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Yereyappa | Yere Appa | Fried Appam | Navarathri Recipes

Yereyappa – a traditional navarathri recipe :

Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Durga. The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights  nine forms of Devi are worshipped. 10th day it is Vijaya Dashami, celebrating the victory of good over evil.Everyday has its own significance.

For these nine days in Navrathri it is customary to prepare sweet each day. Yereyappa or fried appam is a very traditional sweet which is prepared for Saraswathi Pooja / sharade habba day during the Navaratri festival. It is deep fried sweet dish. You can enhance the taste by adding mashed banana tot he dough/batter.

Want to know more festival recipes check out our festival recipes:


Ingredients for yereyappa:

  • 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.


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