Paniyaram Recipe

Kuzhi Paniyaram Recipe – a delicious south Indian snack made with leftover idli/dosa batter served with chutney. There are different names in different languages e.g. appe, puddu, ponganalu. But the recipe will be almost similar.

Paniyaram served in a plate with peanut chutney in the back.

There are many variation in making paniyaram. We can make savory, sweet or just plain. The plain version tastes almost same as idli with crispy texture around the sides. Today we are making savory, spiced version which has onion, coconut, green chilies etc in it for more flavors.

To make these, you need special pan for this and it is called paniyaram chatti or pan. It is easily available in India. But if you are in USA, you may find something similar called Aebleskiver pan which I am using here. Those are available as non stick and cast iron both. If using cast iron one then you need to pre-season it well ahead of time before using for the first time.

These kuzhi paniyaram are made with leftover idli batter. Usually we store leftover batter in the fridge. So before making these, make sure you have taken out the batter from the fridge ahead of time and brought to room temperature. If made with cold batter then they will cook unevenly or may stay raw from center.

Step By Step Photo Instructions:

1) Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds and let them pop.

2) Then add urad dal and saute till they turn light brown in color.

Collage of 2 images showing tempering of mustard seeds and urad dal.

3) Now add ginger paste, green chilies and curry leaves.

4) Saute for 40-50 seconds or till the raw smell of ginger goes away.

Collage of 2 images showing adding and frying ginger paste and curry leaves.

5) Now add onions and sprinkle little salt.

6) Mix and cook till onions get soft and translucent.

Collage of 2 images showing adding and cooking onion.

7) Now add coconut.

8) Mix and cook for 2-3 minutes only. Then turn off the stove. Let the mixture cool down slightly.

Collage of 2 images showing adding and mixing coconut.

9) Take the idli batter in a bowl. If using leftover and stored in refrigerator then make sure that it is at room temperature. You may need to remove it from the fridge ahead of time.

10) Add the onion coconut mixture to the batter.

Collage of 2 images showing batter in a bowl and adding cooked onion mixture.

11) Mix well.

12) Heat the paniyaram chatti on medium heat. Add a teaspoon of oil in each slot.

Collage of 2 images showing ready batter and heating paniyaram pan.

13) Once hot add batter to it.

14) Cover it cook till the bottom is cooked and golden brown in color. It takes around 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat.

Collage of 2 images showing adding batter in the section and covered with a lid.

15) Now using wooden skewers or chopsticks, flip them one by one.

16) Let the other side cook similarly.

Collage of 2 images showing flipping paniyaram and flipped all.

Once done remove it to a plate and serve hot/warm.

Serving suggestion: Serve kuzhi paniyaram with chutney (e.g. tomato chutney, peanut chutney, coconut chutney)

Paniyaram served in a plate.

Did you try this kuzi paniyaram recipe? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a review in the comment section below.

Paniyaram Recipe

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Paniyaram Recipe (How to make Kuzhi Paniyaram w/ Leftover Idli Batter)
Kuzhi Paniyaram Recipe – a delicious south Indian snack made with leftover idli/dosa batter served with chutney.
Kanan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serving Size 20 no.

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Idli/Dosa batter
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Urad dal (split, skinless black gram)
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 2 Green chilies, finely chopped
  • 10-12 Curry leaves
  • 1 medium or ¾ cup Red onion, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Coconut, (fresh or frozen)
  • 3-4 tablespoons Oil, for cooking paniyaram

Instructions

  • Take out the idli/dosa batter from the fridge and let it come to room temperature.
  • Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot add mustard seeds, once they pop add urad dal and saute till they turn light brown in color.
  • Now saute ginger paste, green chili and curry leaves for 30-40 seconds or till the raw smell of ginger goes away.
  • Now add onion and salt, cook till they are soft and translucent.
  • Now mix in coconut and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the stove and let the mixture cool down slightly.
  • Then add to idli/dosa batter and mix.
  • Heat the paniyaram pan on medium-low heat. Add around a teaspoon of oil in each mould.
  • Once hot add batter into each mould, cover it and cook for 2-3 minutes or till the bottom is golden brown in color.
  • Using wooden skewers or chopsticks, flip them and cook another side for few minutes uncovered.
  • Once done remove it to a plate and serve with chutney.

Nutrition

Serving: 5pieces | Calories: 218kcal (11%) | Carbohydrates: 18g (6%) | Protein: 2.8g (6%) | Fat: 15.3g (24%) | Saturated Fat: 2.9g (15%) | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 160mg (7%) | Potassium: 112mg (3%) | Fiber: 2.8g (11%) | Sugar: 1.4g (2%) | Calcium: 10mg (1%) | Iron: 1.8mg (10%)

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2 Comments

  1. Kuzi Paniyaram dish in kannada (one of the south indian language)is called as PADDU OR GUNDPANGLU, Batter is slightly different from Idli batter. If Idli batter is used then Idli aroma will come, Paddu is having distinct aroma.

    Paddu can be prepared in 2 variations, one is without adding masala (Onion, ginger, curry leaves, Green chilly etc.,) another variant is with masala. normally if paddu batter is over fermented then masal is used to overcome sour taste.