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Nei Appam /Unniappam – a Gluten free Delicacy

Vishu/ Kerala New year is around the corner. This Nei appam is Kerala special which is must in Vishu sadhya. Hope you enjoy making this.

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Nei Appam – Vishu Special


In Kerala,Vishu falls on April 14. Vishu is Kerala New year and celebrated by Malayalees all over the world. On previous day night, the grownups of the family arrange Fruits, certain veggies, new dress,jewels and coins in front of Lord Krishna’s picture along lisserywith a mirror. On the next day , in early morning everyone wakes seeing this arrangement first.Then the grown up of the family bless others by giving money. Kids will be excited as this is the time they get lots of pocket money from all the elders of the family.

Picture Courtesy – From Internet

Then after bath,wearing new dress kids will be out to play while the ladies of the family starts preparing a scrumptious feast. It starts with papadam,Nei appam and lists grows to Kalan,Olan,Uperi,Mezhukupurati,AviyalMadura CurrySambar, Rasam,Moru Curry, Erissery,Pulissery, Pradaman.

Nei Appam is considered as one of the favorite dish of Lord Krishna and gave as prasadam in temples too.

How did I make Nei Appam

Nei appam or Unni appam is a gluten free delicacy. It needs just a hand full of ingredients and a special pan. Yes, you need paniyaram pan like this.

Paniyaram Pan

It is usually made with raw rice but I have tried with both raw rice and boiled ponni rice. You need small variety of banana for this. For some reason the normal big ones doesn’t work for this( I have tried). You have to soak the rice for minimum 4 hours and grind along grated jaggery and banana. Let it stay in room temperture for about 3 – 4 hours. Then ghee roasted coconut chunks and sesame seeds are added to the batter and Nei appams are made in paniyaram pan.

Nei Appam is mildly sweet. The coconut and sesame seeds you get in between makes this incredible. Usually Nei appam is made in ghee/clarified butter. But if you are much diet conscious then you can use coconut oil. ( I don’t mind using ghee as nothing can compensate the taste) It is usually had as snack.It can be stored out in room temperature for a day or two. If storing in refrigerator, it stays for a week. But remember to thaw it before serving.

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Other Kerala recipes in this space are

Palakkad style Sambar

Ulli Theeyal

Pazham Pori

Appam

Puttu

 

INGREDIENTS

Raw Rice – 1 1/2 Cups

Banana small variety – 2

Powdered Jaggery – 1 to 1 1/2 cups

Coconut – 1/4 cup thinly slcied

Sesame seeds – 2 tsp

Salt – a pinch

Ghee/ Clarified butter – As needed

METHOD

  • Soak Raw rice for at least 4 hours.
  • Wash the rice and grind it with little water in a mixer or blender.
  • Once the rice is ground, add chopped banana and 1 cup of jaggery and grind it.
  • Check for sweetness. If not enough, add more jaggery and grind it to a smooth batter. No matter if little coarse.
  • Pour it in a bowl. In a pan, add a spoon of ghee. When it’s hot roast thinly sliced coconut pieces till golden then add sesame seeds.
  • Switch off and roast the sesame seeds in hot pan.
  • Pour this into the batter and add a pinch of salt. Let the batter rest for atleast 2 hours in room temperature.
  • Heat paniyaram pan . Add a tsp of ghee in each hole. When it is hot enough, pour the batter in each hole.
  • When one side is cooked flip it to other side using skewers or a knife.
  • When cooked till golden, remove it to tissue. Repeat till the batter is finished.
  • Serve warm.

NOTES

  1. .It will stay good for on for two days in room temperature. You can store it in air tight box in refrigerator for three to four days.
  2. Usually raw rice is used in making Nei appam. But I have used both Raw rice and boiled ponni . Both have come out good.
  3. Use only small variety of banana.
  4. You can adjust the sweetness as per your requirements.
  5. If you don’t have thinly sliced coconut, add grated coconut.
  6. The batter need not to be very smooth.
  7. The batter should not be watery or thick. It should be in pouring consistency.
  8. If you want to make this Vegan,instead of ghee use Coconut Oil.
Nei Appam/Unni Appam
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Vishu/ Kerala New year is around the corner. This Nei appam is Kerala special which is must in Vishu sadhya. Hope you enjoy making this.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 30 Pieces
Author: Lathiya Shanmugasundaram
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cup Raw Rice
  • 2 Nos Banana Small variety
  • 1 - 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Jaggery
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Thinly Sliced
  • 2 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • Salt A Pinch
  • Ghee/Clarified butter As Needed
Instructions
  1. Soak Raw rice for at least 4 hours.

  2. Wash the rice and grind it with little water in a mixer or blender.

  3. Once the rice is ground, add chopped banana and 1 cup of jaggery and grind it.

  4. Check for sweetness. If not enough, add more jaggery and grind it to a smooth batter. No matter if little coarse.

  5. Pour it in a bowl. In a pan, add a spoon of ghee. When it's hot roast thinly sliced coconut pieces till golden then add sesame seeds.

  6. Switch off and roast the sesame seeds in hot pan.

  7. Pour this into the batter and add a pinch of salt.Let the batter rest for atleast 2 hours in room temperature.

  8. Heat paniyaram pan . Add a tsp of ghee in each hole. When it is hot enough, pour the batter in each hole.

  9. When one side is cooked flip it to other side using skewers or a knife.

  10. When cooked till golden, remove it to tissue. Repeat till the batter is finished.

    Serve warm.

