Unniyappam Recipe

Unniyappam Recipe

30 mins
4-5 servings
30 mins



Hey there, it's Chef Ajay Chopra! Let me take you on a nostalgic journey with a delightful recipe that holds a special place in my heart – Unniyappam. Picture this: It's a lazy Sunday morning, and the aroma of ripe bananas and jaggery fills the air. That's when I first encountered this delectable South Indian treat during a family gathering. Ever since that moment, Unniyappam has been a regular feature in my kitchen, reminding me of cherished moments with loved ones.


Now, let's dive into the world of Unniyappam and unlock the secrets to its irresistible flavor and texture.




Recipe of Unniyappam




  • 1 ½ cup Rice Flour
  • ½ cup Jaggery
  • 2 tbsp Coconut
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 2-3 Cloves Cardamom
  • A pinch of Nutmeg Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • Water (as needed)





  1. Heat a pan and add jaggery powder and water. Cook until the jaggery gets dissolved completely.

  2. In a mixer jar, blend the bananas and set aside.

  3. In the same pan, heat ghee and sauté chopped coconut until golden brown. Remove and set aside.

  4. In a mixing bowl, combine rice flour, melted jaggery, blended bananas, and mix well.

  5. Gradually add water to make a thick batter consistency.

  6. Add cardamom powder, grated nutmeg, ghee-fried coconut, and mix well.

  7. Finally, add baking soda and stir.

  8. Heat an appam pan, grease with ghee, pour batter into each mold, and cover with a lid. Cook on medium-low flame.

  9. After 3-4 minutes, flip the appams and cook on the other side until golden brown.

  10. Unniyappam is ready to serve.



Recipe of Veggies Appam




  • 1 cup Suji (Semolina)
  • ½ cup Curd
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • ½ tbsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Chana Dal
  • ½ tbsp Chopped Green Chilli
  • ½ cup Chopped Onion
  • 5-6 Curry Leaves
  • ½ cup Chopped Capsicum
  • ½ cup Chopped Carrot
  • 1 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Coriander
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • Salt to taste




  1. In a bowl, mix suji and curd. Allow it to rest for 20 minutes.

  2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, chana dal, and let them crackle.

  3. Add chopped green chilli, chopped onion, curry leaves, and sauté.

  4. Now, add chopped capsicum, chopped carrot, salt, and cook for 1-2 minutes.

  5. Add grated coconut and sauté.

  6. Transfer this mixture to the appam batter. Mix well.

  7. Add chopped coriander, baking powder, and mix again.

  8. Heat an appam pan, grease with ghee, pour batter into each mold, and cover with a lid. Cook on medium-low flame.

  9. After 3-4 minutes, flip the appams and cook until golden brown on both sides.

  10. Serve the veggies appam hot.


Enjoy your delicious Unniyappam and Veggies Appam!




About the Recipe


Unniyappam, also known as Appe, is a traditional South Indian snack that boasts a perfect blend of sweetness and warmth. Made with ripe bananas, jaggery, rice flour, and coconut, this dish is a celebration of simple yet wholesome ingredients. The batter is enriched with aromatic spices like cardamom and nutmeg, lending it a heavenly fragrance.


Once the batter is prepared, it's gently cooked in ghee until golden brown, resulting in crispy edges and a soft, pillowy center. Whether enjoyed as a breakfast dish, evening snack, or tucked into a lunchbox, Unniyappam promises to satiate your cravings and transport you to a world of culinary bliss.



Cooking Tips


  1. Ripe Bananas: Ensure that the bananas are fully ripe for the best flavor and sweetness.
  2. Consistency of Batter: The batter should have a thick pouring consistency, similar to pancake batter.
  3. Coconut Roasting: Lightly roast the coconut in ghee to enhance its nutty flavor before adding it to the batter.
  4. Ghee for Cooking: Use ghee generously to cook the Unniyappam, as it adds a rich flavor and golden hue to the snack.
  5. Cooking Time: Cook the Unniyappam on medium heat to ensure even cooking and a crisp exterior.
  6. Flipping Technique: Wait until the upper side of the Unniyappam is almost dry before flipping them to achieve a perfect golden color.
  7. Variations: Experiment with different toppings such as chopped nuts or raisins for added texture and flavor.
  8. Storage: Unniyappam can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days, but they taste best when served fresh.
  9. Serving Suggestions: Pair Unniyappam with a hot cup of chai or coconut chutney for a delightful snack experience.
  10. Tradition Meets Innovation: While traditional Unniyappam is sweet, feel free to get creative by adding savory ingredients like onions and spices for a unique twist.



Pairing Guide


Unniyappam pairs perfectly with a variety of accompaniments, enhancing its flavors and versatility. Here are some delightful pairings to elevate your Unniyappam experience:


  • Coconut Chutney: The creamy texture and subtle sweetness of coconut chutney complement the warm flavors of Unniyappam.
  • Cardamom Chai: A steaming cup of cardamom-infused chai balances the sweetness of Unniyappam, creating a harmonious flavor profile.
  • Fresh Fruit Salad: A refreshing fruit salad adds a burst of freshness and tanginess, contrasting beautifully with the richness of Unniyappam.
  • Spicy Pickle: For those who enjoy a bit of heat, pair Unniyappam with spicy mango or lime pickle for a tantalizing flavor experience.




Frequently Asked Questions about Unniyappam


  1. What is Unniyappam? Unniyappam is a traditional South Indian snack made from ripe bananas, jaggery, rice flour, and coconut. It is typically fried until golden brown and enjoyed as a sweet treat.

  2. Can I make Unniyappam without rice flour? While rice flour is a key ingredient in traditional Unniyappam, you can experiment with alternatives such as wheat flour or semolina for a different texture.

  3. Is Unniyappam gluten-free? Yes, if made with gluten-free rice flour, Unniyappam is naturally gluten-free and suitable for individuals with gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

  4. Can I make savory Unniyappam? Absolutely! You can add savory ingredients like onions, green chilies, and spices to the batter to create a delicious savory version of Unniyappam.

  5. How long does Unniyappam stay fresh? Unniyappam can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. However, they are best enjoyed fresh for optimal taste and texture.

  6. Can I bake Unniyappam instead of frying? While traditionally fried, you can experiment with baking Unniyappam in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for approximately 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

  7. What is the significance of Unniyappam in South Indian cuisine? Unniyappam holds cultural significance in South Indian cuisine and is often prepared during festivals and special occasions as an offering to deities.

  8. Can I freeze Unniyappam batter for later use? Yes, you can freeze Unniyappam batter in an airtight container for up to one month. Thaw it in the refrigerator before using and adjust the consistency as needed.

  9. What are the health benefits of Unniyappam? Unniyappam is rich in potassium, fiber, and antioxidants from bananas and jaggery, making it a nutritious snack option. However, moderation is key due to its sugar content.

  10. Can I serve Unniyappam with savory dips? Absolutely! Unniyappam pairs well with savory dips such as coconut chutney, mint chutney, or spicy tomato chutney for a delightful flavor contrast.


Unniyappam Recipe, a culinary gem from South India, promises to tantalize your taste buds with its irresistible flavors and textures. Whether enjoyed as a sweet indulgence or a savory delight, this versatile snack is sure to leave a lasting impression on your palate. So, gather your ingredients and embark on a flavorful journey with Unniyappam!