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Unniyappam : Kerala's popular snack recipe

Updated on September 4, 2015

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Unniyappam is the popular snack of Kerala. Unniyappam is a fluffy snack made out of rice, Banana, jaggery, coconut bites and ghee. Unniyappam can be understood as follows - in malayalam "unni" means small and "appam" means rice cakes ; so unniyappam means small rice cakes, and here we make the unniyappam by deep frying it in the oil.

Unniyappam is loved by everyone. It is usually made as offering to the Hindu temples to the deities. And now a days Christians are also offering the same to churches during the yearly festivals at church.

Making unniyappam at home is always a nostalgic memory for me. I do remember the times when my mother used to make unniyappam and we the sibling will be behind her to get a bit of unniyappam, Now when I make unniyappam here at my home, I do miss those good old days.

To start with you may need Unniyappa chatti (vessel) to prepare the unniyappam.To get the shape of unniyappam, you need to have the unniyappa chatty or else you can go with frying pan.

Do try it out and let me know your opinion.


Unniyappam | Source

Banana for unniyappam

Banana is the key ingredient in making unniyappam. Banana should be ripe enough for the unniyappam to be sweeter. You can use anytype of Bananas, but the thing is it should be ripe for sure. Usually we use small Banana's/ plantains are used to prepare unniyappam- Palayamkodan, njalipoovan etc

If you need the dominating taste of Banana, do add more Bananas; usually 2-3 Banana is enough while preparing for around 30-40 unniyappams.

What type of Unniyappam do you need : Crisper or softer ?

To get more crisper unniyappam increase the proportion of rice flour. to get more softer unniyappam, increase the proportion of wheat flour - got it ?

Snack with a touch of tradition: Kottarakkara Unniyappam of Kottarakkara Ganapathy

Unniyappam is mostly offered in hindu temples for the deities. Kottarakara Temple is famous by its offering - unniyappam for Lord Ganapathy, here known as Kottarakkara Ganapathy. It is prepared with secret recipe, which still remains hidden. Some of the ingredients are rice flour, cardamom powder, jaggery, coconut, ghee, palayamthodan payam (banana) etc.

Udaya asthamaya pooja (Udaya asthamaya means, from morning till evening) is the most famous offering done here. Unniyappams are made from morning till evening for Lord Ganapathy (Kottarakkara Ganapathy) and amount offering is 40,000 Indian Rupee. All the poojas till 2026 is booked.

Kottarakkara unniyappam, is famous all over Kerala, for its taste and offering. The temple kitchen has provision to prepare 288 unniappam in one go.The offered unniyappam can be purchased from morning 6:25 to 11:15 and evening 5:05 to 7:45. A packet of 10 unniappam is of 15 Indian rupee.

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Coconut bits for (Unniyappam recipe)

Coconut bits for unniyappam
Coconut bits for unniyappam | Source

Unniyappam is a bit time consuming

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: this recipe will serve around 40 uniyappams

Frying Coconut bits in Ghee for (Unniyappam recipe)

fry the coconut bits  till brown in color
fry the coconut bits till brown in color | Source

Unniyappam Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rice Flour, or palappam podi
  • 1 cup Wheat flour, to make the same softer
  • 250 gm Jaggery, or as needed sweet
  • 3 nos Ripe Banana, Palayam kodan, njali poovan etc
  • 1/2 coconut coconut bits
  • 1/2 tspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee, to fry the coconut bits
  • as needed coconut oil, for deep frying
  • 3-4 cardamom, to use while melting jaggery

Unniyappam batter using Banana :unniyappam recipe

Banana ( cheru payam ( palayam kodan))
Banana ( cheru payam ( palayam kodan)) | Source
Mix it in jaggery syrup
Mix it in jaggery syrup | Source
Later add fried coconut bits and baking soda and keep aside for some time
Later add fried coconut bits and baking soda and keep aside for some time | Source

One Unniyappam Nutritional facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 49
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Sugar 1 g
Protein 1 g2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Steps for making unniyappam

  1. Melt Jaggery by crushing the same and boiling it in 1/4 cup of water and cardamom. Once boiled and all the jaggery melts. Filter the impurities and keep it aside.
  2. Fry the coconut bites in the ghee and keep it aside, once the same gets brown in color.
  3. Now crush the Bananas in a vessel and add the wheat flour and rice flour, along with Jaggery, baking soda and fried coconut bits.
  4. Mix it well and keep it aside for half an hour
  5. Heat the unniyappa chatti(vessel) and pour oil into each cell till half. Now once the oil gets hot enough, pour the unniyappam batter into each cell.
  6. Make sure that you pour upto half of the cell. As when cooked the unniyappam will grew bigger. Once the bottom part is cooked, turn the uniyappams upside down and thus cook the both side.
  7. Thus cook all the batter and you can spread some sugar on top of the hot unniyappams
  8. Once cooled , you may refrigerate the same , so that it last for 1-2 weeks. Otherwise finish the same with in 2-3 days. Happy Cooking , do try this out and let me know.

Melting Jaggery (unniyappam recipe)

Jaggery | Source
cardamom | Source
melt jaggery in little quantity of water and cardamom
melt jaggery in little quantity of water and cardamom | Source

Nutrition Value of jaggery

Jaggery is used as a sweetening agent. It is derived from sugarcane, prepared by boiling sugarcane pulp , without any processing and hence it is much better in value than sugar, though both is derived from sugar cane itself.

This is rich in iron and so good for anaemic patients. Jaggery is used in most of the Payasams. Other nutrients in it are riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, zinc, chromium and copper. Jaggery is low fat and low sodium content. Including jaggery in food does provide energy and essential vitamins and minerals in natural form.

Frying in coconut oil : unniyappam recipe

Add the unniyappam dough to the unniyappam mould, where oil is hot enough; only fill half of the mould and the unniyappam will become larger while it is cooked. now cook it by turning it upside down.
Add the unniyappam dough to the unniyappam mould, where oil is hot enough; only fill half of the mould and the unniyappam will become larger while it is cooked. now cook it by turning it upside down. | Source


Unniyappam | Source

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      DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Yeah Mhatter99, I'm glad that I'm the first one to explain Unniyappam & its place in Keralites mind to you all...

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. This is the first t I heard of unniyappam.

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      DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Thanks Vacation Trip for the comment and visit

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow. This snack recipe is awesome. Thank you for sharing.