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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 in a different way (traditional way)of making a an additional thick paste using rice flour and water (pav kachunathu/kappi kurukiyathu),then mixing it with the rice paste and grinding 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.

(Updated pics)

The taste was simply superb and better than the previous method.When you read through ,you may feel this method very simple and interesting.The recipe is a healthy and filling one,guilt free one!!

rice flour - 1 1/2 cup
coconut milk (thick)- 1 1/2 cup
sugar -  1/2 cup (sweet as desired)

cardamom powder -1 tsp
cashew n raisins - 1/4 cup
yeast - 3/4 tsp
salt to taste
water as required

  • Prepare the thick coconut milk (I have used the maggi milk powder ) using hot water.
  • Mix the rice flour slowly into it and make a thick batter(like idlis).Add this into the blender to make it a smooth paste.
  • Add in the sugar,salt, cardamom powder,
  • Add in the cashews and raisins.
  • Mix the yeast in leuk warm water (about 20 ml) and add to the batter.
  • Ferment for about 4-5 hours.Stir well and check the salt and sugar,adjust if required.Add the half of cashews mentioned.
  • Grease a plate with sides or the idli moulds with butter or ghee.
  • Pour the batter into it.
  • Steam in a steamer or idli cooker for 15minutes on medium flame.(I used the idli cooker and made in a small bowl,see last pic)
  • Open the lid ,you can see the cake puffed up,add the remaining cashews on top and steam for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from flame,let it cool down,cut into 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.
* The amount of sugar mentioned in the recipe i.e 1/2 cup yields a moderately sweet vattayappam,increase the sugar as per your tastes.Also,sugar content decreases on steaming so always add a slightly more than desired to get the correct sweetness.
* Check for adequate water in the steamer.
* I have added raisins in my second attempt.

(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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Deepa. R. Krishnan 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 :)