Unniappam refer to a sweet and fluffy fried rice flour fritters from Kerala. It is a popular sweet snacks from Kerala, India which is made from a mixture (batter) of rice flour, ghee (clarified butter), molasses (jaggery ) and mashed ripe plantains/bananas. It is fried by pouring the batter in the traditional cast iron mould called Appa Karal or Appakaram. They are usually used as an offering for temples in Kerala.
Unniyappam is one of the popular snacks in India, particularly in Kerala during some festivals like Onam, Eid, Christmas, and many more festivities. . They can also be eaten during teatime snacks/tea snacks or Nalumani Palaharam, a Malayalam term for a kind of snack served at 4:00 in afternoon where tea is usually served.
In Malayalam, Unni means "small" and Appam refers to "small rice cake".
Unniappam is also spelled Unniyappam.
Malayalam is the language spoken mainly in the southern Indian state of Kerala by about 38 million people.