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Dates Appam

Dates Sweet balls
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Starters
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala cuisine
Author: Jinoo Jayakrishnan
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  • 1 cup raw rice
  • 1/2 cup dates (seedless)
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped coconut/grated coconut - optional
  • 2 nos cardamom
  • 1/2 long nendran banana (Fully ripe) - (2 if small variety)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda - optional
  • 1/2 cup jaggery
  • 4-5 tbsp ghee


  • Soak raw rice in a bowl and dates (seedless or seeds removed) in another bowl for at least 3 hours. Grind together raw rice and dates in a Grinder with minimal water.
  • Now add in finely chopped coconut pieces/grated coconuts, cardamom and fully ripe banana (I used Nendran banana) and grind for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Take the batter out to a vessel. add a pinch of salt and a pinch of baking soda.
  • Meanwhile, melt the jaggery and boil it to bring it to a one string consistency/ like honey.
  • Add this jaggery syrup to the batter and mix well.
  • Heat the paniyaram pan, pour ghee into each hole and pour 3/4th of the hole with the batter. Close and cook in simmer for 2-3 minutes. You can see that sides of appam is cooked well and easy to turn over to other side. Cook on both sides until brown. Take out when done and serve !