Today's recipe is "unniappam" or "unniyappam" which are sweet fritters, a very popular sweet dish from my home town in Kerala .I am glad to be back in action again .It seems like a long hiatus from blogging this summer for me . I got busy with a couple of short summer trips locally and family visiting . It was very hectic but fun and rejuvenating nonetheless! I did miss blogging and have a lot to catch up on my wordpress reader.
Back to today's recipe "Uniappam" , it was one of the sweet dishes I made for my little nieces visiting as they absolutely love this dish. It had been a while I made this dish and I had to get the latest reliable recipes from my sister and mom who had made it recently . The recipe turned out just perfect .Although the process of making the batter and frying is a bit tedious , it is indeed worth the effort and the end result is absolutely awesome.
How to make Uniappam ?
You need an appe pan to make this delicious dish. It is a pan with small little moulds , refer to the picture of the appe-pan below . The main ingredients are soaked rice, jaggery and banana which is ground to a semi-coarse batter. It is important to get the right consistency and to use very little water while making the batter .Some folks use rice flour to make the batter but I prefer to grind the soaked rice with the melted jaggery .The ingredients and the complete recipe is below. Hope you like it. Enjoy!
A very delicious traditional sweet dish made with ground soaked rice with jaggery , bananas and fried in appe-pan usually made for festivals and occasions.
- 4 cups raw rice soaked in water overnight
- 8 -10 jaggery pieces 1 inch cubes
- 1 ½ ripe plantains use over ripe ones , small bananas also can be used
- 3 -4 tbsp all purpose flour
- ½ tsp cardamom powder
- ½ cup cooked rice
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp coarse salt
- ½ cup coconut cuts thinly sliced
- ½ cup cashews and raisins cut into small bits
- 1 tsp black sesame seeds
Wash and Soak the rice in water overnight or for about 6 to 8 hours
Melt jaggery with very little water in a pan on a stove top. It is important to use as little water as possible . Once jaggery is dissolved Cool the solution to room temerature
Take blender , grind the rice , ripe banana and jaggery solution .If needed add water only if the consistency is very thick
Next add the all purpose flour, salt and cooked rice and transfer contents to a fermenting bowl
In a small pan heat ghee
Brown the cut coconut pieces, sesame, nuts and raisins
Add it to the batter along with the baking soda and mix well
Let the batter ferment for about 6 to 8 hours
Heat the appe-pan with medium flame and add oil to the little moulds ¾ way up
Add a spoonful of batter and turn over when it seems cooked and you get a nice dark brown color
The appams are ready to be enjoyed .It tastes even better the next day just like with any sweet dishes made with jaggery.
Use small and over ripe bananas as far as possible for the authentic taste.Over ripe plantains can be used as well.You can skip adding the fried coconut bits, sesame seeds and nuts.
Make sure the batter is fermented for at least 6 to 8 hours.
The consistency should be in between idli and dosa batter.
Absolutely delicious unniappams ! Welcome Back Dear!
Thank you Smitha, definitely glad to be back 🙂
It's nice to have a break. Glad you're back Nisha. 🙂
yes exactly right Lorelle, Thank you so much!
These look yummylicious!😊
Thank you Richa .Glad you loved it and yes great to be back!
Happy to see you back....
This is such a nice share Nisha...looks absolutely delightful....
Thank you so much Jyo! Glad to hear you like it!
These look so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the authentic recipe.
Thanks a lot for the appreciation Megala!
Nostalgia overloaded! Reminds me of those good ol' festive seasons!
Thank you so much for the wonderful comment and glad it brought back memories .Yes indeed, it is a popular dish during the festivals !
The post is a killer Nisha. I adore uniappams and being a Palakkad Iyer, this is one major weakness in terms of regional dessert that I have. Cannot simply stop at one. Beautiful clicks.
Thanks my friend appreciate it! I completely understand and with you on that.. as I can’t stop at one as well. They are simply irresistible .
The pics are sooo tempting, makes me feel like grabbing one right out of the screen 😛 😛 I tasted this too, so can vouch for the yummy taste 😀 Kids, of course, loved ALL the delicious sweets and treats made by their sweet and adorable aunt who left no stone unturned pampering and spoiling them 😀
Awww, Thank you so much dear sis for such a wonderful comment, it made my day :). Thanks for also sharing the recipe. Yes of course, I just love pampering the sweet little angels !
My granny alwayss do this for me😋😋😋
oh! how sweet , that must be really special. Thank you so much for stopping by!
You're welcome 😍