Unniyappam Recipe

Experience the magic of Unniyappam or Unni Appam. These bite-sized fritters, golden and bursting with sweetness, are a taste of Kerala's festive spirit. Made with bananas, rice flour, jaggery, ghee, jam, chocolate, and everyone’s favourite Nestlé MILKMAID, they’re truly a culinary delight!

About Our Recipe

Imagine fluffy bites of Unniyappam, where ripe bananas and caramel notes of jaggery create a symphony of sweetness. Each mouthful bursts with a delightful contrast: soft and pillowy dough meets a hint of crispy edges. The rich creaminess of Nestlé MILKMAID adds a touch of decadence, making it a truly satisfying treat.

Nestlé MILKMAID elevates our easy Unniyappam recipe. Its velvety texture and caramelized sweetness create a batter that guarantees melt-in-your-mouth perfection. The velvety richness binds everything together, creating a harmonious blend that's both luxurious and nostalgic.

These golden beauties are more than just a sweet treat; they're a celebration of tradition and togetherness. Enjoy them as a delightful snack with tea or a heartwarming finale to a meal. Our Nestlé MILKMAID-infused Unniyappam recipe is guaranteed to bring smiles and create lasting memories with loved ones. So, heat up your pan, pour in the batter, and let the magic of Kerala unfold. With every divine bite, savour a taste of this culinary heritage.

Make sure to try our other MILKMAID-infused traditional dishes, like Rice Kheer and Patishapta; they're all absolutely delicious!

  • Servings - 10
  • Preparation - 130 Min
  • Cooking - 10 Min

Ingredients for Unniyappam

For the batter:

  • 1/2 tin Nestlé MILKMAID
  • 2 cups Rice Flour
  • 1/4th tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Hot Water
  • 4 tbsp Ghee (to cook)

For the jaggery syrup:

  • 1/4th cup Jaggery
  • 1/2 cup Water

For the Banana Purée:

  • 2 ripe Bananas
  • 1/4th cup Water

For Stuffing:

  • 2-3 tbsp Jam
  • 100 gm Chocolate (cut into small cubes)

How to make Unniyappam

  • Step 1:  Start by preparing the Jaggery Syrup. Add jaggery and water in a pan and cook till the jaggery melts and set aside.
  • Step 2:  Now, in a mixing bowl, add rice flour, prepared jaggery syrup, and Nestlé MILKMAID.
  • Step 3:  In a blender, add bananas with water and blend. Add the prepared purée to the batter too.
  • Step 4:  Lastly add hot water and mix well. Let the mixture rest for 2 hours.
  • Step 5:  After 2 hours, add baking soda & mix well.
  • Step 6:  Now, take an Unniappam pan, and add ghee in each hole of the pan. Fill each hole halfway through. For plain Unniappam, fill all the way through to the top.
  • Step 7:  Then, for stuffed Unniappam, quickly add a chocolate cube or jam in the middle of each Unniappam. Add more batter on top to cover the surface completely.
  • Step 8:  After a few minutes, flip each Unniappam, and let it cook on the other side as well.
  • Step 9:  Serve these warm & fresh!

Tips to Unniyappam

  • For authentic flavour, use ripe bananas. They'll sweeten and moisten the batter for tastier Unniyappam.
  • Get smooth Unniyappam by using fine rice flour. This prevents any unwanted grittiness.
  • Let the batter rest for at least 2 hours, as mentioned in the Unniyappam recipe, to meld the flavours and create softer Unni Appam balls.
  • Cook gently over medium heat to ensure even cooking without burning.
  • For a lighter and fluffier Unniyappam, add a pinch of baking soda.
  • Add cardamom powder to enhance the aroma and taste of Unniyappam.
  • Make sure to fry in ghee for extra richness and a unique flavour. Oil works too, but ghee elevates the dish.
  • Keep frying temperature consistent to avoid burning and raw center.
  • Add grated coconut for a delightful textural contrast and a touch of nuttiness.
  • Serve warm for the best experience. Unniyappam can harden as it cools.

FAQs on Unniyappam

1. Can I use sugar instead of jaggery in the Unniyappam recipe?rd?

You can substitute sugar for jaggery in the Unniyappam recipe, but the taste will differ. Jaggery adds a unique caramel flavour and texture that sugar lacks. If you use sugar, opt for dark brown sugar for a closer taste to jaggery.

2. How ripe should the bananas be to make Unniyappam?

For the best Unniyappam, use ripe bananas with brown spots on the peel. These bananas are sweeter and will mash easily, creating a soft and flavourful treat.

3. Can I make Unniyappam without a special pan?

Yes, you can make Unniyappam without a special pan by using a regular frying pan or a mini muffin tray. Grease the pan well with ghee, simply spoon the batter into the pan's hollows, and fry or bake until golden brown.

4. What is the shelf life of Unniyappam

For the best flavour and texture, enjoy your Unniyappam fresh. Unlike some snacks, this traditional Indian treat made with banana batter only keeps for 2-3 days at room temperature and up to 5 days in a fridge when kept in an airtight container.

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