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Unniyappam | How to make Kerala Unni appam

Unniyappam is a Kerala famous sweet recipe made with rice flour, wheat flour, coconut, bananas, jaggery and cooked in ghee.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert, Healthy snack
Cuisine Indian, Kerala
Servings 20 unniyappams
Calories 50 kcal


  • Paniyaram pan
  • Mixing bowl



  • 5 tsp ghee approx.
  • ¾ cup grated coconut
  • 2 large overripe bananas
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking salt optional
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • ½ cup jaggery powder as per taste
  • ½ tsp white sesame seeds optional
  • 1 cup water approx.



  • Heat a tsp of ghee in a frying pan and add 3/4 cup of grated coconut. You can either use in grated form or small chopped bits. My kids don't like the bits hence I add grated coconut.
  • Fry the coconut in ghee for up to five minutes until the coconut turns into light golden and aromatic.
  • Switch off and keep aside.
  • I use roasted white sesame seeds. If you don't have already roasted one, fry the sesame seeds in ghee for a min until they pop, switch off and keep ready.


  • Take two large ripe bananas and mash them thoroughly.
  • Add one cup of rice flour and a half cup of wheat flour.
  • Put a 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of baking soda.
  • Add a 1/2 tsp of green cardamom powder and 3/4 cup of jaggery powder. If the jaggery has impurities, dissolve it in water, filter the dirt and add the jaggery water.
  • Put sesame seeds and the coconut.
  • Mix all the ingredients once well and gradually add water.
  • Approximately one cup of water may be needed to make the appam batter.
  • If you are using jaggery water instead of powder adjust water accordingly.
  • The batter should have a thick idli batter consistency.
  • Leave this batter aside for 10 minutes to rest.
  • How to fry unniyappam in a paniyaram pan:
  • Heat a paniyaram pan with a 1/4 tsp of ghee or oil in each slot.
  • Fill 3/4th portion of the slots with the batter.
  • Cover with a lid and cook for around 3 to 4 minutes until the bottom sides become golden brown.
  • Flip the sides and cook the other sides too for two more minutes until done.
  • When both sides of unniyappams are fried, remove them from the pan and serve them warm.



1) Instead of jaggery powder, you can also use white or brown sugar. Adjust the sugar quantity as your choice and based on the sweetness of bananas.
2) Allow the batter to rest for ten minutes before making appams.
3) Use fully ripe bananas and you can reduce jaggery based on the banana sweetness.


Calories: 50kcal
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