Today, we are going to share one of the delectable desserts from Kerala i.e. a traditional sweet which is loved by anyone who eats it once. It is none other than the Ney Appam recipe.

Though this traditional sweet is prepared in several ways, here you will learn the traditional recipe that includes soaked rice and then ground into a batter.

The name Ney appam is derived from English names, like Ney, which means ghee, and appam means pancake. So, we can say that these are the pancakes that are prepared using ghee. It is also an ideal sweet dessert that is prepared on several special occasions and festivals, especially in South India. 

Ney Appam Recipe
Ney Appam Recipe

Ney Appam recipe is quite easy to prepare in which you have to mash banana and jaggery to the batter. You also need some ghee and cardamom powder to add flavor to this fluffy rice sweet. It does not contain baking soda and not even wheat flour. This dessert is also offered in temples in Kerala.

This sweet can be enjoyed when they are cold or warm, whatever you like to eat. Moreover, you can prepare the batter in advance as it needs 1-2 hours to rest and make the fresh appams if you want to enjoy this delicious dessert hot. It is prepared in no time, so can be your best choice to offer a dessert with lunch or dinner or whenever you want.

Quick Stats:

  • Prep time: 4 hours
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Servings: 25 pieces


  • 1 cup of raw rice
  • One and a half cups of water to soak rice and to melt jaggery
  • 1 cup of grated jaggery
  • 2 bananas
  • Half teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • Half teaspoon of dry ginger powder
  • Ghee or clarified butter to cook appams

Method to Prepare:

  • Start with washing raw rice and soak them for 3-4 hours. Even if you are taking a small quantity of raw rice, it is recommended to soak them for at least 3 hours as it works well in grinding.
  • Now, take a saucepan and add 1 cup of grated jaggery and a few tablespoons of water in it. Make sure to stir it frequently and prevent the jaggery from burning.
  • Stir the jaggery until it melts and then strain the cooked jaggery in a vessel to remove the impurities if there are any. After this, keep it aside and let it cool.
  • Next, after draining the soaked rice, grind the rice in the grinder in small batches. The mixture must be smooth and collect it in a bowl.
  • Now, take bananas and add them to the rice mixture. Also, add the cooked jaggery, cardamom powder, and dry ginger powder in it. Mix all ingredients well and let it sit for one hour.
  • After one hour, take a paniyaram pan and add ghee in all cavities in the pan. Now, you have to pour the batter slowly in these cavities.
  • Also, make sure that they are being cooked at low flame. The ghee will start floating on the top; it is so because it helps in getting brown colored appams on the top and all sides as well.
  • Also, do not hesitate to use the ghee in a good quantity as it will help in making soft spongy appams. Now, cover the pan and let the batter cook for a few seconds.
  • Now, once you notice that the sides of the appams are turned brown, flip all of them and again cover the pan for another few seconds.
  • Repeat these steps with the other batches of the batter and serve your delicious appams warm.

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Quick Tip:

  • To make this Ney Appam recipe, always use dark color jaggery.
  • You can use ghee or clarified butter to make appams. You can use the quantity of ghee depending on the amount of ghee absorbed by appams.
  • While making appams, you require patience as they need to be cooked on low flame. Also, never flip them if their sides are not browned.
  • No worries, if you do not have a paniyaram pan in your kitchen. You can also make appams by frying the batter and it is done by pouring a small spoon of the batter in the heated oil and fry the appams until they turn golden brown. For this, you can use both oil and ghee in equal quantities for frying.
  • While making the batter, do not use too much water. You can have the right consistency after resting it for a few minutes.
  • If you don’t have enough time to leave the batter for 1-2 hours aside for fermentation, you can add baking soda or baking powder to make fluffier appams.

Final Words

If you are looking for a quick and easy dessert recipe, you must try this Ney Appam recipe that will be loved by everyone, even kids. Make this dessert to celebrate any occasion or festival.