November 7, 2012

Unniyappam-Nei Appam-Neyyappam Recipe (Using Rice Flour)-Diwali Sweets

Unniyappam or Neyyappam (Nei Appam) is a favourite at home and when I posted my athamma's unniyappam recipe that uses flour (or atta) and rava, a lot of people asked about the traditional Kerala-style unniyappam recipe that uses rice flour. I had gotten that recipe from my bedhamma (amma's elder sister) over a year back and made it around then but never got around to posting it because I thought athamma's neyyappam was easier and way softer. Also, the method I used was a bit different from the recipe.
Unni Appam-Unniyappam-Neyyappam-Appam Recipe (with Rice Flour)
Nevertheless, neyyappam (or unniyappam) is a regular Diwali sweet at my place and I can't think of a better time to share this recipe with you.

Unniyappam-Neyyappam-Kerala-Style using Rice Flour

Preparation time: 3 hours
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Makes 30 uniyappam
Recipe source: Bedhamma

1 cup of rice flour
1/4 cup of grated coconut
1/2 cup of grated jaggery
1/4 cup of pureed ripe banana (she uses palayan kodan or poovan pazham)
2-3 pods of cardamom, powdered
1/4 tsp of powdered jeera (cumin seeds)
1 tsp of black sesame seeds (ellu)
2 cups + 2 tsp of ghee (how to make ghee)

How I Made It:

1. Add 3 tbsp water to the jaggery and make a syrup by heating it for 3-4 mins. Strain and set aside.
Unni Appam-Unniyappam-Neyyappam-Appam Recipe (with Rice Flour)
2. Roast the coconut in the ghee until the edges start to turn golden brown.
Unni Appam-Unniyappam-Neyyappam-Appam Recipe (with Rice Flour)
3. Transfer the rice flour, roasted coconut, pureed banana, jeera powder, sesame seeds, and powdered cardamom to a bowl and mix well. Add the jaggery syrup and mix well again. You can also add a pinch of salt at this stage.
Unni Appam-Unniyappam-Neyyappam-Appam Recipe (with Rice Flour)
5. Leave this batter aside for 2-3 hours for fermentation. Then, heat the paniyaram pan and add ghee. Pour spoonfuls of the batter into each hole and cook on each side until golden brown.
Unni Appam-Unniyappam-Neyyappam-Appam Recipe (with Rice Flour)
Drain on kitchen towels and serve hot with tea.
Unni Appam-Unniyappam-Neyyappam-Appam Recipe (with Rice Flour)


- Instead of using rice flour, you can soak raw rice in water for 2 hours, drain it completely, and grind to a smooth powder before proceeding with the rest of the recipe. Bedhamma also recommended blending all ingredients together in a blender so it will get combined properly before fermentation

- Add a pinch of soda powder to the batter before fermenting if your banana is not too ripe

- Adjust jaggery quantity to the sweetness level you prefer

- You can fry fry the unniyappam in oil too but use ghee for the authentic taste and flavour

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