Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Kaima (biriyani Rice) / Raw rice - 1cup
Jaggery/sarkara  - 200 gms
Cooked rice - 1/4cup 
Shallots - 6
Coconut slices/Theghakothu -1/4 cup
 Coconut oil/ Refined oil - 4 tbsp
Baking soda ( Appakaram) - a pinch 
Cardamon Powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt - a pinch


Wash and soak rice for 2-3 hrs. Grind it along with cooked rice and 1/4 cup of water . Add cardamon powder,salt and baking soda and Keep it aside.

Melt the jaggery with 1/2 cup of water. Strain and add this to rice batter. Melted jaggery should be very hot while adding to the batter. Immediately mix fast. otherwise the chances forming rice lumps is more. Keep this batter aside for 1 hr.

Take a small pressure cooker for this measurement. Chop Shallots and coconuts into pieces.  In the pressure cooker add 3 tbsp of oil and saute the coconut slices till it become golden brown. Do the same with shallot also. Set aside some of the fried coconut pieces and shallots to garnish on top 

There is enough oil left in the pressure cooker now and swirl the cooker to give a coating of oil on its sides. Keep this burner in sim. Now in another burner heat the set aside batter warm by continuously stirring in low flame. Be very careful that the lumps are formed due to over heating. When the batter is warm pour into cooker. Add the remaining  fried shallot and coconut slices on top of it. Close the pressure cooker tightly without the weight/whistle. Reduce the heat to low.Heat should be extremely low otherwise the chances of getting base burnt is more. Cook for  15 minutes. Check if its cooked by opening the cooker and inserting a fork.if its not cooked keep on low flame for some more time. Switch off the stove. Remove the cooker from the burner and keep unopened for 15 minutes.When it is a bit cool, open and run a blunt knife along the edges to loosen the appam and remove from the cooker. The bottom would be dark brown with the onions and coconuts on top. 

Kalthappam ready.... cut  into pieces and serve with hot tea....:)
Recipe Courtesy: Mrs.Nirmala Jayakrishnan,Calicut (Ammayi)


  1. Tried this one and came out perfect... Thanks for posting.. Even the kids enjoyed eating this traditional snack


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