Saturday, 19 March 2016


   Yet another day of school for my li'l one and a Himalayan task for me deciding his tiffin box menu (and for all those mothers who pack lunch for their kids)! When my daughter was young, I did not have to do "lunch packing" for her as she went to a boarding school. 
   I think now it is payback time! Abi is a very picky eater. So every evening I have to start a brainstorming session with my daughter as to what to make for his lunch the next morning. The ideal criteria is that he will actually eat without a fuss, it doesn't spill, it doesn't dirty his clothes too much - very high standards! Sometimes we are successful and sometimes we are not. Here I am posting one such success. I am sure most kids will like this because it is sweet and parents will like this because it's healthy. 

   This is a traditional south Indian recipe called 'unniyappam'. I made this day before yesterday and packed around 10 of them in Abi's tiffin box. I am not sure whether he ate them all himself or the other kids did, but his tiffin box was polished clean!  

bananas maida atta, jaggery and grated coconut        
dates, raisins, dried ginger and cardamom powder
 1. Maida : 1/2 cup
 2. Atta (whole wheat flour): 1/2 cup
 3. Banana : 1
 4. Jaggery : 125 gms
 5. grated coconut: 2 tablespoons
 6. A pinch each of dried ginger and cardamom powder
 7. Chopped dates : 4 nos
 8. Raisins - 10 - 15 ( or any other dried fruits)  
 9.Lukewarm water : 1&1/2 cups
10. Ghee for frying


1. Soak the jaggery in the lukewarm water and stir occasionally till it melts completely.

2. Mash the banana in a bowl. Add the maida and atta into the mashed banana. 

3. Pour the jaggery water (once it is cooled and melted) through a strainer into the banana atta mix.

4. Mix this batter well such that the atta and maida form no lumps.

5. Add the rest of the ingredients into the batter. Check the consistency. If it's too thick, add some water and if it is too thin, add some wheat flour. The right consistency is as shown in the picture here.

6. Heat the appam mould. Now pour about 1/4th tsp of ghee into each of the holes/depressions of the appam mould.

7. Pour the batter into these holes. Allow it to cook for two minutes or so. When the sides appear brown in colour, turn the unniyappams upside down and cook for another 2 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check. If it comes clean, it's ready!

That's it! Enjoy eating hot!


Ritu Tangri said...

My daughter loves it.. These are really so delicious that even the elders don't leave these😊

Pavani N said...

Love these unniappams, easy to eat, tastes yummy and great for kid lunchboxes.

Sapana Behl said...

Oh how I wish to try the appams but I do not have the pan.Those looks so delicious .

Priya Suresh said...

Super like, irresistible unniappams..

Kalyani said...

perfect snack for kids

Amara Annapaneni said...

That's one perfect snack for all age kids. Mess free option as you mentioned:)

Harini-Jaya R said...

Addition of dates is interesting.

Gayathri Kumar said...

My daughter loves this. Looks super inviting..

Chef Mireille said...

what a flavorful sweet version - what kid would say no to this

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