Thursday, October 27, 2011


Unniappam or Neyyappam is a famous sweet dish from Kerala. It is similar to Tamilnadu's 'inippu kuzhipaniyaram' with some banana. some months ago I tasted this made by a friend and absolutely loved it. Making perfect shaped paniyaram using my heavy pan is a challenge for me, so I needed a detailed recipe. Then I googled and got this recipe from this video that gave me the spongy unniappam. Try this during a rainy weekend and enjoy!

My puff pancake pan serving as traditional thick bottom appa kal:) Minimum heat is the secret behind paniyaram.
Unniappam after flipping.
Pillow-soft unniappam ready to eat !

Rice flour - 1 cup
maida (AP flour) - 1/2 cup
ravai (Sooji) - 2 tbsp
(sooji makes flipping easy)
jaggery (or) palm jaggery - 200 gm (1 cup)
coconut - 2 tbsp
cardamom - 2
banana - 1 (well ripe)
raisin - 4
baking soda - 1/4 tsp
coconut oil / ghee - 1/4 cup (as per need)

Mix jaggery with 1/2 cup water and bring it to a boil. Switch off, let it dissolve. Filter and remove any impurities. Let it cool.

Grind banana, coconut, raisin,cardamom together to a fine paste.

Mix all the three flours in a mixing bowl. Add the banana paste and jaggery solution, mix well. It should be thick like idly batter. Let it soak for 2 hours.
(We can keep the batter after 2 hours inside fridge and use for a week).

Just before preparing the unniappam, add the baking soda, mix well and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Heat a paniyarakkal (paniyaram pan / puff pancake pan) or appakaral. Add oil/ ghee till 1/2 of the depth of each hole (first time only, then 1 tsp in each hole will do). Let it get hot.

Then pour the uniappam mix in each hole till 3/4.
Reduce heat to the minimum and wait till its cooked on one side.
Then with the help of a wooden skewer (vadai kambi), gently flip the appams.
Let them cook in that side too.

Then take them out and drain the excess oil using a kitchen towel.

Unniappam is ready!

Serving suggestion:
Makes a tea time snack or a  traditional breakfast.
Makes 28 pieces
(7 hole paniyaram pan X 4 times)

Mix oil and butter / ghee to get a more flavored neyappam.
Cook the unnippam covered with a tight lid, if it sticks to pan.


Hari Chandana P said...

Very delicious and authentic recipe.. looks perfect !!
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divya said...

looks so delicious and tempting...lovely clicks dear ...

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said...

Kerala Paniyaram luks super delicious Dear.Luv it.Wonderful and worth-trying recipe too.Yum Yum.

Simplyfood said...

These look really tempting and delicious.

Priya Suresh said...

Can have this fabulous unniappams anytime, just love it..

Rachana said...

Unniappam looks so delicious.

R said...

they look super delicious!

Tina said...

looks perfect dear..yumm..

Suja Manoj said...

Delicious snack..lovely clicks..

Sravs said...

Looks so delicious and wonderful unniappam!!
First time here dear !! u have an excellent space and happy to follow u !!

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Bindu said...

Delicious & tempting !!

My first visit to your space and I love it.. beautiful presentation .. glad to follow U

grace said...

Unniappam is the best recipe in kerala....

Unknown said...

Hi.....I tried out this recipe exactly as per your blog. Trust me really turned out yummy! !!!!!! Thank you!

Unknown said...

Hi.......I tried your recipe ditto as per your blog. Trust me turned out really tasty. Thank you deary!!!!

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thanks Shinu.