Unniappam – Sweet Fritters

Unniappam Sweet Fritters

 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!

5 from 1 vote
Unniappam - Sweet Fritters
Prep Time
8 hrs
Cook Time
35 mins

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.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: banana jaggery, sweet fritters, unni appam, unniappam, unniyappam
  • 4 cups raw rice soaked in water overnight
  • 8 -10 jaggery pieces 1 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 ripe plantains use over ripe ones , small bananas also can be used
  • 3 -4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
Fried ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut cuts thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cashews and raisins cut into small bits
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  1. Wash and Soak the rice in water overnight or for about 6 to 8 hours

  2. 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

  3. Take blender , grind the rice , ripe banana  and jaggery solution .If needed add water only if the consistency is very thick

  4. Next add the all purpose flour, salt and cooked rice and transfer contents to a fermenting bowl

  5. In a small pan heat ghee

  6. Brown the cut coconut pieces, sesame, nuts and raisins

  7. Add it to the batter along with the baking soda and mix well

  8. Let the batter ferment for about 6 to 8 hours

  9. Heat the appe-pan with medium flame and add oil to the little moulds 3/4 way up 

  10. Add a spoonful of batter and turn over when it seems cooked and you get a nice dark brown color

  11. The appams are ready to be enjoyed .It tastes even better the next day just like with any sweet dishes made with jaggery.

Recipe Notes

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.


Unniappam – Traditional sweet dish made with rice, banana and jaggery batter



Traditional sweet dish from Kerala



Irresistible sweet dish loved by kids and adults alike



unniappams are cooked in special appe-pans. The batter is poured into the small moulds and turned over to cook the other side when done.



Unniappam – Traditional sweet fritters

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  • Reply
    August 28, 2018 at 4:01 am

    our neighbour

  • Reply
    August 28, 2018 at 11:04 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious unniappams ! Welcome Back Dear!

    • Reply
      August 28, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you Smitha, definitely glad to be back 🙂

  • Reply
    August 28, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    It’s nice to have a break. Glad you’re back Nisha. 🙂

    • Reply
      August 28, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      yes exactly right Lorelle, Thank you so much!

  • Reply
    August 28, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Welcome back!❤️

    These look yummylicious!😊

    • Reply
      August 28, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you Richa .Glad you loved it and yes great to be back!

  • Reply
    August 28, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Happy to see you back….
    This is such a nice share Nisha…looks absolutely delightful….

    • Reply
      August 28, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you so much Jyo! Glad to hear you like it!

  • Reply
    August 29, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    5 stars
    These look so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the authentic recipe.

    • Reply
      August 30, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks a lot for the appreciation Megala!

  • Reply
    Divya Krishnan
    September 1, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Nostalgia overloaded! Reminds me of those good ol’ festive seasons!

    • Reply
      September 1, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment and glad it brought back memories .Yes indeed, it is a popular dish during the festivals !

  • Reply
    Vidya Narayan
    September 7, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      September 7, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      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 .

  • Reply
    September 7, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    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 😀

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      September 8, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      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 !

  • Reply
    October 9, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    My granny alwayss do this for me😋😋😋

    • Reply
      October 9, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      oh! how sweet , that must be really special. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      • Reply
        October 10, 2018 at 7:15 am

        You’re welcome 😍

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