Made with one of our favorite seasonal fruits, Chakka Appam has the goodness of ripe jackfruit, jaggery, and coconut. A must have on your visit to Kerala, for sure.
When the whole country awaits mangoes in summer, we, Malayalees relish our jackfruits! Yes, some varieties of jackfruits even beat the sweetness of honey. I am glad that I came home this month for I’m getting to devour all these yummilicious fruits.
There are so many different varieties of dishes, including savory and sweet, that we make out of jackfruit. When compared to Kethal ki Sabji from the Northern parts of the country, these are too good to be true. Yes, I am biased that way for I know how delicious the food made from jackfruit can be.
Just like Banana Fritters, Chakka Appam is one of the popular tea-time snacks in Kerala. Made with ripe jackfruit, jaggery, grated coconut, and rice flour, these steamed jackfruit cakes are definitely a delicacy that should be relished on your trip to Kerala in summers.
Chakka Appam itself can be made in different ways. You first make a dough out of pureed ripe jackfruit, jaggery, grated coconut, and rice flour. A small portion of this dough is kept on a piece of banana leaf and flattened with the palm of your hand and is wrapped and steamed. Instead of banana leaf, you can also use the Indian Bay Leaf or Vazhanayila (in Malayalam). I tried my best to get hold of a few leaves but couldn’t manage yet (I guess, I will get it tomorrow; if so, I shall click more pics and upload the Vazhanayila Chakka Appam too).
Also known as Kumbilappam, if you choose to make this in bay leaves, it shall infuse the richness of bay leaves as well to the appam.
Recipe for Chakka Appam:
That’s all for now!
Have you tried Chakka Appam?
I hope you’ll drop by tomorrow too.
My theme for the A to Z Challenge this year is ’26 Kerala Dishes that have my heart’, where I would share a multitude of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes from the Spice Capital of the World- Kerala!
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