Neyyappam or Sweet fried pancakes
Neyyappam is a sweet dish used as an evening snack in Kerala. Small amounts of ghee is used for the preparation of this sweet dish.
Neyyappam is one of the favourite evening snack of Kerala. Rice flour is the main ingredient used in this recipe. Jaggery is used as a sweetening agent. Chopped and fried coconut is also added to have a crispy experience. A pinch of baking soda can be used for fluffiness. Neyyapam is very easy to make and it requires only very few ingredients.
Ingredients required for making Neyyappam
- 3 cups of raw rice (Pachari)
- 2 tablespoon of maida
- 1 or 2 mashed bananas
- 1/2 kilogramme of jaggery
- 1/2 cup of chopped coconuts
- A pinch of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
- 3 teaspoon of ghee
- 3 or 4 cups of coconut oil
- 2 or 3 cardamom
- 2 cups of water
- A pinch of salt
Method of preparation
- Wash the raw rice and soak it in water for at least 5 hours.
- Drain the water and grind it, make the flour into a semi-fine powder.
- Peel of the bananas and mash it to a fine batter.
- Heat the pan and add little water. Add the jaggery and melt it.
- Once the jaggery is fully melted drain the syrup using a strainer.
- Heat the pan and add the ghee, once it is heated add the chopped coconut pieces. Fry it to a light brown colour.
- Into a bowl, add the raw rice powder, mashed banana, sesame seeds, maida, cardamom, fried coconut, jaggery syrup and the salt. Mix it to form a batter.
- Keep it aside for 30 to 45 minutes.
- Take out a deep frying pan and heat it. Pour in the coconut oil and once it is heated, using a ladle pour in the batter once.
- Once the bottom side is semi-fried, flip it so that both sides will be crispy fried.
- Once it attains a brown colour. Take it out and keep it to remove excess oil.
- Tasty and crunchy Neyyappam is ready and it can be served as an evening snack.