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Monday, July 23, 2012

Unniyappam (2 versions) | Sweet Paniyaram | Traditional Kerala Snack

Unniyappam is a traditional Kerala sweet snack which is very familiar among all the Keralites.These are made in the Dutch pan or the south indian paniyaram pan or unniyappam chatti.I love unniappam from childhood days and my favorite now too.Ideally puttu podi is the rice flour used for making unniappam,says my mom.Puttu podi is slightly coarse rice powder with small tid bits in it and its roasted just for 3-4 mins unlike the idiappam or kozhukatta rice flour.But here I tried it with the puttu podi that we find in stores and also tried another version with ground rice too.The former was soft appams but the latter with ground rice was very very soft ones.I have explained both the versions,Do give this a try whichever suits you better if you have the unniyappam chatti or paniyaram pan !!

1.Using rice flour method
unroasted rice flour(preferably unroasted puttu podi) 1 cup
banana 2 mashed
jaggery 3/4-1 cup(refer notes)
cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
ghee 2 tbsp
coconut pieces 2 tbsp
cardamom powder 3/4 tsp
oil for deep frying

2.Using ground rice-
long grain rice /pachari/plain rice 1 cup
banana 1 mashed
jaggery 3/4-1 cup(refer notes)
cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
ghee 2 tbsp
coconut pieces 2 tbsp
cardamom powder 3/4 tsp
oil for deep frying

1.Using the rice flour method-
- Boil water (1 cup )water in a pan and add the jaggery in it.Boil until the jaggery melts,turn off flame.Strain for impurities and keep aside to cool.
-Heat ghee in a pan and fry the coconut pieces till golden brown.
-Mash the bananas using a fork or blender whichever comfortable.
-Take the rice flour in a bowl,add the jaggery,bananas and make a smooth batter like for dosas.Add in the cumin seeds and cardamom powder.

-Add in the fried coconut pieces along with ghee,mix well to combine.
-Cover and leave to ferment 6-7 hours.I usually leave it overnight like my mom does it too.
-After fermentation,heat the paniyaram pan.Pour oil until 3/4th full and let it heat well on medium heat.
-Check the consistency of batter,and if required add 2 tbsp of milk.Mix well.
-Using a spoon,pour batter in the holes upto 3/4 th full ideally.(But my pan holes were very small,so I filled full)
-You can see the sides getting slightly browned,then using a skewer or fork turn the other side.
-Let that side get cooked & brown too.Remove from flame using the skewer and drain on a paper towel.
-Pour oil into the holes if required for the next batch.Let it heat and then pour the batter.Repeat the same  steps till you finish the batter.
-Serve with tea,unniyappam stays good for 2 days !!
2.Using the ground rice method
-Wash and soak 1 cup of long grain rice(pachari) in water for 4-5 hours.
-Boil about 3/4 cup of water in a bowl and add the jaggery to it.Melt and strain the impurities.Leave to cool.
-Add half of the strained jaggery and soaked rice in a blender/mixer.Grind it until 3/4th done that is you should have some bits of rice in it.
-Add in the bananas and blend once more.
-Remove from blender and add all other ingredients.Repeat all other steps from fermentation to frying just like the above method.
-The last image shows the ones made with this method.

Servings ~ 20-25 appams

* Usually palayamkodan banana/mysore banana is used.But In US ,you can use 1 large overripe banana if you are using puttu podi.But I used 2 bananas as the rice flour wasn't puttu podi.
* Some people tend to add baking soda/baking powder,but here I haven't added anything to the batter.Adding baking soda consumes more oil.Leaving overnight helps the batter to ferment nicely.You can see the inside so soft in the last image.
* You can add 2 tbsp of maida too to the batter to make it more soft,but I haven't added that.(Mom's tips)
* Use the dark color jaggery for unniyappam as this gives the nice color.I have used that.
* You can add black sesame seeds (1 tsp)for added flavor and taste.
* The heat should be kept uniform throughout the process on medium heat.If you increase the heat the inside may not cook properly and gets browned faster.If you cook at low flame,the oil consumption will be more.

