Vattayappam, as the name suggests, is simply a steamed rice cake which is commonly found in the houses of Kerala. These are actually spongy cakes made using rice or rice flour. There are several recipes for the preparation of vattayappam. I am sharing with you an easy recipe using rice flour.
Vattayappam is actually an evening snack which tastes sweet. Sugar is added for providing sweet in this recipe. You can also enjoy this vattayappam along with chicken curry, beef curry, etc. as per your wish. If you are having vattayappam with side dish, it is better to reduce the sugar quantity in the recipe.
This vattayappam is prepared using rice flour, boiled rice, and soaked rice flakes. All the ingredients are added to a blender and grinded to the consistency of dosa batter. Fermentation takes place with the action of yeast. We should keep it to rest for 5 to 6 hours. After the batter is fermented, you need to steam this rice cake using a steamer. Once prepared, you can see too many air holes in the vattayappam.
The batter of vattayappam is similar to the paalappam batter. Normally, the vattayappams are prepared with the left-over batter of paalappam. Here we are not using raw rice. Instead we are using rice flour. Rice flour should be very fine powder.The addition of cardamom provides a good flavour to our vattayappam. Coconut provides good taste and texture to this steamed cake.
You can also add your favorite dry fruits on the top of this vattayappam. If you are adding, then you need to add it only after 5 minutes of steaming. Else, there is a chance that the dry fruits gets settled at the bottom of the tin. Also, batter should be filled in such a way that it gets filled only in the half of the tin. You must leave sufficient space for the batter to get expanded.
Recipe of the simple and fluffy vattayappam is given below. Prepare and cut it into desired shapes.
- Rice flour – 1 cup
- Grated coconut – 3/4 cup
- Boiled rice – 1/2 cup
- Soaked rice flakes – 1/2 cup
- Yeast – 1/2 teaspoon
- Sugar – 1/2 cup
- Salt – 1 pinch
- Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Ghee – 1/2 teaspoon
- Water – 1 1/2 cup
Method of Preparation :
- Take a blender and add 1 cup of rice flour to it
- Then add soaked rice flakes, grated coconut and boiled rice to it
- Add sugar, salt, cardamom powder and instant yeast to the blender
- Add water in different batches to grind all these ingredients
- Make sure all the ingredients are properly grinded and the batter reaches to the consistency of dosa batter
- Transfer the batter to a large mixing bowl and stir once using a spatula
- Close the lid of the bowl and keep it undisturbed for 5 to 6 hours for fermentation
- Take a round shaped aluminium tin suitable to keep for steaming and brush it with ghee, so that our vattayappam gets removed easily
- After the batter gets fermented, stir it and transfer to the tin
- Boil water in a steamer and keep the tin inside steamer
- Steam for 15 to 20 minutes and then insert a toothpick to check whether our vattayappam has been completely cooked
- Transfer the vattayappam to a plate, cut it into pieces and serve to your family and friends.