Therali Appam Recipe – Kerala Bay Leaf Sweet Dessert Recipe

Written by Puja

Therali Appam Recipe is a sweet snack recipe made using fresh Bay Leaf. The word Therali in this recipe means Bay Leaf. This recipe is very famous in Kerala and is usually made as an offering to some of the deities during Puja. 

Therali Appam

“I told you I can’t talk to you now. Just get back to your room and sit quietly”.

Poor little girl, sobbing, went back to her room quietly, thinking about, what did she do even.

And since then, she had never come back and shared even the smallest things in her life to her parents.


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Because she was scared of her parents, she was scared that if she asks something or, shares anything with them, it can make them angry.

Which, she probably can’t take anymore.

This was the story of my friend, who complained that her daughter doesn’t share anything with her nowadays.

Therali Appam

Suddenly, my ear started buzzing with a question of my neighbor, just a few days back.

The question was…

Are you a Friend or a Mother to your daughter.

This question shook me literally. And I am still not able to find an answer to his question.

Therali Recipe

And now today when my friend shared her story I could relate something very similar to my life as well.

Though I keep telling my daughter to share everything with us and we claim that we are a friend to her more than a parent.

But now, even I am not sure if I am a friend to my daughter.

Therali Appam Recipe

Because knowingly or unknowingly we also do the same mistake. We tend to get angry at her without any reason. And after some time we realize that we shouldn’t have done this.

But after meeting my friend and hearing her story, I took a decision.

Therali Appam Recipe

I decided that I will change myself and try my level best, at not losing control and using her as a punching bag, whenever I am frustrated and irritated by something or somebody else (isn’t this something all of us do)

Why I am sharing all this?

There is so much of child abuse happening these days and it is important that our children trust us with anything in their life and share every little thing in their day to day life.

And this is only possible if they feel comfortable sharing it with us.

Therali Appam Recipe

And for that to happen we need to instill confidence in them.

While we all claim to be friends with our kids, we very conveniently change into a parental form (monstrous) at our convenience.

We need to stop that and be a real friend to our kids. Then only we will be able to build a healthy relationship with them.

Therali Appam Recipe

Controlled reprimanding, empathetic counseling and friendly conversation can replace scolding and shouting.

And most of all when we are frustrated and irritated, we should stop using our children as a punching bag.

If you are not doing that great, but if you are doing it then please stop.

That’s a lot of Gyaan, isn’t it? Let’s make things a little sweeter now and make something really exciting.

Therali Appam Recipe

Therali Appam Recipe – Kerala Bay Leaf Sweet Dessert Recipe

Therali Appam Recipe is an authentic snack recipe prepared in Kerala using fresh Bay leaves. The aroma of bay leaves gets blended with the batter which makes this recipe unique.

This recipe can also be prepared using banana leaf as well but it does not give that unique flavor as bay leaves.

This recipe is very simple and easy to make but getting fresh bay leaves is quite challenging.

Check out the Video on How to Roll Therali Appam Recipe

Therali Appam Recipe

Therali Appam Recipe

Therali Appam Recipe is a sweet snack recipe made using fresh Bay Leaf. The word Therali in this recipe means Bay Leaf. This recipe is very famous in Kerala and is usually made as an offering to some of the deities during Puja.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Therali Appam Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Calories: 2122kcal
Author: Puja


  • 1 cup Roasted Rice flour Puttu Podi (preferably)
  • 1 cup Jaggery Powder
  • 1 Banana Robusta (well ripened)
  • 1 cup Grated Coconut
  • 8-9 nos Fresh Bay Leaves


  • Wash Bay Leaves to remove any dirt and wipe with a clean cloth. Set aside.
  • Mix Rice flour, Coconut, Banana, powdered Jaggery to make the dough (The batter should be little smoother than that of Chapati dough consistency)
  • Take a handful of batter and make a cylinder shape as per the bay leaf and put the batter in a side of bay leaf and close it from the smaller side.
  • Place a similar cylindrical batter on the top of it and close the bay leaf with its stem.
  • Repeat the procedure with the remaining batter.
  • Place all the prepared therali in a steamer.
  • Steam it for about 30 minutes.
  • Once done take it out in a plate and let it cool down.


You can sprinkle water if needed while mixing the dough.
Alternatively, we can make cone with bay leaf and fill the batter inside.
It can be made in Idli stand as well.


Nutrition Facts
Therali Appam Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2122 Calories from Fat 522
% Daily Value*
Fat 58g89%
Saturated Fat 50g313%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 1048mg30%
Carbohydrates 384g128%
Fiber 23g96%
Sugar 224g249%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 570IU11%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 172mg17%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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