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Unniappam (deep fried sweet rice cakes)
One more recipe to the popular snacks of Kerala. I don’t think you can find anyone who wont like this one. The combination of molasses, ghee, banana, rice flour, coconut is absolutely fanstastic. A special cast iron mold called “Appakaram” is needed to make this.
When you visit the temples in Kerala, we get these as prashads too.
Makes : 20 – 25 Unniappams (depending upon size of the mold)
Raw Rice - 2 cups
Coconut bits - ¼ cup
Oil for frying
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Cardamom - 4 pods
Ripe small bananas - 3 nos
Jaggery - 1 cup (more or less to your taste, I had to add one cup, start with ¾ cup)
Salt a tiny pinch
Soak the raw rice in water for about 3 hours.
In the meanwhile, melt jaggery with ¼ cup of hot water and make a thick syrup out of it, strain and remove all the impurities and let this syrup cool
Wash the rice and drain and grind the rice to a smooth paste using the jaggery water. If the jaggery water is less then you may add water. Add banana, cardamom and let it nicely get grounded well.
Fry the coconut bits in ghee till its light brown and keep it aside. When cooled add this to the rice mixture.
This is very important step you need to keep this batter for 2 – 3 hours in a tight container, this makes the unniappam very soft.
Place the appakaram mold on the stove and pour into each round around ¼ oil and a dash of ghee a into each rounds. You can use complete ghee and make this. I don’t like to use more ghee hence I do it this way.
When the oil/ghee is hot reduce the flame and pour half ladlefuls of batter into each rounds. Slightly increase the flame so that the appams gets cooked. You can add more oil if needed
Use a knife and flip the unniappam so that let it get cooked the other side , when both the sides are golden color remove the uniappam from oil.
Drain well on paper towels and repeat the same process to make the rest of the appams.
· If the batter is thick add milk to make it to the proper consistency of the idli batter
· The shelf life for this is outside for 2 or 3 days only
Enjoy munching this delicious snack.