A perfect sugary treat for your sweet tooth - ' Chakka Unniyappam', a must-try festive delicacy. Also called as ' Neiyappam', it is traditionally prepared with bananas but this special recipe is made with jackfruit.
Raw rice (pachari), fleshy jackfruit pieces and grated coconut are mixed to a smooth batter. Jaggery, cardamom powder and ginger powder are added to attain the delectable sweet taste.
Finally, the sweet dumplings are shallow fried on a medium flame.
Wash and clean raw rice and soak in 3 cups water for 5 hours.
Drain out water thoroughly and make a smooth paste in mixer (in batches) with grated coconut and chopped jackfruit bulbs. Use only very little water (1-2 tbsp) during grinding.
Finally add melted and sieved jaggery, cardamom powder and dried ginger powder. Batter should not be very thick. It should be of pouring consistency. Keep aside the batter for 2-3 hours to allow it to ferment.
Heat unniyappam kadai on a medium heat. Sprinkle each mould with 1/2 tsp ghee.
Pour batter in each mould. Sprinkle a little ghee again over batter. Cover with a lid and cook on low-medium heat for 8-10 minutes until the edges separate from the kadai moulds and you start getting a nice aroma.
Flip them over and cook again for 8-10 minutes.
Recipe Courtesy: Niya's World
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