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Sending this to The Kerala Kitchen event hosted by Geetha @ Sun,moon & Potatoes


Soni said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious!!!I've had these at a friends place and absolutely loved it :)

divyagcp said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious.. Love the presentation.

Mahi said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy appams! Looks delicious!

Sanoli Ghosh said... Best Blogger Tips

Very new to me. Delectable one.... said... Best Blogger Tips

Bookmarked.....i love unniappam..i want to try both the methods...

Sumi said... Best Blogger Tips

both method looks perfect. Never made with rice flour, although my FIL would always get a packet from the sweet stall..used to relish it. Will try this soon

cindyrina said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, look delicious for snacking...

great-secret-of-life said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice and Yummy desert!

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

I love to have this anytime of the day... Yummmm

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

My neighbour used to make these and send over to our house when.. brings back so many memories.

Reshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

well explained.. it is my fav too. looks nice.. and want some of them..

Lijna said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie,

unniappam looks yummy.
Thanks for visiting my blog and following..following yours too..looking forward to more yummy recipes

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice composition julie...Yummy and crave for few unniyappams now.

cookbookjaleela said... Best Blogger Tips

unni appam is my fav dish..
nice one ,mouthwatering dish.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

love this paniyaram. all time favorite for me,my mom used to make this when we go to India.


Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

i love this snack!yummy flavours!

Swetha Sree said... Best Blogger Tips

Really nice sweet to munch after a heavy meal , we make some thing similar too :)

Divya A said... Best Blogger Tips

Sweet paniyaram my favorite ones :) Looks cute and loved that bowl too :)
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cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, we also have a dessert with banana and grated fresh coconut mix- very delicious.. but never tried with spices added- new taste here and very appetizing too.
bookmarked with thanks. have a nice day

Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

I love unniappams.... you have made it so perfect

R.Punitha said... Best Blogger Tips

HiJulie ,

Unniyappam Looks YummYYY !!!

Neat presentation :))

Keep up this GooD work Dear...

Rashida Shaikh said... Best Blogger Tips

Pan is making it easier and healthier than oil version.

Jeyashris Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

cute and fluffy appams. Nicely done

Rekha said... Best Blogger Tips

so inviting!!! looks very delicious

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious appam.....

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy them...I always grind the rice and make.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

wow.. mouthwatery paniyaram.. inviting clicks..

Beena said... Best Blogger Tips

Unniyappam lokks very delicious

Az said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so good... done to perfection!

Tina said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely delicious unniyappam..

Vineetha Sush said... Best Blogger Tips

Adipoli uniappam Julie,ithoke kazhichitu kalam kure ayi..mhmm kothi avunu.
BTW i have posted that oats berries drink at my space...thanks for sharing it :)

Achu said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow awesome my favorite one :) Loved it so much..Nice dear.

Leelagovind said... Best Blogger Tips

unniyappam is best!usually i make it using the ground rice method..thanks for sharing the other 2 methods as well..

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Unniyappam looks so delicious n mouthwatering.

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Takes me back to my childhood where we loved it when Karanukarn Aunty served this and we fought over who gets how many! :)
Thanks dear maybe I should join you.

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious, love the coconut pieces in it..

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Makes me crave for some,looks so yummy

Vrinda said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy yummm..all time fav..

Priyanka Verma said... Best Blogger Tips

Good one !!want to eat we called it in hindi -Puude but the way you made it pretty much new to me .. thanks for sharing

Angela said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful dish! Makes me hungry.

Shabbu said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy unniappam..will try this..
Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so mouthwatering..... this is new for me...

hotpotcooking said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious paniiyaram

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Aww!! My fav unni appam! I love that coconut chips.. Nostalgic!!

@lekshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

my favourite.........

Manju said... Best Blogger Tips

sho!!! one of my fav snack

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, looks so tempting & delicious. Lovely clicks!