Neyyappam - Crispy And Soft

Soft and crispy Neyyappam is a delicious rice fritter usually fried in specifically designed cups. Neyyappam has its origin in Kerala and the name is derived from words ‘neyy’ meaning ghee and ‘appam’ meaning pancake. Neyyappam is a traditional sweet prepared from rice flour, jaggery and ghee. For health reasons ghee is scantily used nowadays but the authentic flavor is retained. Kids love neyyappam and the delicious sweet is offered as prasadams in certain temples. You can discover a well detailed Neyyappam here that can be easily prepared at home.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 5 people



  • For preparing Neyyappam, first grind together rice flour/rava and the cardomom cloves into a very thick paste.
  • Add the powdered jaggery and grind again. When you grind the jaggery, do not add water. The jaggery will melt on its own.
  • Add ghee and maida/milk powder.
  • Coconut can be added optionally. Mix well into a thick batter.
  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
  • With a sunken ladle, pour small quantities into the oil(the size of a cookie) and deep fry Neyyappam to a rich dark brown colour.
  • Hints: Adding milk powder/maida helps thicken the dough and gives additional softness to the appams.
  • Appams are usually deep-fried in ghee. Hence the name Neyyappam. Such appams are very fatty and so to produce the same taste as ghee-fried appams, 3 tsp of ghee are added to the dough before frying.
  • Appams are usually made in a deep bottomed vessel called the "appa-karai" which has specifically designed cups for making such appams. In the absence of such a vessel, make sure that the dough is very thick, so that it does not run when poured into the pan for deep frying.
  • ***Note : Alternatively, you can use rava/sooji instead of rice flour. It will not only give the desired thickness to the dough but also not alter the taste in the least.


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Response (20)
  1. h
    hase July 19, 2007

    pls tell the amt of water to be added
    i tried it (with the rava and added water)but the dough splitted out fully

  2. s
    soumya Ramesh April 9, 2008

    Hi I tried this as it said with out any water,but dint comeout as a batter, so I added little water, but it dint turn out well, can some one please let me know, whether to or not to add water?

  3. A
    Aby February 25, 2006

    What a Neyyappam

  4. S
    Sheba September 24, 2006

    First time I am trying something from net and it turned out really good.My husband and my 2 year old son liked it very much.Thanx for the recipe…simple and tasty….

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