• Yield : 2
  • Servings : 4-8
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 40m
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Vattayappam / Steamed Rice Cake

Vattayappam is a kind of steamed rice cake commonly served as a snack or breakfast. The main ingredients of this dish are rice flour and coconut milk. It is one of the traditional-healthy food of Kerala. Vattayappam is prepared especially during Easter and Christmas days.


  • Fine rice flour (നന്നായി പൊടിച്ച അരിപ്പൊടി) - 4 Cups
  • Warm water (ചെറു ചൂടുവെള്ളം) - ½ Cup
  • Water (വെള്ളം) - 2 Cups
  • Coconut milk (തേങ്ങ പാല്‍) - 1½ Cup
  • Yeast (Active dry yeast) - ½ Tea spoon
  • Sugar (പഞ്ചസാര) - ¾ Cup
  • Cardamom (ഏലക്ക) - 5 Nos
  • Garlic (വെളുത്തുള്ളി) - 1 Clove
  • Ghee (നെയ്യ്) - 2 Tea spoon
  • Cashew nut (കശുവണ്ടി) -15 Nos
  • Raisins (ഉണക്ക മുന്തിരി) - 20 Nos
  • Cherry - 5 Nos (optional)
  • Salt (ഉപ്പ്) – To taste


Step 1

Dissolve yeast in ½ cup of warm water (make sure that the water is not too hot) along with ½ table spoon of sugar and let sit for 30 minutes until it is frothy.

Step 2

Crush cardamom and garlic separately and keep aside.

Step 3

Mix 2 table spoon of rice flour with 2 cups of water and boil it for 5 minutes by stirring it. Keep aside and let it cool.

Step 4

Add this to the remaining rice flour along with yeast dissolved water, coconut milk, sugar, cardamom, garlic and salt. Mix it well in a mixer grinder. (The batter should be thick in consistency like idly batter)

Step 5

Keep it overnight (8 hours) in a warm place for fermentation.

Step 6

Spread evenly gee in a flat pan or an idli mould and pour the batter into it (fill up to half the pan).

Step 7

Garnish it with cashew nut, raisins and cherry (optional).

Step 8

Steam it (like idli) for 20 minutes in a medium heat. (close the lid only after the water starts boiling).

Step 9

When it is done, remove from the flame and let it cool. Cut the vattayappam into desired shapes and serve it with a cup of tea/coffee.


1) As the batter quantity increases during fermentation, use a vessel which can hold almost double the quantity.

2) Fine rice flour is mandatory for vattayappam (You can use idiyappam or appam rice flour, but puttu rice flour is not ideal for this dish).

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1 Table spoon = 3 Tea spoons
1 Dessert spoon = 2 Tea spoons
1 Tea spoon = 5 ml
1 Cup = 236.588 ml


Myself, Shaan Geo basically a Software Engineer started my career in IT Industry. I have had a passion for food and cooking from an early age. This habit made me keep an eye out for the new variants of food and the different cuisines where ever I go. According to me cooking is an equal-opportunity talent and I find that anybody can cook. It is not limited by the age, profession, caste, colour or creed of a person. What is needed is the love for cooking. For me passion for cooking does not stop in the kitchen, when I travel, I continue to be inspired by eating in some of the best restaurants around the world.

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Comments (36)

  1. posted by Jayalakshmi on March 15, 2013

    Hi…. I tried to make this today.. It came well :)

    • posted by Shaan Geo on March 15, 2013

      Hi Jayalakshmi, Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and taking time to share your feedback here.

  2. posted by Jilby on March 30, 2013

    Hi… I tried many of your recipe. Its very easy and tasty.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on March 31, 2013

      Hi Jilby, Thank you very much for trying my recipes and also for your kind words of encouragement, appreciate it very much.

  3. posted by Radhika S on April 1, 2013

    Hi Shaan

    I tried your recipe in this Easter, Eventhough I have less experience in kitchen it came well. Thank you for the easy recipe. May god bless you with all you want.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on April 2, 2013

      Hi Radhika, Thank you very much for trying this recipe and also for leaving your feedback here. Nice to know that the Vattayappam came out well for you. Thanks a lot for your kind wishes.

  4. posted by Rej on April 3, 2013

    Hiii Shaan, I tried few of ur recipes like vattayappam, pepper chicken and fish curry.. every thing was wonderful. my husband was doubtful how the fish curry taste while using vaalan puli instead of kudampuli. anyway it tastes fantastic. expecting more & more easy and tasty recipe from u…

    • posted by Shaan Geo on April 3, 2013

      Hi Rej, I am really thrilled to see the list of items you tried from this website. Nice to know that you all enjoyed it. I will be posting more easy recipes in the future. Thanks a lot for your inspirational words of encouragement, appreciate it very much.

  5. posted by Deepa on April 11, 2013

    Hi Shaan chetta…. i tried this recipe too… and u know it was really easy to make….. was really awesome… and my family members loved it too.. Thanks a lot—-

    • posted by Shaan Geo on April 12, 2013

      Hi Deepa, Great to know that you all loved it. Thanks for the feedback and regular visit.

