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Help me create an Indian dessert-banana bread recipe!

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Hey everyone,
I just tasted, for the first time, an Indian dessert from Kerala called "unniyappam." They're basically mini rice flour cakes, with banana, coconut, cardamom, etc., and then appear to be fried, so they have a rather oily texture. They're delicious. Here's a link that describes them well: http://panchamrutham.blogspot.com/201...

Anyhow, I'm wondering if I could make something that would taste like this, but without the special molds and all the frying. I thought of a banana bread. The obvious, I guess, would be to just make banana bread with coconut and cardamom and brown sugar (instead of the jaggery) but I'd like to get a bit more of the actual flavor of these -- is it at all possible to do a banana bread with rice flour??? Does anyone know how I could substitute for that? Also, would I need more oil if I were to bake with rice flour? Could I use some coconut oil in there, or is that a horrible idea?

I know I'll have to experiment a lot with this, but I'd love some advice before I start out, so I can avoid the "obvious" mistakes.

Thanks!

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  1. I've seen a lot (like hundreds) of rice flour banana bread recipes on various sites that discuss gluten free baking. A google search for "rice flour banana bread" will get you started.