Chettinad Kuzhi Paniyaram

Chettinad Kuzhi Paniyaram Recipe
  • Snacks
  • Servings
  • 3Spicy
  • 20 minutesCook Time
  • Cuisine : South Indian
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Chettinad Kuzhi Paniyaram is a very tasty snack made throughout South India. Its other names are appe in Konkani, paddu in Kannada, ponganalu in Telugu. Paniyaram has a sweet variation which is also known inippu paniyaram or unniappam in Malayalam.


For Batter

  • Use 2 cups of Idli/dosa batter to make paniyarams or make this batter the traditional way.
  • Parboiled Rice/Idli Rice - 1/2 cup
  • Raw Rice (or Rice flakes) - 1/2 cup
  • Urad dal - 1/4 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste


For Seasoning

  • Onions - 2 or 15 shallots (chopped)
  • Green Chilies - 4 (chopped)
  • Curry Leaves -1 string (chopped)
  • Grated Coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Urad Dal-1 tbsp
  • Chana Dal -1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds-1 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp



Step By Step Method

  • For Making Batter

    1. If you do not want to make a separate batter for making paniyarams, you can use idli/dosa batter too.
    2. Wash and soak the rice together and the urad dal with the fenugreek seeds in a separate bowl for about 4 hours.
    3. Grind it to a smooth paste. Mix salt.
    4. Ferment the batter for about 10 hours (or overnight) till the batter doubles in volume. Now the batter is ready to make paniyarams. You can store it in the refrigerator and make it later too.


    For Making Paniyarams

    1. Add oil to the kadai and temper the mustard seeds, chana dal and urad dal.
    2. Add the chopped onions, green chilies and curry leaves. Sauté for just couple of minutes till it becomes transparent. You can make it healthier by adding grated vegetables to the paniyaram. In case you decide to add, you can stir it along with this.
    3. Add the seasoned mixture and grated coconut to the batter and mix well.
    4. Heat the Prestige Paniyaram cookware. Drizzle few drops (about 1/2 tsp) of oil in each mould.
    5. Pour a spoonful of the batter, let it cook for just a minute. Using a wooden stick that comes with it or with a fork, gently flip each paniyaram so that it will cook on the other side. It will automatically form a ball shape. You can cover with a lid to ensure faster cooking.
    6. Cook till both sides are cooked and small brown spots appear. Cooking on medium-low flame gives the best results. Tasty kuzhi paniyaram is ready to be served.


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