NEYYAPPAM - Fried Sweet Cakes for Hanukkah- India, Cochin
2 cups water
cup sugar
/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup white wheat flour
1 cup semolina (soojee)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds


1 tablespoon chopped almonds
1 tablespoon chopped cashew nuts
1 tablespoon chopped raisins
2 dates, chopped
2 apricots, chopped
teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon ground cardamom
oil for deep-frying
  1. Mix the water, sugar and salt together in a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and cool until just warm.
  2. Add all the other ingredients except the baking powder, cardamom and oil. Mix well and let stand at room temperature, covered, overnight. The next day stir in the baking powder and cardamom.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet or wok over moderate heat. Take 1 heaping tablespoon of the dough and drop it into the oil. Fry it on all sides for about 4 minutes or until well browned. Remove and drain on paper towels. Continue with the batter until all are fried. Serve warm for breakfast of any other time. Makes 20 Cakes.