Make soft neyyappams without yeast or baking soda

Neyyappam is called 'yeriyappa' in Kannada. Photo: iStock/santhosh_varghese

Fluffy soft neyyappams with thinly sliced coconut bits can be irresistible for many of us. Children love it as an all-time snack and even our nursery rhymes like 'Ayyappantamma Neyyappam Chuttu' show the extent of its popularity.

Neyyappam is called 'yeriyappa' in Kannada. If you are craving the snack, you can make it at home without adding yeast or baking soda, or waiting for the batter to ferment. Here's how!

2 cups raw rice
2 cups boiled rice
5 cardamom
1 tsp ghee
1 cup jaggery
½ cup thinly sliced coconut pieces
½ cup sesame seeds

Take some raw rice, wash and soak it in water for two hours
Drain out the water completely
Mix it with an equal volume of boiled rice and put five cardamoms and 1/4 teaspoon salt
Melt one cup of jaggery into syrup by adding ¼ cup of water
As the syrup gets cold, put it into a mixer with the rice, grind it into a smooth paste
Now add one teaspoon of ghee into the batter, besides thinly sliced coconut pieces and sesame seeds in equal volume, and give a quick stir
Heat oil in a pan and pour a ladle-full of the batter into it
Fry both sides well by flipping it off and also wait for the appams to puff up
This batter can be used immediately after grinding
There is no need to add baking soda and refined wheat flour (maida)

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