  6. posted by Suji on April 25, 2013

    Hey Shaan, I reached here while searching for Vattayappam recipe and see that your is kinda unique. One doubt i have is should we use roasted rice flour or just regular? Also do you have any suggestions on how to make the batter if using soaked raw rice?
    You have a beautiful and yummy collection here, will come back for more as we are foodies :)
    Best wishes,

    • posted by Shaan Geo on April 26, 2013

      Hi Sujitha, Thank you very much for the wishes and nice words. Vattayappam prepared with roasted rice flour will be more soft while compare to the regular flour. If you are using soaked rice grind it by adding coconut milk. Hope this helps you. Happy cooking :)

  7. posted by Raji on May 12, 2013

    Hi Shaan, your recipes looks very simple and so yummy. I tried egg Biryani and its superb. Now I want to make Vattayappam and for that I want to know, for coconut milk i can add coconut milk powder or I have to take milk from the coconut.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on May 12, 2013

      Hi Raji, Thank you very much for your kind words of encouragement. Great to know that the Egg Biryani came out well for you. Regarding Vattayappam, you can prepare it with coconut milk or finely ground coconut. I haven’t tried it with coconut powder, but I think it will work out. Please do share your feedback. Happy cooking.

  8. posted by Hari Nair on June 6, 2013

    Good recipe, very authentic. I made with Maggi coconut milk powder.
    Thank you Shaan

    • posted by Shaan Geo on June 11, 2013

      You are welcome Hari. Great to know that it came out well with coconut powder. Thanks a bunch for your feedback.

  9. posted by Nisha on July 6, 2013

    I loved your recipes…. Shaan, your recipes looks very simple and so yummy thanks for sharing.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on July 8, 2013

      You are welcome Nisha, Happy to know that you like the recipes posted here. Thanks a lot for sharing your feedback. Happy cooking :)

  10. posted by Jolly Johnson on July 13, 2013

    Instead of rice flour and coconut milk, we can also make by grinding rice and coconut. Its only a suggestion. You may please try it and see.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on July 14, 2013

      Hi Jolly, You are right, we can definitely make Vattayappam by grinding soaked rice and grated coconut. I have tried both the methods, but to make it more quick and easy I choose the steps mentioned here. Thank you very much for the suggestion.

  11. posted by Rinta Varghese on August 9, 2013

    Hai Shaan, Thank you so much for your recipe.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on August 9, 2013

      You are welcome Rinta.

  12. posted by Merlin on August 19, 2013

    I tried this recipe too. It was very easy and tasty. Thank you.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on August 20, 2013

      Hi Merlin, Thank you very much for the regular visit and feedback. I was really thrilled to see the list of recipes you tried from here. Thank you.

  13. posted by Sunita Jacob on August 22, 2013

    Hiiii Shaan… the Vattayappam looks yummy and your recipe seems to be easy and definitely I will try it out. But I am skeptical about using Garlic… will small onions suffice instead of Garlic?? And your pita bread recipe looks good. I will definitely try it out… I am impressed the way you have explained the method step by step….. keep it up…

    • posted by Shaan Geo on August 26, 2013

      Hi Sunitha, Thanks a lot for such a nice feedback. Don’t worry about adding garlic in vattayappam, it will enhance the taste. Make sure that you are adding only one clove. I haven’t tried it by adding small onion; please try it and let me know the result :) Once again thank you very much for your nice words of encouragement.

  14. posted by Bismin Sulthana on September 28, 2013

    Hai Shaan, I had tried ur palappam recipe, it came out well. Thanks a lot… but it looks like lite yellow colour! can u tell whatz wrong I had done?

    • posted by Shaan Geo on September 30, 2013

      Hi Bismin, Thanks for finding time to share your feedback. Sorry, I am not able to find out exact reason for the yellow colour, may be because of the rice flower you used or because of the presence of turmeric in the mixer grinder. Next time you try with another brand of rice flower and wash the grinder well before use.

  15. posted by Mary Anson on November 23, 2013

    Hai Shaan, your vattayappam recipe is very nice, tasty and so easy. I tried many more times. It is very tasty. THANK YOU for your recipe.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on November 24, 2013

      Mary, Thanks a lot for such a wonderful feedback. I am very happy that you tried this many times. Hope you will try other recipes too. Have fun in the kitchen :)

  16. posted by Susan on December 13, 2013

    Hi, I was just browsing for a good vattayappam recipe. I saw yours and the reviews look good. I use maggi milk powder and I was wondering how much to use?? I look forward to trying a lot more of your recipes. I absolutely enjoy cooking and experiment with new recipes, especially good old kerala ones. I really want to perfect vattayappam. Thanks again.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on December 17, 2013

      Susan, Thank you very much for such a wonderful feedback. It is pleasure to know that you love cooking and enjoy experimenting new recipes. You can prepare 1½ cup of coconut milk by adding 5 table spoons of coconut milk in 1½ cup of warm water. Please do try other recipes and post your feedback. Have fun in the kitchen :)

  17. posted by Joythi on December 18, 2013

    Tried this today! It came out exactly as shown in the picture! My family loved it and it’s all over in few minutes :) Many many thanks for sharing this recipe and for the neat & clear instructions.. please share more such breakfast recipes suitable for kids.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on December 20, 2013

      Joythi, Thanks a lot for such great feedback. Happy to know that the vattayappam came out well for you and it was a hit at your place. I will try to include more recipes suitable for children. Once again thanks for your kind words of encouragement.

  18. posted by Sherna Riaz on January 17, 2014

    Thank you so much… loved it… may god blesss uuuuu.

    • posted by Shaan Geo on January 18, 2014

      Sherna, Thanks a lot for your words of encouragement :)


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