Make Unniyappam, A Popular Snack Of Kerala, During Diwali & Impress Your Guests; Recipe Inside

by Ankita Mazumdar
Make Unniyappam, A Popular Snack Of Kerala, During Diwali & Impress Your Guests; Recipe Inside

Unniyappam or Unni Appam is a traditional and popular snack of Kerala. It is a small, round and sweet fritter that mainly has rice, jaggery or gur, coconut and banana. In Malayalam, unni translates to small and appam translates to rice cake. Appam is also a small round breakfast food item but it is on the saltier side. The category of appam and unniyappam is the same, they just taste different. Let’s get into the fantastic recipe of Unniyappam so that you can impress yourself and your guests this Diwali.

This Is How You Can Make Unniyappam During Diwali

The traditional manner in which unniyappam is prepared is by using rice. People have started using flour or rava instead of rice, but today we are going to be focusing on preparing it traditionally. This recipe will make 30 unniyappam and the preparation takes about three hours. When you bite into these small warm and crispy unniyappam, the three hours will all be worth it.


  • 1 cup of rice flour; it is easily available and if not you may grind some rice to a fine powder
  • ¼ cup of grated coconut
  • ½ cup of grated jaggery; it is very good for health
  • ¼ of finely mashed bananas; there should not be any lumps
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 2 – 3 cardamom pods (elaichi); powder them nicely
  • ¼ tsp powdered cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 2 cups of ghee; desi ghee elevates the essence more
  • Water and salt to taste

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Preparation For Unniyappam:

  • Take a deep pan, add the whole cup of jaggery and 3 tbsp water to it. Make a syrup by mixing it and heat it for three to four minutes. Do not forget to keep stirring this mixture as it may burn. Keep the flame low to avoid it.
  • Once it is in the syrupy state, strain it and keep it aside to cool down. 
  • Take another pan on a shallow flame, put all the ghee in and after a minute or so, put the grated coconut. Roast till the coconut starts to slightly become golden brown. 
  • Sieve out the perfectly roasted coconut and keep it aside. Your house will smell heavenly and you will get motivated to make unniyappam as soon as possible.

Last But Not The Least, Let’s Fry Some Unniyappam Up!

  • Take a bowl and add rice flour, banana puree, sesame seeds, jeera powder, coconut, and powdered cardamom and mix very well.
  • Then add the jaggery syrup we made earlier. Add a pinch of salt to taste and mix thoroughly. 
  • Now is the time for you to take a little break, you rest and let the batter rest as well. Leave this batter aside for fermentation, for at least two to three hours.
  • After that, heat the paniyaram pan on medium. Grease it well with oil or ghee and start pouring spoonfuls of batter into each hole of the pan. Cook each side to a perfect golden brown and flip the unniyappam with the help of a stick.

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Voila! You will be ready with plates full of hot and yummy unniyappam! Serve it and enjoy.

Happy Diwali!

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