Monday, January 10, 2011

Kumbal Appam

This sweet dish is a classic Keralite one prepared with Jackfruit and rice flour. Its prepared in Malabathrum leaves also known as Malobathrum or Malabar leaf.

In ancient Greece and Rome, the leaves were used to prepare a fragrant oil, called Oleum Malabathri, and were therefore valuable. The leaves are mentioned in the 1st century Greek text Periplus Maris Erytraei as one of the major exports of the Malabar coast which is the present Kerala coast. In the language of Kerala that is, Malayalam, the plant is called 'Vazhana'. It is also known as 'Edana' in Malayalam and Tej Patta in Hindi. 

Malabathrum leaves are commonly mistaken for bay leaves, however they are from different families and the appearance and aroma of the two are quite different.

This dish was prepared by my mom and sis with the Malabathrum leaves from my uncle's plantation in Kerala.

Kumbal Appam 
1cup roasted rice flour
2 cups jackfruit pulp
1cup grated coconut
jaggery to taste
salt to taste
3 cardamoms crushed
1/2 tsp cumin powder
Malabathrum leaves

  • Wash the leaves well and pat dry.
  • Mix all the ingredients to get a pulpy mixture.
  • Twist the leaf into a cone shape and spoon some mixture into it and fill. Twist the leaf to seal. Repeat and fill up all the leaves.
  • Steam the appams.

  • Serve hot, roll open the leaf and enjoy!

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  1. Interesting! I've never tried this. It looks sweet.

  2. I want to try this! Very interesting and new to me.

  3. I've never heard of this before but it looks so delicious!

  4. Looks very tasty, and portable in the leaf!

  5. Sounds like a very unique specialty I would love to try!

  6. This looks interesting. Looks something like our rice dumpling.

  7. Always posting extra special dishes.
    Wishing you a lovely New Year ♥

  8. Did you just mention about jackfruit & rice flour? Oh boy, this must smell wonderrful. Too bad, I'm allergic to jackfruit. *sigh* Now, I'm like "can see but cannot touch"! haha.... Have a great day.
    Cheers, Kristy

  9. I am drooling right now. I can literally smell the aroma of those leaves through my laptop and I am feeling nostalgic. Next time when I visit I am definitely going to try these.

  10. I've never seen a jackfruit and wish I could. It looks like an amazing dessert. Thanks for sharing.

  11. My grand aunt had made this for us when we were visiting her in Mangalore but she had used saffron leaves ... i always wanted to know how this is made ... i love this appam ... thanks for sharing!



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