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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Kuzhi Paniyaram-Masala Paniyaram Recipe

Are you bored of idli and dosa? Then try kuzhi paniyaram for a change.This is loved by both kids and adults equally. You can prepare this paniyaram with the regular idli or dosa batter. You can have this as a tea time snack, can pack this in your kids snack box and with tomato chutney this dish even makes a light breakfast or dinner. It can be prepared in a jiffy, if you have idly batter and paniyaram pan with you. Now a days you get non stick paniyaram pans which does not requires much oil, so it is worth investing in it. Today we will learn how to make Kuzhi paniyaram (spicy version) following this easy recipe.

Kuzhi Paniyaram-Kara Paniyaram

Kuzhi Paniyaram-Masala-Paniyaram

Kuzhi Paniyaram-Masala-Paniyaram

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 1-2
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Idli Batter - 2 cups

   For the seasoning

   Oil -3 tsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Bengal gram dal (kadalai paruppu) - 1 tbsp
   Urad dal -2 tsp
   Whole black pepper - 1 tsp
   Onion - 1
   Green chilli -1-2 finely chopped
   Ginger -1 inch piece - finely chopped
   Curry leaves - few tender ones
   Salt to taste

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Grated carrot - 2-3 tbsp (optional)

   Paniyaram pan

How to make paniyaram
Paniyaram pan

Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add bengal gram dal, urad dal and whole black peppercorns. When dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped onions, ginger, green chilli and curry leaves.

Saute until onions turn pink. Add needed salt. Let it cool a little.

Now mix the above with the idly batter. Add finely chopped coriander leaves and grated carrot (optional). Our paniyaram batter is ready now.

Heat a paniyaram pan, add 1/2 tsp of oil in each hole and pour a tbsp of batter in each hole.(see picture above)

Keep the heat on low heat and close the pan. Once the edges turn golden brown, flip over the paniyaram to the other side using a stainless steel rod or spoon.

Cook the other side also until golden brown. Remove from pan using a paniyaram stainless steel rod or spoon and serve hot with tomato chutney or kara chutney or sambar.

Note - You can add other vegetables like capsicum, corn or grated beetroot. It will be more healthy and colorful.

Best Side dish for paniyaram 


Tomato chutney 

Tomato chutney with garlic

Instant tomato chutney

Coconut chutney 

Onion tomato chutney

Khara Paniyaram recipe
Paniyaram with sambar and onion chutney (with greens)

You can add grated carrot, grated beetroot or grated cabbage to the batter to make it more nutritious.

Using of pearl onions/ baby onions gives a nice taste.

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  1. today's evening snack for kids...Thanks dear..

  2. Paniyaram looks super delicious and the presentation is lovely..:)

  3. wow..this is a must try recipe...I have paniyaram chatti but have never used it...should take a first step to try...

  4. Delicious, this looks so inviting!

  5. oh my god, i just had this today and was craving for the recipe, you are a GOD send!

  6. Super. Another reason to buy the nayyi aapam kadai.

  7. Wow...i simply love this so much....looks so yummmmyyyyyyyyyyyy.....

  8. Drooling here, my all time favourite paniyaram.

  9. Simple recipe for a tasty dish...Nice fotos too...

  10. Can we make Paniyarams with dosa batter? And if so, do we need to add sooji to make it a bit think?

  11. Archana - You cannot do it in dosa batter if it is watery.Idly batter is best for paniyarams

  12. we all love this in our home and ur presentation is so nice feels for me to eat it!!!!!

  13. Today i made paniyaram it tasted well. But i faced problem in turning it, it was sticking in the pan mine is an ordinary one not non-stick. And it was very crispy any idea why ?

  14. Dear Padhu, I'm going to try this dish tomorrow morning... I hope it will turn out well...

  15. i add egg to it, gives a unique taste.

  16. Made these with evening tea..whole family enjoyed..we finished it in minutes..thank you for a great and easy recipe..

  17. Thanks for sharing this recipe !!Can we use the appam stand for this as well?

    1. You have to use only paniyaram pan or you can deep fry the traditional method as I have done for my sweet appam

  18. I usually prepare this on saturday mornings with left over dosa batter. I add a little ragi flour, vegetables like tomato, capsicum and carrots. I also add Hing and ginger. It is very healthy and very very tasty

  19. just made it for my daughter's lunch and presented them as wheels on tiny toothpicks! thanks padhu! hope it clicks and box comes home empty:)

  20. We just prepared our new pan...yummy yummy...

  21. Tried this and it came out really well. Everybody loved the crispy paniyaram..

  22. Hi Padhu, Do we fill the depressions in the vessel all the way to the top or 3/4 way up so that if they puff up it wont overflow?

    1. You can fill the cavity fully as you see in the picture. It will raise.


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