In Kerala, the King of Kottarakkara who was sad because he did not have children, offered to cover Unniganapati with unniappam, if he is blessed with a son. When the son was born, no matter how many unniyappams were cooked, it was not at all sufficient for covering him. The sorrowfull King with a heavy heart prayed to Lord Ganapati that he will give unniyappam as offerings from sun rise to sun set.
How to make
You can make unniappam in two ways
These are following variations
- It can be made with wholewheat flour , semolina/ rava.
- You can add sesame seeds .
- You can either fry coconut chips in ghee or add just without frying them.
- Usually it is fried ghee, you can also fry them in coconut oil or any other favorite oil.
- You can add jackfruit, mango to make jackfruit or Mango version.
- You can also try with millet and other flours to make gltuen free version.
- 2 cup Rice flour
- ¾ cup Jaggery Increase the jaggery if you need sweetness
- 2 Cardamom crushed
- 3 tablespoon Coconut pieces
- 1 teaspoon Ghee/clarified butter
- 2 Banana small
- Pinch of baking soda: optional
- 1 cup Water
- Canola oil: for frying
- Melt Jaggery with ¼ cup of water and sieve with a strainer, to remove impurities if any are present.
- In a small pan add 1 teaspoon of Ghee and fry the coconut pieces until they are slightly brown in color.
- In a bowl mash the banana into a puree with a masher, and to this add melted and strained jaggery, rice flour, coconut pieces, baking soda, crushed cardamom and water to make a thick pancake batter. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.
- Heat oil in appakara (similar to Aebleskiver Pan and when it ready (around 365F) add batter to the mold. As one side ready (after 3 minutes) turn and cook the other side also (4 minutes). Remove it from the appakara when a skewer comes out clean. Repeat the process until the entire batter is finished.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.