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Monday, 18 February, 2008


When I went to Kerala in December, thought of bringing a appakkara (Unniappam chatti) along with me to South Africa. I remember my school days, when mum used her imaginations to cook for us some snacks, when we returned back from school with our tummies grumbling. But the same joy cannot be provided to my children here in South Africa as some of these beautiful vessels are not available here.

Yesterday, I thought of taking out my appakkara and try my culinary skills with it. I rolled out my first batch of unniappams and then called out to my son who was playing outside with one of his friends. He took two unniappams out to share with his friend. Within two minutes I saw a group of his friends outside my door hoping to get some as well. My son came inside and started with all the names of the kids who were there for the unniappams. So there went my two batches of unniappams. But what a pleasure to see the smiles on those little faces when each one got his share. Below is my version of unniappams. The unniappams in the picture are not as brown as the ones usually got as I ran short of jaggery.

  1. 2 cups fine rice flour
  2. 1/2 cup cake flour or all purpose flour or maida (I am thinking of the different names of the flour available in different countries)
  3. 3/4 cup jaggery syrup
  4. 2 bananas
  5. 1 tblsp. thinly fried coconut pieces
  6. a pinch of salt
  7. oil for frying


  • Mix together rice flour, cake flour, salt and jaggery syrup.
  • Add mashed bananas and fried coconut pieces.
  • Slowly add water and make it into a thick batter but of a pourable constituency.
  • Heat the appakara (vessel) and pour oil to make the holes 3/4 full.
  • When the oil is hot enough pour the batter into each of these holes.
  • Slowly turn the unniappams to cook it thoroughly.
  • When it is golden brown, drain it on kitchen paper towels.


Sujith said...

I loved the post. It bought back lost memories of my mother cooking unniappam for us. I enjoyed it. Keep those posts going.

Sujo said...

Thanks, Sujith. All lovely memories never fade, and that is what keeps us going even when we are far away from our homes.

Anonymous said...

I bought appakkara from Kerala this time. However the Malayalee merchant sold me the one that leaks. I lost all my money. Be careful when you do business with these guys.