Friday, 5 February 2010

Ethappazham Appam/Steamed Plantain Cake

A very simple, steamed breakfast/snack(naalu mani palahaaram) which makes me nostalgic.  During my schooldays, Mom would always try to keep my breakfast simple and easy to eat, without any 'accompaniments', which makes it easy for her to shove into my mouth. This was my breakfast often. Gosh  :(  Those days of getting pampered are long gone..sniff...sniff... If a combo like dosa-chutney or appam-stew  which needs eloborate eating time were offered on a school day, I would duely skip making an excuse of not being hungry.  How I repented later when I had to confront the 'delicacies' of the hostel mess, which transformed me from a picky eater to an 'I eat everything homemade' person for good. And now I can hardly wait to shocktreat my li'l picky one with a hostel menu!!! Cruel pleasures of a mom...Now coming to the Appam...


It is simple and mellow, with coconut, rice flour and plantain/banana(ethappazham), which kids would love.

You will need...

Rice flour - 1 cup
Grated/Decicated coconut - 1/2 cup
Cardamom/Elaichi - 3-4
Sugar - to taste
Salt  - to taste(very less)
Banana/Ethappazham - 2



Cut banana lengthwise into four and then chop into pieces breadthwise.  Grind coconut and cardamom with some lukewarm water into a smooth paste. In a mixing bowl, mix rice flour, sugar, salt and coconut mixture to form an idlylike(meduim consistancy) batter.  Add banana pieces into it and mix well.  Spoon into greased shallow trays and steamcook.  Alternatively you can use idly mould. Good when served hot or cold. 



Note:
Let  the appams cool down a little before you unmould it to prevent it from breaking.

29 comments:

  1. Hey, such a nice dish.. totally new to me,looks so nice!!

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  2. LOL..I have a similar story to share..It's the hostel food that taught the picky eater in me, a BIG lesson...:D
    This looks so soft and yumm..New to me..Will try it sometimes :-)

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  3. This is a fantastic dish and an interesting read! Nice work Cicily.

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  4. This is something new to me... looks delicious 'n interesting... and should I say ... love the clicks!

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  5. Cicily, a new treat for me...nice and easy...I agree kids like me will love this one :)

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  6. This is a very interesting recipe:) looks so soft and yumm...

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  7. Hey, that is one fancy idli. My mom makes with applesauce for my son. This variation is good.

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  8. i never had this b4..looks delicious ...sure 'll try this soon..thanks for the recipe dear

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  9. Oh My this is like a babana idli,wonderful recipe,will try it for sure,nenthrapazham ente fav aanu...yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  10. Hi thanks for visiting my page. this one is a very new recipe have never even heard of this but that look real yum, especially those yelllow speckles. wonderful recipe and very good page with gorgeous cicks.

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  12. wowwwwwwww.banana kondu enthu aakiyalum i luv it......

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  13. interesting prep..but du think i can make this with the usual yellow bananas instead of plantains (ethakka)..cos i dont get it anywhere nearby :(

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  14. lovely dish with nice presentation cicily...its easy to make too...thanks for sharing this recipe...

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  15. Hi 'An Open Book', I'm not very sure about bananas. I think apples, peaches, mangoes or any fruit which would stay firm even after cooking should be fine.

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  17. Wow this cake sound really interesting..very new for me..thanks for ur encouraging words on my blog dear...keep visiting..

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  18. new for me..looks delicious and tempting..:)) and great pics...

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  19. Ethakka in anything gets me craving.

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  20. Anytging with ethapzham turns out great.

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  21. hey deary..I dint make kanava yet..yeah i got the cleaned one...i believe you and gotta try that soon...Thanks :)

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  22. Absolutely marvellous. Oh! cake looks so delicious and yummy that I feel like having it now itself. Perfect click.

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  23. Ahaaaa ithu kollallooooo....Its completely a new recipe...Nice with hot tea...

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  24. Wow.. this looks fantastic.. something new for me. would surely give it a try. :)

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  25. totally unique dish. looks colourful. good one

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  26. Nice and different one. clicks are good. Thank you for visiting my space and your lovely comments.

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  27. Looks so soft n yummy, new to me dear:)

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