Sunday, April 8, 2012

Vattayappam / Steamed Rice Cake

Wishing all of you a very Happy Easter. Vattayappam is a sweet rice cake which is served as breakfast or snack in most of the Christian homes in Kerala. It is also made especially during Christmas and Easter time. I have tasted this Vattayappam very long back at my friend's house and I still remember the taste of it. There are a variety of Appams of which Vellayappam or Laced Rice Pancakes is something which I make often. But this is the first time I am making Vattayappam. I have referred Melange and has followed the recipe with slight changes. As its the first time, I am completely satisfied with the results. It came out soft, fluffy and was very delicious.

Recipe Source : Melange



You need...

1 cup Raw Rice (I used Idli Rice)
3/4 cup grated Coconut
1/3 cup cooked Rice
1/2 cup Water (approx)
1/4 tsp active dry Yeast
1/2 cup + 2 tsp Sugar
3/4 tsp Cardamom powder
1/4 tsp Salt
Cashews and Raisins (optional)

To prepare...

Wash and soak the rice for 5-6 hours. Just before grinding, dissolve yeast and 2 tsp sugar in 1/4 cup warm water and set aside until frothy. Grind drained rice, coconut and cooked rice by adding a little water at a time. The batter should be smooth and should be thick with idli batter consistency. (It shouldn't be watery, so add water as needed)

Now add sugar, yeast mixture and salt to the batter. Mix well and keep for fermenting for a minimum of 7-8 hours. The batter will double by this time. 

Once fermented and ready to steam, add cardamom powder to the batter and mix. Check for sugar and salt at this point, add if required.

Grease a steel bowl or vessel with oil or ghee on all sides. (You can also use the idli moulds.) Pour the batter to the bowl, it should be only half filled as the batter will rise when steamed. Steam in an idli cooker or pressure cooker. After 5-10 minutes of steaming, sprinkle some cashews and raisins on top and continue steaming. ( If you add initially, they might sink in the batter. So add before batter is fully cooked)

Steam for 25-30 minutes or until done. Use a toothpick to check if it comes out clean. Once done, cool for about 10-15 minutes. Use a sharp knife along the circumference of the bowl to remove it and invert to a plate. Wait for another few minutes before slicing. Enjoy the Vattayappam !!



Notes:

* You can use coconut milk instead of coconut while grinding.
* You can fry the cashews and raisins in ghee and then add.





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40 Tasty Comments:

faseela said...

yummy vattayappam....awesome

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

wow super treat dear...super yummy appam.ur clicks r awesome

Kalpana Sareesh said...

looks too good!!

Square Meals said...

Looks yummy Sobha. I have never had home made vattayappams. The only ones I remember are the ones we used to buy from Varkey's Supermarket in Cochin :-)

Aparna

radha said...

Nice. I had one at a friend's place the other day. It was good, but I wished it was sweeter. This looks perfect.

Srimathi said...

Its interesting to see a steamed appam recipe. I have never tasted one. I always thought that appam is always fried dumplings. Happy Easter! the appam looks soft and moist.

Reshmi said...

perfect sobha... enikku othiri ishttamaayi :).. thanks for the participation token
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Nalini's Kitchen said...

Wow!!looks so spongy and delicious.

Julie said...

Delicious vattayappam,Wish to have a slice:-)
Happy Easter :-)
Erivum Puliyum

Angela said...

This is a new dish for me. Very beautiful.

Sumi said...

Have been wanting to try this for a long time now. Bookmarked.Will try is soon.

cookingvarieties said...

hi sobha, what a pretty and cool looking rice cake.
must be yummy- i guess there is no short cut, must use rice itself , soak and grind..ha ha.. but i would love to try this.
bookmarked with thanks. have a nice day

Vimitha Anand said...

Love vattayappam and urs look perfect...

jeyashrisuresh said...

Very nice presentation and nicely done appam

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow wonderful recipe,luks so soft and fluffy...very nice.

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow wonderful recipe,luks so soft and fluffy...very nice.

Gayathri NG said...

Awesome n appealing recipe...

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Vattayappam looks perfectly made...soft and spongy...

One of my hostel roommate used to bring this every time she came back from home..used to love it..never tried it at home...must try.

maha said...

super tempting caek... super tasty too.
maha

sm said...

looks tasty and
healthy dish

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow looks so soft and spongy...looks yum

Priya said...

Super spongy rice cake looks fabulous..

Vineetha said...

It look so soft and spongy..I too have tasted this a number of times from friends and loved it.Hope u r having a nice Easter holidays :)

Hema said...

Has come out so well, am going to give it a try..

Mélange said...

This has come out perfect and super spongy dear..Feel like grabbing from the screen..Thanks for linking.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Vattayappam has come out perfect for u dear. Nice clicks. Happy Easter!

kankana said...

never heard of anything like that before but it looks so lovely and tempting me to give a try!

Akila said...

Wow so new to me... But looks yummy

Jay said...

awesome..looks extremely tasty
Tasty Appetite

Treat and Trick said...

It turned out fabulous! I want a slice please...

Chandrani said...

Steam rice cake looks so soft and delicious.

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Aruna Manikandan said...

wow...
looks soft and delicious :)

Ramya said...

Thanks for linking this yummy reccipe with Kerala Kitchen. Pls send the details by mail

easyfoodsmith said...

Wow! This looks so delicious and healthy. Yummy post

Vidhya said...

Feel like grabbing and gobbling one.Shoba you have here one of my favorite childhood desserts.

deeps recipes said...

Vattayappam has come out excellent...

Javelin Warrior said...

Wow, I have never heard of vattayappam but it sounds so delicious and it's beautifully plated... I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It's a pleasure to be following your creations…

Mahi said...

THat looks spongy and soft! Had "Kinnathappam" once. Would love to taste this one too!

Rasi said...

have never heard of this.. i have seen on reema s blog that it... looks great..pictures are beautiful! thanks for linking it sobha :)


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renu said...

this si something i love and i miss it here in dubai.. i have a doubt.. teh cooked rice u haved added.. was that cooked raw rice u added? will definitely try this recipe.. will let u know when i do!! thanks for sharimng this lovely recipe... :)

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