The famous Unniappam is a very tasty delicious rice pudding of Kerala. Though it is done on many occasions, it is considered as a favourite dish which Unni kannan likes. So we can call this as a Janmashatami special. It is also done on the occasion of Karthikai , a Tamil Nadu festival which comes during the month of December. It is also called karthikai appam.
Raw Rice- 1 Cup
Coconut – 1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder- 1/2 tsp
Banana – 1
ghee – 1 tblspoon
Oil- for deep frying
-Soak the rice for 2 hours. Drain the water thoroughly.
– Grind the soaked rice into a fine powder even when it is wet. Once the rice is powdered add the coconut and grind it into a paste. Don’t add water while grinding. The water content in the coconut is itself enough for grinding.
-Now add the jaggery and grind. Once you grind it with jaggery the mix will turn into a smooth batter form even without adding any water. It should have idli batter consistency.
– Smash the banana and mix with the batter. Finally add the cardamom powder. Now heat 1 Tbl spoon of ghee and add to the batter. This not only gives fine flavour to the appam, but also helps from appam getting dissolved in the oil
-Now take a appam mould. Fill it with 3/4 of oil. Pour the batter into the moulds. Once it is cooked on one side, it will automatically raise. Using a sharp ladle turn it upside down to cook it on the other side. Once the appam is cooked drain the oil and set aside.
Delicious unniappam is ready.
If you don’t have the appam mould take a pan which is little deep with U shaped bottom. Fill the bottom of the pan with the oil. It is enough if you fill the oil upto 3 inches form the bottom. But by this way you can do appam one by one only.