How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.
Short Grain Rice soaked for 2-3 hours and drained 500 gram
Jaggery soaked in 1 cup water 300 grams
Dried ginger powder (soonth) ¼ teaspoon
Green cardamom seeds 4-5
Ghee 1 tsp + fo
Fresh coconut small pieces ¼ cup
black sesame seeds (kale til) 1 teaspoon
Icing sugar for dustin
Put rice and jaggery in a grinder jar and grind with little water, ginger powder and green cardamom seeds.
Peel bananas, cut into roundels and add to the grinder jar and grind into a smooth batter. Transfer into a bowl.
Heat 1 tsp ghee in a non-stick pan, add coconut and sauté till lightly browned. Add black sesame seeds, mix and add this to the batter and mix well.
Heat unniappam mould. Fill the dents with sufficient ghee and heat. Pour batter into the dents till they are ¾ full and cook, turning the appams once with a skewer, till golden and crisp from all over.
Remove the unniappams from the mould, arrange them on a serving plate, dust icing sugar on top and serve immediately.
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