Kuzhi Paniyaram is an amazing South Indian breakfast dish, with tons of flavor and taste. Kuli Paniyaram is referred as Gunta Ponganalu or Paddu in Telugu. It is also one of the famous dish in Chettinad Cuisine.
How to make Kuzhi Paniyaram or Vellai (white) Paniyaram:
Kuzhi Paniyaram Batter is made with sour idli dosa batter mixed with onions and green chilies. This is then cooked using a cast iron Paniyaram pan. This pan is known as Appe pan in the west.
While pouring the batter to the Paniyaram pan, always fill the Paniyaram pan molds 3/4 full. Then cover Paniyaram pan with a lid and cook on a medium flame.
This helps you to get nice soft and evenly cooked Paniyarams, that is crunchy on the outside and spongy in the inside.
Kuzhi Paniyaram Batter:
Kuzhi Paniyarm Batter has to be in right consistency to make a perfect Paniyaram. The Batter is nothing but a sour idli dosa batter, which is nothing but a leftover idli batter that is kept for more than a day.
If you would like to know how to make idli dosa batter, check out this recipe for making Idli Dosa batter.
The Paniyaram batter should not be too thick or too thin, it should be in a right consistency. So when adding water make sure you add little by little till you get a sauce kind of texture. Add onions and green chilies to enhance the Paniyaram flavor.
Then add onions and green chilies to make it more delicious.
Leftover Idli batter
At my home, whenever I make idli dosa batter, the first day of fermentation, I make idlis. Next day is Dosa and third day the batter would become sour, and perfect for making Kuzhi Paniyaram.
Paniyaram Pan also known as Appe pan. Along with Batter having the right pan will make all the difference.
Make sure you use the cast iron Paniyaram pan also called Paniyarakkal, this will help the Paniyaram to cook evenly without darkening at once side. The other version is a non-stick Paniyaram Pan.
If you are interested, this pan is available on Amazon. Check it out.
Using this pan, you could make sweet Banana Paniyaram too. This is a sweet Paniyaram made with Banana. It is a quick recipe comes handy when you have some over ripped bananas and about to throw them away.
Another healthy version is Oats Paniyaram; this is an instant Paniyaram recipe.
All these are great recipes, which you should try at least once.
Kuzhi Paniyaram is an amazing South Indian breakfast dish, with tons of flavor and taste. Kuzhi paniyaram also known as gunta ponganalu or paddu.
- 1 cup RICE WHITE LONG-GRAIN
- 0.25 cup URAD DAL
- 0.5 tsp FENUGREEK SEED
- 2 cup ONIONS RAW
- 4 tbsp OIL
- 2 no GREEN CHILIES
- 0.5 tsp MUSTARD SEEDS
- 1 tsp URAD DAL
- 0.25 tsp HING OR ASAFOETIDA
Chop the onion and green chilies finely.
In a pan, heat oil add the mustard seeds and wait until it gets splutter. Add the urad dal and saute until it becomes golden brown. Add the asafoetida and mix well in the oil.
Add the chopped onion, green chilies and cook until onion becomes soft.
In a bowl add cooked onion mixture, sour idli dosa batter, salt and mix well.
Heat a drop of oil into each mold in Paniyaram pan and pour a spoonful batter into each mold up to 3/4 full. Cover and cook until the bottom side of the Ppaniyaram gets cooked, turn and cook on the other side until it gets cooked and color changes to golden brown.
Serve your Paniyaram:
Although the Paniyarams can be consumed as it is, because of the flavor and ingredients in it.