Recipe Notes
  1. .It will stay good for on for two days in room temperature. You can store it in air tight box in refrigerator for three to four days.
  2. Usually raw rice is used in making Nei appam. But I have used both Raw rice and boiled ponni . Both have come out good.
  3. Use only small variety of banana.
  4. You can adjust the sweetness as per your requirements.
  5. If you don't have thinly sliced coconut, add grated coconut.
  6. The batter need not to be very smooth.
  7. The batter should not be watery or thick. It should be in pouring consistency.
  8. If you want to make this Vegan,instead of ghee use Coconut Oil.

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Nei Appam/ Unni appam

 

Other Vishu /Tamil New year recipes from fellow bloggers are

Bamboo Rice Payasam

Pal Payasam

Raw Mango Pickle

Kodo Millet Paniyaram for healthy breakfast

Vegetable Paniyaram another addition to healthy breakfast.

Sending this recipe to Fiesta Friday this week co hosted by Ginger and Julianna.

Sending this recipe to CookBlogShare

55 Comments

  1. It’s a very delicious appam! beautiful kani and wish you a very happy Vishu in advance!

    1. Thank you dear 😊 Happy Vishu to you too

  2. I think I’d like thiis. Looks yummy!

    1. You will..give a try😊..thank you 😊

  3. WoW this looks so delicious, happy new year to u & ur family..thanks a lot for including my recipe in your beautiful post 😊

  4. Would love to have some appam rite now, alluring and very addictive they are na, hard to take my eyes from those beauties, too good they are.

  5. My favourite.. I love anything made with jaggery.

  6. Lovely texture of the nei appams, I can just keep having these, cant stop at one they are very addictive. Lovely recipe.

  7. Nei appam sounds delicious. Something like gulgule of Bihar. Loved it. Bookmarking it to try later. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. It’s really amazing to know how similar recipe with different names spread over the country… thank you 😊

  8. Happy Kerala New Year to you! Your dish looks lovely and perfect for any celebration! 😀
    Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Fiesta Friday today! 😀

  9. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Vishu. Great collection of recipes and thank you for including mine as well. Who can resist neiappams? I certainly cant and can eat that entire jar of appams in a jiffy. Hot ones loaded with ghee (i dont mind the ghee either) cannot just beat anything else in the world for a Keralite. Great share and loved your Kani set up. PS – is that appam patra cast iron one? Looks pretty neat!

    1. Thank you so much dear… glad I got amazing recipes from talented bloggers like you. It is not cast iron ( does indalium called cast iron).. thank you once again 😊

      1. My pleasure dear. Thanks for the feedback.

        1. You are always welcome 😊 dear

      2. My pleasure entirely and thanks for the info. Will keep an eye out for this.

        1. You are always welcome Vidya 😊

  10. I find Unni Appam very addictive and cannot stop myself from eating these one after the other. Not good for the waistline. 🙂 But what the hey! we live only once.

    1. Haha.. indeed..I don’t mind my waistline for some dishes… thank you 😊

  11. Lovely colour and texture! I hope I can find the special pan to make these. Will baking them in muffin tray will do the trick? I sooo want to try them!

    1. Thank you 😊…but unfortunately I don’t think it would tastes same when you bake… still I would love to know how it turns when you try to bake

  12. curryandvanilla

    Looks yummy!! I love paniyarams or appo as we call it; awesome share dear 🙂

  13. Dear..why sometimes it breaks consuming too much oil…

    1. When you pour batter before the pan is really hot, it consumes lot of oil..the pan should be really hot..hope this helps

  14. Dear..how does it get broken sometimes

    1. It should be either the pan is not hot or the grinding is not done properly.

      1. Hmm.. Should be the batter issue as you said

        1. Maybe..let me know when you get it right

  15. This looks absolutely delicious and advance happy vishu 🙂

    1. Thank you Priya 😊.. Happy Vishu to you too

  16. Very yummy and traditional dessert for any festival. Now I use olive oil or coconut oil instead of ghee for vegan version:)

    1. I love the coconut oil flavor too.. Thank you 😊

  17. Wow! The nei appams look amazing! 🙂

  18. OMG..literally I am drooling over your nei appam 🙂 These look so divine and don’t mind devouring with chai! Wish you a very happy Vishu.

    1. Thank you so much 😊.. Happy Vishu

  19. Happy Vishu. Such an apt sweet dish for the occasion!

    1. Thank you 😊.. Happy Vishu

  20. OMG…I have this post lined up for Tamil New Year…I totally love them…Looking delicious!!…Happy Vishu in advance 🙂

    1. Wow.. that’s a great co-incidence, would love to see your post… thank you 😊

  21. Wow the sweet banana appam looks so tasty . I can have them at least a dozen with my evening tea.

  22. Nei appam looks so delicious. Wishing you a happy Vishu in advance 🙂

    1. Thank you 😊 Happy Vishu

  23. These look and sound delicious! Thanks for sharing with #CookBlogShare 🙂 Eb x

  24. Yumm! These appams look so tempting 🙂

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