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Adjust Servings:
oil or ghee — for frying
1 tsp roasted sesame seeds
1 tsp cardamom powder
a large pinch baking soda
a small pinch salt
2 large ripe bananas
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup rice flour
water as required
1 cup jaggery
1/2 cup coconut — chopped

Nutritional information

45 kcal
60 g
6.5 g
3 g
83 mg
0 mg


  • Sweet
  • 40 mins
  • Serves 28
  • Easy


How to make Unniyappam Recipe

  • Add ½ tsp oil to a heated pan and roast the coconut pieces until golden brown. Transfer to a bowl and allow it to cool.
  • Tip: If you are not able to find a fresh coconut, you could use grated coconut too without the need for roasting.

  • Add jaggery in the same pan with ½ cup water and allow the jaggery to melt completely while heating on a medium flame. Filter the syrup with a fine mesh strainer and allow it to cool.
  • Chop the bananas and grind to a smooth paste in a food processor.
  • Add the rice flour to a heavy bottom pan and roast along with whole wheat flour until the flour mix turns aromatic (takes about 1 minute).
  • Tip: Ensure that the color does not change while you roast.

  • Add the wheat flour, rice flour, banana paste, jaggery syrup, and coconut in a large bowl and mix well to make a batter. The batter consistency should be like that of idly batter. If it is thick, add some water. Allow the batter to ferment for approx 20 minutes.
  • Add cardamom powder, baking soda, roasted sesame seeds, and salt to the batter and mix thoroughly.
  • Grease the paniyaram pan with some ghee or oil ensuring each slot is perfectly done. Fill ¾ of each slot with the prepared batter (approx1 tbsp batter per slot). Cook over low-medium heat until the sides turn golden brown in color.
  • Tip: You can add some sesame seeds in the slots before you pour the batter, to enhance the taste.

  • Flip the appam and allow it to cook. Check by inserting a toothpick— it should come out clean. Serve hot.


Did you know that the word “unni” means “small” in Malayalam and the word “appam” means a “rice cake”? Unniyappam or sweet appams are the main offering in some temples in Kerala. A special utensil is used to make them.

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