4-5 hours.Meanwhile boil about 3/4 cup of water in a bowl and add the jaggery to it.Melt and strain the impurities.Allow it to cool.
  2. Add half of the strained jaggery and soaked rice in a grinder/mixer.Grind it to a semi coarse batter...if we touch the batter and rub it between fingers we should feel the small bits in it and yes that is the right consistency.
  3. Then add all other ingredients - cardamom powder,roasted coconut, sesame seeds(you can roast that too for few seconds) , banana and mix well to form a semi thick batter. Allow it to ferment for atleast 4 hours - leaving overnight is best too.
  4. Then repeat the last step for roasting/frying the uniyappams.

Serve as teatime snack!
Neyyappam

My Notes:

  • As I've mentioned, I have not deep fried it. You can even deep fry them by pouring oil to 3/4 of each hole then adding the batter.
  • Fermenting time is sure required for the appams to puff up well and to be soft. The fermentation happens quicker during summer but in winters it is best to keep overnight for fermentation if you follow the 2nd method.
  • If you dont want to wait for fermenting, then add 4 to 5 tbsp of idli batter to quicken the process and make a instant version :)
  • You can also roast the rice flour for 2mins then use it.
  • You can deep deep fry them fully in ghee for a more richer version.
Unniyappam Recipe


Written by: SHARMILEE J

48 comments:

  1. Wow, loved the way they are uniformly covered. I have seen so many fellow bloggers using this cooking dish that I am tempted to buy it. Your dish just added to my temptation :)

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  2. Its in my try list.. wish to grab some.. awesome clicks.

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  3. beautiful photography.....this is my fav thing ever...we are mallu's so my mom makes them for every special occasion and i still remember doing anything for her on that day so that i get the first unniappam she makes....my mom dont add banana's...i am not sure of recipe but will do share them if there is something different...as am sure that will help you.

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  4. Beautifully puffed up unni appam :) Delicious it looks.

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  5. Making appams with rice flour sounds yum, you have made it very perfectly

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  6. i love this a lot...my mum used to make it often

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  7. I like the deep fried version of this very much.its been a long time I made it.

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  8. Yummy recipe...looks absolutely delicious...nice clicks.

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  9. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing, will make them today.

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  10. Aww! unniappam is looking perfect...nice clicks as usual.

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  11. These look wonderful! I love that mould of yours!

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  12. so soft and wonderful looking unniappam

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  13. hi sharmilee........loving the photography n presentation! they looks so cute...dont have the heart to eat them after so much of hard work!:)

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  14. A nice traditional recipe..These look wonderful!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  15. loved this unniappam as well as beautiful pictures... well done...
    VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

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  16. Appams are super yum,beautiful pictures dear.

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  17. Prefect looking cute balls, wish to have some anytime.

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  18. super inviting dear!!! Join me in Fast food event - Noodles.

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  19. Just love your presentation.
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  20. Delicious looking unniyappams...Loved the idea of not deep frying it..Lovely captures..

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  21. i thought of making it with rice flour n worried about the taste n texture now i can proceed without hesitation...it come out really good n looks delicious...gonna try it soon! very nice pics!

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  22. loved your second picture & the unniyappam looks yum!

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  23. love the pics and the golden unniappam's! now you tempt me! second pic is so good!

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  24. Long time I made Appams..these neyyappam look tempting to make mine soon!

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  25. Love all the pictures sharmi. we prepare this often but fry them in oil instead of using paniyaram pan. Sometimes i use wheatflour when I ran out of rice flour. Tempting here...

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  26. /looks like soft spongy balls! amazing clicks as usual :)

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  27. Lovely one sharmi.. beautiful clicks.

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  28. My mother makes a similar dessert called Honey Buns. The batter is a combination of semolina, coconut milk and flour and it is cooked in the same pan, then dunked in simple syrup. Must get her to try your version.

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  29. Thanx for the mention about my space, Sharmi.. Looks delicious & yum unniappams, love these a lot:)

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  30. Yummy and delectable..superb click as usual..

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  31. the appams are looking so beautifully golden... i make these when i have leftover bananas at home.. i too have a recipe which i have not posted.. simply coz the appams are much darker as i had added palm jaggery to the batter. yours are perfect texture, color and shape....

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  32. Awesome unniappams and lovely clicks too

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  33. /lovely :) would like to try idly rice method dear ! ur blog s amazing dear! happy to follow you.do please visit my blog http://tangymind.blogspot.com once you r free..i ll be thankful to u for following me dear wishing u very happy onam dear :)

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  34. That look so cool. Iike little pancakes with flavor :)

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  35. These look delicious. I love Kerala cuisine. Where can I buy that pan from in India? I have seen it abroad but never seen it in Home Centre or Big Bazaar.

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  36. @Karen : You can check out saravana stores / rathna stores Chennai they are having it.

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  37. Hi Sharmilee, pls tell me why do u use rava in this recipe...while unniyappams are usually pillow-soft, the addition of rava makes them crispier. isn't it.. pl correct if I am wrong. TIA

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    1. I am new to kerala cuisines so just followed the orginal recipe...the appams were not at all crispy , they were chewy and spongy.

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  38. My hubby loves unni appam and it never turned out good until I tried your recipe using idli rice. It turned out wonderfully soft and tasty.

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  39. Thanks a lot Sharmi..
    Pls try to post Achappam recipe

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  40. Hi Sharmi,

    Everyone at my place love your recipes.
    Help me with this doubt.?
    Is it okie if i dont add sesame seeds in this.?

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  41. Hi..
    i wnant to know what to do if the batter gets thick?

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