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easy kuzhi paniyaram recipe

kuzhi paniyaram recipe with step by step pictures – soft and delicious paniyarams made with idli batter

Paniyarams are shallow-fried dumplings made with fermented rice and black lentil batter. Some communities also add sabudana/sago pearls to the paniyaram batter. This specific version of paniyaram recipe is not exactly the traditional one. Nevertheless, it’s incredibly good. It is made using the leftover idli batter. The idli batter I make has boiled rice and skinned urad dal in the ratio of 3:1. This is by far the best idli batter that yields softest idlis and very spongy paniyarams. Paniyarams is a healthy breakfast snack and a perfect South Indian tiffin recipe. This one is the savory kuzhi paniyaram recipe with step by step pictures. They are soft and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

serving suggestions for kuzhi paniyaram recipe

Kuzhi paniyarams have simple and delicate flavors of asafoetida, fresh coconut and curry leaves. The onion bits and chana dal lend a very interesting texture to the paniyarams. Chutneys are ideal kuzhi paniyaram side dish. You can pair them with onion-tomato chutney, coriander chutney or white coconut-sesame chutney. They taste best when served hot. But their taste doesn’t change even after several hours, which makes them perfect for your kid’s lunch box. If you have leftover idli batter and don’t wish to make any idlis, making kuzhi paniyarams in a great way to use it. In Maharashtra, paniyarams are also called appam or appe.

the paniyaram chatti or paniyaram pan for making paniyaram recipe

Paniyarams are made in kuzhi paniyaram pan, also known as paniyaram chatti or appam patra. It has round cavities into which you pour the paniyaram batter. You can easily find a high-quality, non-stick paniyaram pan online between the price range of INR 500-INR 2000. It depends on what brand you buy and the number of cavities. The one with 7 cavities works great if you have a stove with a small burner. The 12-cavity pan yields good paniyarams if it is used on a larger burner. There are cast iron appe pans available as well, but you would need to use plenty of oil for roasting the paniyarams. Now let’s begin with the kuzhi paniyaram recipe with step by step photos.

how to make kuzhi paniyaram

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Kuzhi Paniyarams- savory dumplings made with idli batter consisting of rice and skinned urad dal.
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Recipe type: snack
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Serves: 15
Ingredients
For Preparing the Masala
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
  • Chana dal/Split bengal gram – 2 tsp
  • Onion – 1 large, finely chopped
  • Green chilies – 3 or to taste, finely chopped
  • Curry leaves – 20, chopped
  • Fresh coconut – ½ cup, scraped
  • Coriander leaves – 4 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
Other Ingredients
  • Idli batter – 2 and ½ cups (Recipe here)
  • Oil – as needed, to cook the paniyarams
Instructions
  1. To make the masala, heat oil in a pan or skillet and add the mustard seeds. Let it splutter and add the asafoetida.
  2. Add the chana dal and sauté it on low flame till it turns golden.
  3. Add the onions. Sauté them till they turn pink.
  4. Add curry leaves and green chilies and sauté them till they give out a nice fragrance.
  5. Turn off the heat. Add the fresh coconut. Season the mixture with some salt. Mix well. Allow it to cool.
  6. Take idli batter in a bowl.Combine it with the masala mixture, and chopped coriander leaves. Adjust the salt at this stage.
  7. Add some sugar. Mix well. Kuzhi Paniyaram batter recipe is ready.
  8. Heat the paniyarampan. Add ¼tsp oil in each cavity.
  9. Add a tablespoonful of batter in each cavity, or more if need be. Let the paniyarams cook on medium heat till they get golden on the underside but are still unset on the top.
  10. Carefully flip the paniyarams using a knife and a spoon.
  11. Allow them to cook and get a golden color on the other side too.
  12. Take them out of the paniyaram pan onto a plate.
  13. Paniyaram recipe is ready. Serve hot with your favorite chutney. Enjoy!

kuzhi paniyaram recipe with step by step pictures below


Step 1

Prepare the ingredients for the recipe

ingredients for kuzhi paiyaram recipe


Step 2

To make the masala, heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan or skillet and add 1 tsp mustard seeds. Let it splutter and add 1/4 tsp asafoetida.

adding the tempering mix to hot oil


Step 3

Add 2 tsp chana dal and sauté it on low flame till it turns golden.

tempering for paniyaram recipe - chana dal added to oil and fried till it gets golden color


Step 4

Add 1 large finely, chopped onion. Sauté till it turns pink.

saute onion in oil till it turns pinkish in color


Step 5

Add 20 curry leaves and 3 green chilies, both finely chopped. Sauté them till they give out a nice fragrance.

curry leaves and green chiili added for making kuli paniayaram


Step 6

Turn off the heat. Add 1/2 cup scraped fresh coconut. Season the mixture with some salt. Mix well. Allow it to cool.

add coconut


Step 7

Take 2 and 1/2 cups idli batter in a bowl.Combine it with the masala mixture, and 4 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves. Adjust the salt at this stage.

adding masala mixture to idli batter


Step 8

Add 1 tsp sugar. Mix well. Kuzhi Paniyaram batter recipe is ready.

kuzhi paniyaram batter


Step 9

Heat the paniyaram pan. Add 1/4 tsp oil in each cavity.

heating paniyaram pan and adding some oil to the cavities


Step 10

Add a tablespoonful of batter in each cavity, or more if need be. Let the paniyarams cook on medium heat till they get golden on the underside but are still unset on the top.

adding batter to the paniyaram pan


Step 11

Carefully flip the paniyarams using a knife and a spoon.

paniyaram recipe


Step 12

Allow them to cook and get a golden color on the other side too.

paniyarams cooked on both sides


Step 13

Paniyaram recipe is ready. Serve hot with your favorite chutney. Enjoy!

kuzhi paniyaram recipe

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    PRABHAT S K
    March 25, 2017 at 10:05 am

    great recipes sis.. Will be watching this space for more!! Especially south ones.. :-). And, oh yes, I did not find any links to subscribe for e-letters to this site. It would be good if you could provide one.

    • Reply
      Monica
      April 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks. We are working on it.

  • Reply
    shraddha abhyankar
    April 15, 2017 at 7:40 am

    a new recipe of appam for me, we dont use fried chana dal, but i would definitely love to try it

    • Reply
      Monica
      April 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Please do. And let me know how you like it. 🙂

  • Reply
    kruthi N
    April 15, 2017 at 7:43 am

    i am not a pro but i have never seen such excellent texture and fermentation batter in any appam recipe so far, bet it tastes awesome….. keep cooking!

  • Reply
    Bharati Chivate
    August 12, 2017 at 3:41 am

    perfectly round n crisp.. paniyarams look so perfect.. i love to have them with sambar sometimes, just like how we dunk idlis in the sambar..

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    Chinmayi Kulkarni
    August 15, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    in pune we call it appe.. my all tym favrite

  • Reply
    namrata pathak
    August 29, 2017 at 9:24 am

    my family couldnt stop eating this, i had to make 6 batches… i followed the recipe as it is and the results were just amazing…

    • Reply
      Monica
      August 30, 2017 at 5:42 am

      Thank you Namrata. I am glad your family loved the paniyarams.

  • Reply
    Anisha Singh
    February 7, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    yum yum..my favrite

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 7, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks Anisha, Do try this recipe. I am sure you will like it. 🙂

  • Reply
    sarita khanna
    May 23, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    fluffy and crispy, nice combination of textures. i love your recipes..they are so easy to follow and loved by everyone in my home.

  • Reply
    vijaya l
    June 23, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    perfect paniyarams..very crisp and soft as well..

    • Reply
      Monica
      June 24, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks Vijaya

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