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Orappam/ Traditional snack of Kerala

Orappam is a traditional snack of Kerala which is made on festive occasions . It is made like a halwa and then lightly baked to make it crusty and crunchy on the exterior. Inside it has a fudge like texture. It is made with rice flour and coconut milk, sugar/jaggery and a taste which will surely make you nostalgic. You can also add egg in this recipe.Since most home did not have ovens in earlier days it was baked by closing lid tightly and  burning coconut shells and placing it on top and bottom. I tried an easy version here by baking in the oven.

Rice flour-1 1/2cups
Sugar- 1  cup
Coconut Milk thick- 1 1/2 cup
Coconut milk thin- 1 1/2 cup
Cashew nuts crushed- 1/3 cup
Cardamon powder- 1/3 tsp (optional)
Fennel seeds- a pinch
Ghee-2 tsp
Coconut oil  1/4 cup

Roast rice flour finely till there is no moisture left. Idiyappam flour is perfect for this recipe.
Into the rice  flour mix in sugar, coconut milk, fennel seeds and combine into a batter just like for a cake. I have used the rose rice powder or matta rice. 
You can also substitute sugar with jaggery. Melt jaggery with half cup of water and strain and add this to rice flour. Take only one and one half cup of coconut milk.
Heat coconut oil in a heavy bottom pan and add cashew nut and roast.
 Now slowly pour in the rice mixture carefully and stirring continuously till it is fully blended and starts thickening. Cook in medium heat and let it cook for about ten minutes  or till it attains a thick consistency like halwa . Add ghee, cardamon powder and stir till the mixture becomes a thick lump and starts leaving the sides of the pan.Grease baking pan and spread this mixture evenly in the pan with the help of a spatula. Cover baking pan with aluminuim foil.Bake in 350 degreeF for about 20 minutes or till it the top has slightly browned up. Let it cool completely and cut into desired shapes.

Sending this to Umm Mymoonah's wonderful event

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. We do similar appam too, urs looks very yummy and droolworthy...feel like having some..

  2. Very nice appam , feels like to taste it now..

  3. Quite similar to the Malaysian one, looks great dear....

  4. Njan angottu varatte..loooks so yummy!!!

  5. enthammo ! enganai kothipikkallai!superb!

  6. Adipoli orappam, etra naal ayenno ethellam kandittu thanne...oru titanic odikanulla vellam und epol...Vayil!!!


  7. Looks delicious...I never heard abt orappam before..

  8. Interesting halwa , sounds delicious..

  9. wow, a great recipe, will try sometime, beautiful

  10. that is new n interesting.. never heard about it.. sounds delish though.. wonderful presentation dear.

  11. Wow! That looks so yummy. Thank you so much for sendis=ng this delicious sweet to my event:-)

  12. Sweeeeetttttt .......... looks so delicious !!

    Cheers n Happy Cooking!

  13. That is a very new snack. Never heard about adding eggs in indian sweets, or may be it is just new to me, looks good :)

  14. Thanks all for the sweet comments.
    Sarah,sure you are welcome
    Umm thanks dear is definitely sweet to taste, but it is actually cut and served as a tea time snack:)

  15. very intresting orappam.. luks delicious and tempting...

  16. my mom makes this too but without eggs and with jaggery....wil psot my version soon......lovely pics and mouthwatering dish....looks tempting and yum..perfect pieces

  17. enikku ithu ippum venee....Wish you were staying next door...:-) Looks perfectly yumm

  18. never had this before,luks very tempting and delicious...

  19. orappam is my fav. my aunt makes them. i have never tried it. now since i have the recipe i will surely try it. thanks Suja.

  20. kandittu kothi avunu... yummy!

  21. Dear, plz do collect an award for you from mine :).. happy blogging :)

  22. suja my favorite one.. amma used to make the same.. we love to have it at anytime..amma's recipe she donot use the egg.. looks good really enjoyed seeing the pic..

  23. seriously new to me. but looks inviting....

  24. OMG this looks sooo delicious. Liked your first click very much
    Hamaree Rasoi

  25. kothi akkunnu....adyamayittu annu kelkkunnathu...

  26. have heard so much about it but have never tried it

  27. havent heard of this.. sounds interesting n tasty!

  28. Nvere heard about this... But interesting one ad looks delicious..

  29. Never heard of it before...seems to be tasty.

  30. looks like a cake, looks nice as well

  31. it really looks like a cake...looks very tempting.....

  32. Lovely pics!! Never heard of orappam before..It looks very delicious, will surely give it a try sometime..

  33. Thanks all for the sweet comments..happy that you all like this.
    Sanyukta and Prani thanks. Me too was first having doubt about adding eggs..but believe me it came out real tasty and the smell of eggs vanish after it was baked. But you can also make it without eggs and also with jaggery...
    Thanks all for stopping by.

  34. This is new to me but very interesting and sounds filling too.

  35. Thanks Pari for stopping by and the sweet comment:)

  36. Orappam's history can be traced to the days when parts of Kerala, Goa were still under the portuguese regime..its not an Indian has Portuguese lineage..this is a dish that has been prepared in my family for ages...its an example of the influence of Portuguese culture in our daily lives..

  37. Thanks Rejoy for stopping by..
    there are lot of Portuguese influence in Kerala Cuisine..especially in central Kerala. Did not know that Orappam's origin can be traced back to the Portuguese rule. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Orappam is nothing but a crude version of the Bebinca, which is found in Goa. It is an Indo-Portuguese dish. The Portuguese colonists who prepared it in Kerala used rice flour and local ingredients like coconut milk,while the Goan Bebinca got refined over the ages to such an extent that it is multilayered-21 to be precise.

  39. Wow! this is awesome. My mother used to make it and now I will try it.
    I was too late to find this blog.
    Thumps up to u, suja. Doing a great job.

  40. Wow1,Nice luking Rice cake .Very New to me Suja!.Luks spongy-good.BKMarking it.

  41. Thanks for the recepie

    Russell Harper

  42. Thanks for the recepie

    Russell Harper

  43. What abt the rest of the coconut milk......u only added thin coconut milk.....when to add thick coconut milk?

    Is it ok to add 1 egg??

    1. Hi Shru, you can mix it together it the first stage itself. You can also add egg, sometimes I make orappam with egg and it is very tasty :)
      Thanks for visiting..hope you will like this recipe.


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