Yereyappa / Fried Appam

Yereyappa or fried appam is a very traditional sweet which is prepared for Saraswathi Pooja, during the Navaratri festival.


  • ½ cup rice
  • 2 TBSP Thick Avalakki / Poha
  • ¼ cup fresh / frozen coconut
  • 4 cardamom
  • 3 to 4 TBSP jaggery powder
  • 1 to 2 TBSP water
  • Oil to fry (around 1½ cup)

Yields 10 yereyappas.


  1. Wash and soak the rice and avalakki (poha) in 1½ cup water, for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Drain the water and grind all the ingredients in a mixer to a fine paste. Add water to get the required consistency. It should be similar to an idli batter (thick and runny).
  3. Now heat the oil in a pan.
  4. Once it is hot enough, add spoonful of batter to it. (Put 3 to 4 spoons at once)
  5. Fry until it turns golden brown, and remove it. Place it onto a paper towel, in order to drain any extra oil.
  6. Repeat the same procedure for the remaining batter.

Variation: While grinding add a small banana, It gives a different taste to Yereyappa.