These stunning rose cookies are for those who would love to sample an authentic Kerala teatime snack!
1½ kg fine rice flour
2 eggs, whisked
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
Salt to taste
Coconut oil or refined vegetable oil for deep frying
Add coconut milk into the flour in small quantities, kneading all the time, to make a soft dough.
Gradually add the eggs and whisk to make a thick batter.
Stir in sugar, sesame seeds, cumin seeds and salt.
Heat oil in a wok and warm the achappam mould in it.
Take some batter in a small vessel and dip the hot mould into it taking care not to immerse the mould completely.
Dip the mould coated with batter rapidly in the hot oil.
The achappam will float free in the oil. Turn over and fry till golden brown on both sides. Drain off excess oil and transfer to a paper. Store in airtight container.
You will need an achappam mould to make these cookies. Too much sugar in the batter will cause the achappam to stick to the mould.