Achappam has been my childhood favorite Kerela delicacy. I have grown up between people from south India. Was lucky enough to have Malyalee neighbours where ever my family shifted. This is how i started getting goodies from them and developed a strong love towards these amazing delicacies. Achappams are those typical rose shaped fried cookies made particularly during Christmas in Kerela Christian homes.
The mild sweetness of the cookies make it more enjoyable. Best part of the cookies is that as they are deep fried, they can be stored in air tight jars for months and consumed happily. To add flavors to it many people use cumin seeds, fennel seeds or even sesame seeds. That totally depends on personal choice. I added fennel to the cookies as my family loves the particular fennel flavor. The achappams are made by using a typical rose shaped iron or steel mold know as ‘Achu’. The name achappam is actually a collaboration of two words. ‘Achu’ meaning mold and ‘Appam’ meaning bread. The ingredients are handy but the preparation needs actual skills. After many failed attempts, i finally managed to make these perfect achapams.. so without a delay let us proceed to see the tried and tested method of making this amazing Christmas goodie.