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Posted by Annita on July 15, 2008

I’ve been getting so many requests to post a recipe for Vattayappam.So here it comes…

Back in my home,this is a regular tea time snack,but i’ve seen families serving this for breakfast along with Fish molly ,spicy curries ,stews etc.

Ingredients :-

Raw rice – 2 cups
Cooked rice (preferabbly rosematta rice cooked ) – 1 cup
Grated coconut – 1 cup
Yeast – 1/2 tsp
Sugar – 1/4 cup or use it accordingly
Salt – a pinch
Roasted Cashews and Raisins – as needed (Optional)
Cardamom powder – a pinch (Optional :-Personally,I like it better without this)

Method :-

Soak the rice in water for 5-6 hours and drain it. Grind this with grated coconut,sugar and cooked rice adding just enough water to a smooth batter.Be careful while adding water,the batter should not be very watery,it has to be in the consistency of idly batter.Add the yeast and salt and mix well together.Cover it with a lid and keep it in a warm place for 8 – 10 hrs to ferment.

Just before preparing,check for the sugar and also add cardamom powder if you’re using it.Gently stir it and keep it aside.Grease a flat pan or idly mould with little oil and spoon in the fermented batter.Top it with cashews and raisins.

Steam it for 15 mts in a medium heat or until it is done.

Allow it to cool in the pan for 20 mts and gently take it out .

Tip :- For soft vattayappams,carefully spoon only the foamy part from the top of the fermented batter into the pan.Stir the rest of the batter well and again allow it to ferment.With 20- 25 mts,it will ferment again and you’ll get a foamy batter on top.

Check out Maria’s Vattayappam here

Update :- Instead of sugar,you can also use jaggery.Just heat the jaggery adding little amount of water and allow it to melt completly.Pour it through a sieve and collect the melted jaggery in a bowl.Allow it to cool and then add it to the batter .Again be careful about the consistency of the batter,it should be similar to idly batter.

56 Responses to “Vattayappam”

  1. Vanitha said

    Great post annita.. it looks Yummy!!

    Thanks vanitha

  2. nags said

    when i was a kid, we had a maid called shantha who used to make the best vattayappams in the whole world! mom fired her cuz she used to steal :D but i still cant forget the taste of her vattayappams!

    U still remember her name,huh..??..:))I too can imagine the taste…:))

  3. divya ajit said

    hey anita,
    great blog.
    instead of steaming it, i usually micro wave it. abt 10 mins in the oven in a greased dish.
    makes the job far more easier.

    Yeah …div…thats a good way …
    Let me try that next time..Thank you

  4. sajna said

    Hi Annita
    You will not believe I was craving to have this recepie for a long time and I am going to make it tomorrow itself.Thanks a lot and I believe it will turn out to be good when I make it .

    Its a very simnple recipe,Sajna..You’ll surely get it right..

  5. Ashima said

    Hi Annita,

    Lovely simple recipes :)

    Thank you Ashima

  6. MR said

    Nice to see u back,
    always wanted to try making this ,
    did’nt have the right recipe
    now I do

  7. Cynthia said

    I’m always learning something new from you.

  8. lynn said

    just came across your blog, love the spread. my mom makes vattayappam once in a while. i always used to tell mom that i’ll never miss kerala food. But now i totally am craving it. I have to find a simple recipe from your blog and try it. you have inspired me to :) thanks

  9. ramya said


    u make me feel hungry ….gr8 post

  10. Sudha said

    Hi Annita,

    Nice to see you back!! I tried your gulab jamun recipe and it was delicious. Thanks for a wonderful and easy recipe. Please keep many such awesome recipes coming!!


  11. Raji said

    Back to your blog after a long time.
    Got busy with pregnancy, delivery and and now busy with my little girl :)
    You are still doing a wonderful job on your blog! Keep up the good work!
    Proud of you! – Raji

  12. chithra said

    hi anitha,i was also looking for this recipe..thanks dear for sharing this…today i am going to try this…i love ur blog…has lots and lots of recipes with prefect description! keep going..

  13. pintoo said

    Can we use the same batter for making appams.

    Yes pintoo,but u hae to make the batter little thinner for appams..

  14. Meena said

    today i was in a mood to make a cake..and i gave in google vanitha pachakam, as i like most of the recipies in it very much..thus i came to saw ur blog.. its coooollll,superb..and after reading this vattayappam recipe,’m rushing to do it..

  15. Rg said

    wow! this sounds easier to do. I’ve heard of vattayappams but never knew how to make it….I’ll have to give it a try. thanks for the recipe.

