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Kinnathappam – Instant Steamed Rice Cake

Author Puja


  • Raw rice - 250 gm
  • Coconut - 1/2 grated
  • Sugar or Jaggery - 1/2 cup or as per your taste
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Cashews and Raisins - handful
  • Ghee/butter - for greasing and roasting dry fruits


  1. Soak the rice in water for about 6 hrs. Drain the water and keep it aside.
  2. In a mixer grinder, grind the rice with minimum amount of water and pour into a large container and set aside.
  3. Grate the coconut coarsely and add this to the rice paste.
  4. Add the sugar or jaggery.
  5. Now add just enough water to make it to the consistency of idli batter.
  6. Leave this mixture overnight to rise up.
  7. Next day (or about 6 hrs later).
  8. Add cardamom powder to the ground paste and mix well.
  9. Roast nuts and raisins in ghee and set aside.
  10. In a pressure cooker/idli cooker add water to steam cook.
  11. Take a round plate and rub little ghee into this.
  12. Pour sufficient appam batter in to the plate, decorate it with the nuts and raisins.
  13. Steam cook for about 20-25 minutes or till done.
  14. Remove the plate from cooker and let it cool down.
  15. Now take it out from the plate by slowly pulling the edges using a knife or spoon.
  16. Cut into triangular pieces and serve with hot tea or coffee.