Saturday, June 16, 2018

Ragi Kuzhi Paniyaram-Finger Millet Sweet and Kara Paniyaram Recipe

Ragi paniyaram (both sweet and savory) makes a light breakfast and also a healthy snack. Today I am going to share with you both savory and sweet ragi paniyaram with whole finger millets. You can use even sprouted ragi for this recipe. I adapted the recipe from here and loved it very much that it became a regular feature in my kitchen. The paniyarams turn out soft every time without adding any baking soda or cooking soda. The leftover paniyaram batter can be used to make thick dosas also. The savory paniyaram tastes delicious with tomato chutney or kara chutney or mint chutney. The sweet ones can be had as such. Learn how to make delicious and healthy ragi paniyaram with this easy recipe today.

Ragi Kuzhi Paniyaram-Ragi paniyarams

Finger Millet/Ragi - Sweet and Kara Paniyaram

Finger Millet/Ragi - Sweet and Kara Paniyaram

 Prep Time : 30 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : 10 mins 
 Serves: 3-4
 Recipe CategorySnacks-Breakfast
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   For Paniyaram Batter

   Finger Millet - 1 cup
   Raw Rice - 3/4 cup
   Idli Rice - 3/4 cup
   Urad dal - 1/4 cup
   Salt to taste

   For Kara/Spicy Paniyaram

   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Bengal gram/kadalai paruppu - 2 tbsp
   Urad dal - 2 tbsp
   Whole black peppercorns - 1 tsp
   Salt to taste

   Shallots/pearl onions - 15
   Green Chilli - 1-2
   Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
   Coriander Leaves - 2-3 tbsp finely chopped
   Tender Curry leaves - a sprig

   Oil for frying paniyarams

   Sweet Paniyaram

   Paniyaram Batter - 1 cup
   Jaggery - 1/2 cup
   Coconut - 1/4 cup
   Cardamom - a generous pinch

   Ghee for frying paniyarams


Wash and soak raw rice, finger millet, idli rice, urad dal together for 3-4 hours.

Grind it to a smooth paste adding water gradually. The consistency of the batter should be that of idli batter. So do not add too much water.

Add little salt to the batter, mix well and ferment. As we are going to use the same batter for making both savory and sweet paniyarams, add less salt and leave it to ferment for 5 hours.

Now the batter is ready.

For making Savory/ salted paniyarams

Take needed batter, add salt to it and mix well.


Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it sizzles, add bengal gram, urad dal and whole black pepper corns. You can also add broken cashew nuts if preferred.

how to make ragi paniyaram

When dal turns golden brown, add finely chopped pearl onions, finely chopped ginger and green chillies and curry leaves.

When onion turns transparent, add finely chopped coriander leaves, salt needed and remove from heat.

Mix it with the batter.

Ragi Kara Paniyaram

Heat paniyaram pan, add 1/2 tsp oil inside the cavities/holes.

finger millet kara paniyaram

Fill the holes with the batter. Cook covered on low heat.

ragi paniyaram recipe-ragi appe

Once you find the corners lifting up, flip it over to the other side with a spoon or paniyaram stick.

ragi appe recipe

Cook on low heat uncovered until done. Simply take a toothpick/paniyaram stick and insert it into the center of the paniyaram, if it comes out clean, it is done.

Serve paniyaram hot with any chutney of your choice.

ragi kuzhi paniyaram

How to make sweet paniyaram

I kept aside 1 cup of the batter to make sweet paniyarams. 1 cup of batter yields approximately  7 paniyarams.

ragi sweet paniyaram


Heat 2-3 tbsp of water, add jaggery (add a little more jaggery than mentioned if you want it very sweet) to it and dissolve it. Stain to remove any impurities in the jaggery.

Heat the jaggery again, when it starts to bubble, add grated coconut, cardamom powder and remove from heat.

finger millet sweet paniyaram

Mix it well and add to the paniyaram batter. Mix the batter well.

ragi sweet appam

Heat paniyaram pan, add 1/2 tsp of ghee in each of the holes.

Fill in all the cavities/holes with the sweet paniyaram batter.

ragi appe-finger millet sweet appe

Cook covered on low heat. When the corners starts to lift up, flip it over to the other side and cook uncovered until done. Enjoy warm sweet paniyarams as such.

how to make sweet paniyaram

Paniyarams make a healthy after school snack for kids. If you are searching for more healthy snacks like these, then check healthy snacks for kids.  If you love paniyarams, find more paniyaram recipes below -

Sweet Paniyaram 

Kuzhi Paniyaram 

Millet Kara Paniyaram 

Egg Paniyaram 

Instant Wheat flour paniyaram 

Sweet Appam 

Unniappam (Kerala recipes)

Rava Kara Kuzhi Paniyaram  (sooji)

If you have paniyaram pan, you can also make guilt free snack like vada, bonda etc.

South Indian Thayir Vadai 

Beetroot Kola Urundai

Lauki Kofta 

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  1. Thanks Padhu for giving such a wonderful recepie.always your well researched recepie come in handy.going to try this with my grand daughters.thanks once again for a bhealthy recepie.

  2. As I cannot get whole ragi in Indian stores near my area (I am staying in US), will it be good if I use ragi flour instead? If so, please explain how to do that?
    Also, did u grind the batter in grinder or mixie?


    1. Can you please reply to my above doubts?

    2. I ground the batter in wet grinder. I will share soon a different ragi paniyaram recipe using ragi flour.


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