    Try it out sometime Rg,and let me know your comments

  16. Meena said

    Hi annita,
    Me tried out the vattayappam.Made it for todays breakfst along with potato masala.. Superb…

    Thank u for letting me know abt it,Meena

  17. waheedha said

    hi annita,
    I had eaten this dish in a friend’s place& liked it very much,I did not know the name of this dish too,but iv’e been wanting to make this so badly as it was a new one for tamilians like me.
    Thank you so much for your recipe.

    Thank you dear.Try it out and lemme know your comments too..

  18. Anne Reji said

    Hi Annita,
    The tips which you had given for Vattayappam is really good and it does work well..Thanks for the tips..

    Thank you Anne..

  19. pintoo said

    Thanks annita for the recipe.. I made both vattayappam and appam. They taste great. I shared with my mom and some of my friends too..

    I’m so happy to hear that Pintoo…Thank u very much for letting me know abt it.

  20. R said

    welcome back.awesome recipe. my hubby and kids loved it.i used to eat this as a kid at my neighbours house but that aunty would never part/share her recipe. now many thanks to u i can make as much as i want without her help.thanks a lot.

    Thank you very much,r.I’m so happy to hear it..

  21. Veena said

    Annita, thanks for the wonderful recipe..Can long grain rice be used for this?

    Yes,u can use long grain rice

  22. Jisha said

    Great recipe.I tried it yesterday and it came out really good.It tasted better than store bought vattayappams. Everyone loved it.Thanks a lot .

    I’m so happy to hear this,Jisha..Thanks a lot for letting me know

  23. Vidya said

    Hi Anita,

    You have an amazing website and I am sure you are a great cook too!! Love your recipes..
    Few months back you had a recipe on Fish Molly .. Have you taken that off??

  24. Manju said

    Thanks Annita for posting all your wonderful recipes.I have tried many of your recipes(can’t name any favourites.loved all that I tried) and have become an ardent fan of yours:-).Have tried your vattayappam recipe and it came out excellent.Best wishes

  25. jyothi said

    is it a sweet dish? with out sugar how it tastes?

  26. sheeba said

    tried ur recipe..came out well..thanks to u..

  27. nayana said

    thank you so much annita for your delicious vattayappam reciepe

  28. tia said

    hi can u make appams with rice powder instead of raw rice

  29. Meena said


    Please post the recipe for kerala wine. the one which is made with variety of fruits by boiling. i love them. just heard they r made with fruits. could never follow the recipe. please post…………….

  30. vavachi said

    really gr8 recipe. i tried this for last Easter, and came out superb. Actually in my home , Mom used to make vattayappm using toddy(kallu).its really tasty. Here outside kerala we wont get kallu, so i never tried vattayappm. Anyway i tried it came out I’ll make it again. Thank u so much


  31. mini said

    Hi Anitha,
    Just happened to see your blog & looks very interesting….cant wait to try these recipes…shall let you know .Mini.

  32. Madhu said

    Hi Anitha, i tried this Vattayappam recipe of urs and it turned out to be owesome. My hunnby is very specific abt food and he praised me like anything for preparing Vattapappam. This was the first time am prepared a Kerala dish. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

  33. elsa said

    thanks for the recipe anitha,can we make this in the oven.

  34. tina said

    Yum! thank you for this wonderful recipe, Anitha. I love vattayappam!! I can’t wait to eat it tomorrow!

  35. prince said

    hai everybody,

    Real taste of vatteppam was adulterated, since it was commercialized by bakeries in kerala. Real vatteppam was made out from soaked rice, fresh sherred coconut, suger and fresh toddy. other spices deviates the taste from the original taste. It is to be steam cooked.


  36. Sindu Chacko said

    Hi Annita, Vattayappam is gud. My mom-in-law adds a pinch of Netmug to the batter, it tastes vry nice. Do post gud recipes. ………… :-)

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  50. mary said

    great easy dish first time going to try this,,,,insructions are simple & easy to understand

  51. Sofia said

    Hi anita,
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  52. THOMAS said

    Hi Anitha
    Great Dish yar Remembering my mums………….

  53. rijiajay said

    which is the brand of raw rice should we buy ? is sona masoori rice ok pls do give me a answer………

  54. priya nair said

    hi anitha is it ok if i use idly rice instead of raw rice

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  56. Bhavna said

    What kind of raw rice did you use?Is it Basmati,long grain rice matta rice or idli rice.Please let me know because I am planning to make this for easter.Thanks in advance.

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