Kalathappam- Rice Pan Cake With Jaggery- Kerala Traditional Snack


Kalathappam is a Kerala traditional tea time snack recipe, especially in North Malabar. It’s such a simple and easy snack which is prepared using rice flour, jaggery, coconut bits, and shallots either cooked in pressure cooker or in a pan. Traditionally this appam( cake) was cooked in fire hearths with ember and placing a thick clay pot or thick bottom traditional uruli(pan). Kalathappam can be served as a dessert also. It is very famous in Kannur ( a state in Kerala) as tea time snack.

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How to Make Kalathappam- Rice Pan Cake With Jaggery- Kerala Traditional Snack

Wash and soak rice for 5 hours. Drain the soaked rice and grind along with grated coconut, cumin seeds, boiled rice, cardamom and 1/4 cup of water. Do not add more water, the batter should be thick like idli batter.

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Melt jaggery by adding 1/4 cup of water and drain it to avoid impurities and keep it aside.


Add salt, baking powder and jaggery syrup to the rice batter and combine well.

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Heat a frying pan, pour ghee and saute the shallots, coconut bites, rasins and cashews one by one to golden brown color and keep it aside.

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Add half portion of fried coconut pieces, cashews, rasins and shallots to the rice- jaggery batter and mix well . 

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Take a thick bottom sauce pan with ghee and coconut oil, heat it in a low flame. Pour the batter, cover it and allow it to cook.

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After 5 minutes open the lid and spread remaining fried coconut pieces, cashew, rasins, and shallots over the batter. Then cook for another 35 minutes in a very low heat.

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Insert a tooth pick to check whether it is done or not. If the tooth pick comes out clean, its cooked.

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Keep it rest to cool down, after cooling cut into pieces and serve


Enjoy!! Happy Cooking.

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