Monday, August 11, 2014

Kallappam - Steamed Rice Cake

#Kallappam  #SteamedRicecake : This is a recipe told by one of my dear daughters' friends and her recipe is at

This is a traditional Kerala recipe passed on to her through her grandma. Originally the batter is fermented with toddy which is called ' kallu ' in Malayalam. That is how this rice cake got the name ' kallappam '.
Nowadays yeast is used to ferment the batter. So now I feel, it may be called Rice bread or Rice cake.

I followed her recipe and included ingredients that were available with me when I prepared it.

Let me present my version of Kallappam.

Kallappam [ steamed rice cake ]

Ingredients :
2 cups                                  Raw Rice
2/3 cup                                 Cooked Rice
3/4 cup                                 Coconut scrap
1 Tbsp                                  Sugar
1 Tsp                                    Salt [ Adjust ]
1 Tbsp                                  Dry yeast
1 or 2                                   Dried Fig, make pieces
or include any other raisins.

Method :
Wash rice one or two times and soak for 2 hours.
Then grind raw rice, cooked rice and coconut in mixer grinder or wet grinder adding enough water into a nice batter.
The batter should be of idly batter consistency.
Add salt and sugar.
Dissolve yeast in 1 tbsp of lukewarm milk or water and then add to the batter.
Mix well and allow to ferment for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.

The batter would have fermented well and raised double its volume.
Now keep an idly maker with water on a stove over HIGH flame.

Grease a shallow bowl with oil.

The batter should be mixed well with a long ladle.

Half fill the bowl with batter.

Keep inside the idly maker over a steamer plate.

Steam for 12 - 15 minutes.
Check whether its done well inside by sliding a knife through it upto bottom of the plate.
If its not cooked well inside. the knife comes out with batter sticking to it.
Cook till its done.

Keep ready another plate in the same way to cook for next batch.

Take out the kallappam.

Kallappam [ steamed rice cake ]

Run a spoon or knife along the rim of the kallappam.
Transfer on to a plate.

Kallappam [ steamed rice cake ]

Make pieces and serve hot with kadalai curry or kuruma or chutney.

Kallappam [ steamed rice cake ]

I served here with Coriander chutney.

Kallappam [ steamed rice cake ]

Hot or cold the taste is too good!!

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