Monday, August 5, 2013

Kinnathappam - Traditional Steamed Sweet Cake

Kinnathappam is a very popular traditional steamed sweet cake made of rice and jaggery.The recipe I got from my mom-in-law. She used to make it in Ramzan season . The ingredients and the taste differ from region to region. Here I use the ground white rice  sweetened  with jaggery and spiced up with cardamom powder and fennel powder...But in most of my searches I found that cumin powder is used for flavouring this kinnathappam...But with fennel powder also it tastes very delicious .......

This is my second trial..But this time also my 'H' did not admit that the taste is as best as his mom's......    

Every wife has a day.right????????

Ingredients :
  1. Raw rice/White Rice : 1 cup
  2. Jaggery : 3 cubes(medium size)
  3. Cardamom Powder : 1 tsp
  4. Egg : 1
  5. Fennel seeds : 3/4 tsp
  6. Shallots : 2-3
  7. Coconut grated : 1/2 cup
  8. Cashew nuts (few) for garnishing

Method :

  • Soak rice in water overnight .
  • Melt the jaggery cubes in half cup of water and allow to cool.
  • Grind the soaked rice with grated coconut,fennel seeds, shallots and the beaten eggs well
  • After grinding,add cardamom powder and melted jaggery and mix together.The batter consistency is like dosa batter.....(neither too thick nor too watery)
  • Grease a steal plate(kinnam) with ghee..
  • Pour the batter into it,place it in a steamer and steam cook for 15-20 minutes, until a fork inserted into it comes out clean.
  • After cooling cut into the desired shapes..



  1. Kinnathappam ...oru kashnam ingottu ayekotte.
    Pinee every wife has a day veshamikade !!

  2. This is new...njangalde bhaagathu kinnathappam is just eggs, jaggery n cardamom steamed, vereonumilla... ethu try cheythu nokkanam...

    1. ithinu oru padu versions und.....rafee............

  3. Haha, no worries, ur day wil come.. U have done it so perfectly dear :)

  4. I'm not familiar with Kinnathappam until your post. Sounds like something I would really enjoy. Love how simple it is to prepare too.

  5. Shahina,Eid Mubarak.
    Perunnalinde therakil ayirikum alle. Have fun.

  6. Looks wonderful,love this version so much,wish I could have some right away,perfect tea time snack

    1. Thank you Suja...Really honoured wt ur visit in my space

  7. thiz one z different...heard abt kinnathapom..nevr tried n taste