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.
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
|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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