Unniyappam is a typical prasadam, which means an “offering,” sold at Hindu temples in Kerala. It’s a fried banana and rice flour ball.
– 1/2 cup shredded coconut
– 1 cup jaggery
– 1 1/2 cup water
– 1 1/2 cup rice flour
– 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
– 2 bananas
– 1 tsp cardamom powder
– 1 tsp sesame seeds
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1/8 tsp salt
1. In a small pan, roast the coconut until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and let it cool.
2. Heat the jaggery with water until completely melted. Filter the jaggery syrup through a fine mesh strainer and let it cool.
3. Mash the bananas and add them to the syrup.
4. Grind the mixture to a smooth paste.
5. Dry-roast the rice and whole wheat flour for about 1 minute. Let it cool.
6. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, syrup with bananas and coconut.
7. Add water (about 1 cup), if needed.
8. Leave the batter to rest for 20 minutes.
9. Add the salt, baking soda, cardamom powder, roasted sesame seeds and mix well until combined.
10. Heat the paniyaram pan with oil in each hole and fill 3/4th of the hole with prepared batter.
11. Cook over low-medium heat until both sides are golden brown. Check by inserting a toothpick in the centre.