5 from 1 vote
Unniappam - Sweet Fritters

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.

Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.