Unniyappam Recipe - Kerala Unniappam - Neyyappam

Unniyappam Recipe
Unniyapam is a popular snak in Kerala. I had few readers asking for unniyappam recipe so thought not wait for vishu so I tried it last week to post it here for onam itself :). The traditional way of making unniyappams is deep frying them but I just toasted them as we make for paniyaram to cut down oil.....Also I deep fried the neiappams o wanted to try a low fat version here. Unniyappam (literally means small ricecake) is a popular snack in Kerala and is usually made using rice flour, jaggery and banana.
Unniyappam Recipe
I have already tried neiappam by grinding the rice from the scratch method so opted to go in for the instant rice flour method for making uniyappam but have given measures and method for both ways. You can deep fry them too as per your preference.
Unniyappam Recipe

UniyappamRecipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 1hr 15mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Kerala

Rice flour (Idiyappam flour) - 1 cup
Banana - 1/2 medium sized
Rava - 1.5 tbsp
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Coconut pieces - 2 tbsp(I used grated coconut)
Cardamom powder - 3/4 tsp
Water - 3/4 cup
Oil - for frying

Using ground rice method:

Idli Rice - 3/4 cup
Banana - 1 mashed
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Coconut pieces 2 tbsp
Cardamom powder - 3/4 tsp
Oil - for frying


  1. Roast coconut in a tsp of ghee till golden brown, set aside.(The tradition way used coconut pieces you can do that too). Next in a pan heat jaggery with water till it is fully dissolved. Switch off and strain to remove impurities.Allow it to cool.
    How to make unniyappam - Step1
  2. In a mixing bowl, add rice flour, rava,cardamom powder,roasted coconut,sesame seeds(you can roast that too for few seconds) and banana. Then add the jaggery syrup to form a semi thick batter more like idli batter consistency. If its runny add little more rice flour to bring it to the desired consistency.Allow it to rest for atleast for 1 hr.
    How to make unniyappam - Step2
  3. Heat paniyaram pan, add remaining ghee + oil in each hole and spoon the batter and fill ip up in each hole. Drizzle oil around the sides in each hole. Allow it cook - When you see the sides getting browned, then carefully flip over to other side with the help od a spoon and cook till golden brown on both sides.
    How to make unniyappam - Step3

Using the ground rice method - Check here for stepwise

  1. Rinse and soak rice in water for 4-5 hours.Meanwhile boil about 3/4 cup of water in a bowl and add the jaggery to it.Melt and strain the impurities.Allow it to cool.
  2. Add half of the strained jaggery and soaked rice in a grinder/mixer.Grind it to a semi coarse batter...if we touch the batter and rub it between fingers we should feel the small bits in it and yes that is the right consistency.
  3. Then add all other ingredients - cardamom powder,roasted coconut, sesame seeds(you can roast that too for few seconds) , banana and mix well to form a semi thick batter. Allow it to ferment for atleast 4 hours - leaving overnight is best too.
  4. Then repeat the last step for roasting/frying the uniyappams.

Serve as teatime snack!

My Notes:

Unniyappam Recipe

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