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Monday, October 10, 2011

Vattayappam | Steamed Sweet Rice Cakes

Steamed sweet rice cakes/ bread(vattayappam) are one of the delicacies from the God's own country ,Kerala.The term 'appam' refers to any fermented bread, usually prepared from finely powdered rice flour or grounded plain rice.I just love these a lot and make them frequently.But I make it differently (traditional way)of making by grinding raw rice and coconuts and so on.But here I found out a simple way to make the vattayappams.I used the maggi coconut milk powder and rice flour. It came out very well, and thought of sharing this with all.

Kindly check the YouTube #shorts for the full steps.

Latest Update: I have been trying this recipe so many times now over the years and I felt the need of pav kachiyathu to this recipe for the proper binding. So have updated the ingredients and list with all the new modifications done. The pics without cashew and raisins are the latest one from shorts. You can try vattayappams like the bakery style version without cashews and raisins.  

(Updated pics)

I have prepared this recipe using store brought roasted raw rice flour and homemade roasted flour. Both have yielded good results. Also, I have tried using freshly squeezed coconut milk and store brought milk powder packets. Use medium thick coconut milk for this recipe. The taste was simply superb and better than the previous method.When you read through, you may feel this method quite simple and interesting.The recipe is a healthy and filling one, guilt free one!!

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Fermentation ~ 1–2 hours
Author ~ Julie
Serves ~ 2 appams of 7" round
rice flour 1 cup
coconut milk (thick) 1.5 - 1.75 cups
granulated sugar 1/3- 1/2 cup (sweet as desired)
cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
instant yeast 1/2 tsp
salt to taste

cashews, 2 tbsp (optional)
raisins, 2 tbsp (optional)

  • Prepare the thick coconut milk (I have used the maggi milk powder) using hot water. If using freshly squeezed coconut milk, then use 1 cup grated coconut with considerable amount of fat for best tastes and texture. 
  • Mix 2tbsp of roasted rice flour with 1/2 cup water. Mix this well without lumps and then bring to a boil. Stir continously until a thick paste forms. Switch off flame and cool slightly.
  • Mix the rice flour, salt, sugar(I used 1/3 cup), cardamom powder and instant yeast. Slowly pour in the medium thick coconut milk and make a thick batter (like dosas). Add the thick paste when warm (pav kachiyathu) and mix well.Add the remaining coconut milk little by little till you get a lump free dosa batter like consistency.
  • Cover and leave for fermentation for about 1–2 hours. After fermentation, mix gently so that the air is not deflated much.
  • Grease a plate 7" with sides or the idli moulds with butter or ghee. Pour the batter into it and add the cashews & raisins on top (if using).
  • Steam in a steamer or idli cooker for 12-15 minutes on medium flame.(I used the idli cooker and made in a small bowl, see last pic)
  • Remove from flame, let it cool down completely before cutting the pieces.
  • Serve as breakfast or as snack.

*You can also prepare the same by grinding plain rice and grated coconut.
* You can prepare the same using jaggery instead of sugar.
* If using freshly squeezed coconut milk, then use 1 cup grated coconut with considerable amount of fat for best tastes and texture. Also, avoi using the brown portion of the grated coconut else the colour of the vattayappam may not be nice.
* The amount of sugar mentioned in the recipe i.e 1/2 cup yields a moderately sweet vattayappam, modify the sugar as per your tastes. I used only 1/3 cup.
* Also, the sweetness decreases on steaming, so always add a slightly more than desired to get the correct sweetness after steaming.
* Check for adequate water in the steamer.
* Adding cashew and raisins is strictly optional. Bakery style vattayppams don't use cashews or raisins.

(old pic)

Sending this to The Kerala Kitchen Hosted by Khushi @  A Girl's Diary

Also sending this to Any One Can Cook Series 36 hosted by Ayeesha @ Taste of Pearl City


MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie,this vattalappam luks spongy and yumm.Luv to try this rice sweet cakes soon.

Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

very delicious n authentic sweet...this version sounds so easy too, thanx for sharing with us !!!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx Christy n Sangee for your quick responses..

Recipe world said... Best Blogger Tips

Looking soft and yummy!! Wanna taste it :P

Amina Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

looks spongy and delicious...

Indu said... Best Blogger Tips

I love vattayappam, somehow I never get to eat to eat it regularly! Pics look good!

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Deep Krishna Dubai said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice presentation,Juls..Appam looks Yum..

Manju said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie.....Am here :)
Vattayappam looks so spongy and tempting...must try one....
Nice to be here :)

La @ FoodSlice said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks yum, and i have been craving for sweets lately. haven't heard of mixing yeast to rice flour paste before.. love your fluffy, healthy tasty dish, Julie.

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

hooo..divine and perfect Vattayappams.Who can resist I doubt Julie.Awesome !

Roshu said... Best Blogger Tips

Love ths!!!
i dint try yet

Neetz said... Best Blogger Tips

my fav! and defintiely a christian authentic food :).. appams looks os spongy.. hope u all had fun making it :)

Vidhya said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie feel like taking a bite out of your delicious looking Vattayappam.

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Love Vattaiappams...liked your simple and easy method of making it

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on

Suhaina said... Best Blogger Tips

love the and kids...i too make these quite often...looks adipoly.

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Wat an authentic dish, love this vattalappam very much..

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Wat an authentic dish, love this vattalappam very much..

Nimi SunilKumar said... Best Blogger Tips

cute all time fav

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said... Best Blogger Tips

Usually I buy apam from outside shop, your homemade one must be very fresh and good.

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie super aayittundu...spongy and yummy..

Sensible Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and spongy one, looks fantastic.

Sushma Mallya said... Best Blogger Tips

wow they have come out so spongy and perfect!

Shema George said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Julie...Nice knowing you. Your blog looks well established with lot of interesting and yummy recipes. Very nice. Vatteappam looks really delicious. I love vatteappam

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx all, @ Suhaina : Thanx for the theme too..

Hema Krishnamohan said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely space. I need to learn a lot from younger generation.Appreciate your interest and admire you. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very spongy and I love your title and similar presentation. Wonderful.

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cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie. very sweet looking white color dessert with pretty addtions of chews and other nuts.
the simple ingredients gives it a better taste i think..have a nice day, wish to try this some day

Sravs said... Best Blogger Tips

They look so soft and delicious !!

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Indian Khana said... Best Blogger Tips

That's a nice idea ...looks yum

Gayathri NG said... Best Blogger Tips

Athuntic recipe...thks for sharing will try this soon..

Pushpa said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful and delicious.

Jayanthy Kumaran said... Best Blogger Tips ur divine recipe collections Julie..cant wait to giv a try now..:)
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Raksha said... Best Blogger Tips

Pls collect and publish an award from my blog:

lubnakarim06 said... Best Blogger Tips

New to me...looks extremely yum....

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi friends, Thanx all for your shower of comments..

Nandinis food said... Best Blogger Tips

Mothwatering vattappams! They look very delicious and lovely!

JishasKitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

my fav..yum yum

Medley of Many Things said... Best Blogger Tips

Noted this down, I'm making this!!
Thanks a bunch Julie!! This vattayappam looks divine.
I think, when I searched your blog , I spelled vattayappam wrong & that is why I could not find it!! Thanks for getting back.

Vidya Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very soft and yummy.

Suhasini said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi can i avoid yeast?

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Suhasini Deepak Hi Suhasini,I have tried using the fermented drink from coconut trees(kallu) instead of yeast but no other substitution is not yet tried :)