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paniyaram recipe with step by step photos. kuzhi paniyaram are dumplings made from rice & urad dal batter or idli batter. a special pan is used to make paniyaram and its called as paniyaram chatti or appe pan. this special cookware has moulds in it and is similar to the æbleskiver pan used in european cooking. in the indian market one gets both non-stick as well metal appe pans.

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paniyaram is also known as gunta ponganalu, paddu, guliyappa in other south indian languages. paniyarams can be made plain, spiced or sweet. they are crisp from out and soft from within. they are vegan and gluten free as well.

paniyarams are also a south indian tiffin or breakfast snack and they are healthy like most south indian food.

kuzhi paniyaram is very easy to make, if you leftover idli batter at home. i just add the onions, spices etc in the batter and make the paniyarams with the left over idli batter. also there are versions where the spices are tempered and then added to the idli batter.

from the leftover batter i had, i made these masala paniyaram as well as sweet paniyarams. given a choice, i liked the sweet paniyarams more than the masala ones.

my first introduction to paniyarams were when a friend would get these in her tiffin box sprinkled with idli podi (dry idli chutney powder). one bite and i was hooked.

they were so much like idlis and unlike idlis for me. soft like idlis from within but crisp from out. thats what i like about paniyarams.

you will see in the pics below, the paniyaram chatti i use at home. i have a traditional one and i got it from an antique shop in goa. its very heavy and the batter does not stick at all in this one. i have made paniyarams many times in this traditional chatti.

how to make paniyaram recipe

1: add the chopped onions, green chilies, grated coconut, spices, herbs everything to the idli batter.

ingredients to make paniyaram recipe

2: mix well.

batter to prepare paniyaram recipe

3: heat the paniyaram chatti. add a few drops of oil or 1 tsp of oil if you prefer in each mould.

paniyaram chatti for paniyaram recipe

4: pour the spiced idli batter in the moulds upto 3/4 of the mould.

batter for making masala paniyaram recipe

5: allow to cook for a few minutes. turn carefully with a wooden skewer or spoon and let the other side cook.

making paniyaram recipe

6: you can flip paniyarams once or twice more so that they get cooked evenly. you can also add some more oil if required. when the paniyarams are golden from all sides, remove in a casserole… so that they stay warm. cook in batches this way.

paniyaram recipe, kuzhi paniyaram recipe

7: you can serve kuzhi paniyaram hot or warm with idli podi or coconut chutney. i served paniyaram with coconut chutney.

paniyaram recipe, kuzhi paniyaram recipe

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paniyaram recipe

4.5 from 6 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:35 mins
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2 to 3
paniyaram recipe, kuzhi paniyaram recipe
paniyaram are crisp and soft spiced dumplings made from leftover idli batter.

INGREDIENTS FOR paniyaram recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 2 cups idli batter
  • 1 medium size onion - finely chopped or minced
  • 1 or 2 green chilies (hari mirch) - finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) - finely chopped or grated
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) - optional
  • ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper (kali mirch powder) - optional
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • ½ cup grated coconut
  • salt if required

HOW TO MAKE paniyaram recipe

making paniyaram batter

  • in a bowl take the idli batter.
  • add the chopped onions, green chilies, grated coconut, spices, herbs everything to the idli batter.  mix well.
  • add salt if the idli batter does not have salt previously added to it. stir well.

making paniyaram

  • heat the paniyaram chatti. add a few drops of oil.
  • pour spoonful of the batter 3/4 of the paniyaram mould.
  • allow the batter to cook for 2-3 minutes on a low or medium flame.
  • turn each kuzhi paniyaram with the help of a wooden skewer or spoon.
  • now allow the other side to get cooked and crisp.
  • turn once or twice for uniform cooking.
  • remove paniyaram and keep in a casserole so that they stay warm.
  • these kuzhi paniyaram are also good as tiffin box snack or picnic snack.
  • serve kuzhi paniyaram with coconut chutney or sambar.
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54 comments/reviews

  1. Hii dassana ji..m ur regular follower n tried many dishes of urs specially breakfast because I like varieties in my breakfast..i follow u only because it always comes I want to ask you whether I can take it while journey?? please answer as soon as possible..after some days we are going to our native n I want to take this as snaks

  2. Hii Dassana,
    Can it only be made in the paniyaram chittis?? As i hv nevr made this n am interstd in makin the appams but i dn.t hv the moulds.. How can i make them.. Can they be made using idli moulds? Please suggest..5 stars

  3. Also I add a little bit of rava to the batter just to the paniyarams crispy.. Thought I would share here. Thanks dassana

  4. Hi dassana thank you for inspiring me to cook.. I look at ur website/app to decide my dinner each day!

  5. I loved making these, I have been wanting to make it for a long time . It came out lovely and soft. Mind you I used ready box mixture, and it turned out good.

  6. stumbled upon this, when I was looking for idli recepie, as mine came out very dense, ( not spongy at all) I thought they did not come out spongy because I had mixed the batter quite a bit as I made dosa’s first. what is the trick. I do put Methi seeds during soaking, I now make dosas using the rice flour and urad dal flour, for short cut

    • the texture of paniyarams depends on the idli batter. if the batter has fermented well and increased in volume, then the paniyarams would also turn out good. there is no trick. its just fermentation that is important. a tip would be to add a bit of baking soda or yeast to the batter. the texture becomes better.

  7. I was on holiday in mumbai and bought the pan, and this week was free so I made the small dought nuts which were very nice and every one liked them thank u will be trying more of your recipes thank u

  8. Hi Dassana

    So well tasty recipe but would like to know from where did you buy this paniyaram chatti. f you could help, i would like to purchase the same.

    very healthy recipe,


  9. Hello
    Loved your post!
    Tried this receipe for the first time, earlier I used to make using curd & sooji ( in micro) . Turned out to be ok ( am not good at cooking ) but love experimenting, though!
    My query is, the batter that I have is quite a lot so can I use it for making idlis in the micro.
    Would be grateful if you could please let me know. Thanks in advance3 stars

  10. hi Dassana,
    Made these twice with leftover dosa batter and both the times they turned out very good.Thank you

  11. this recipe rocked! thank you! made paniyarams for the very first time today and they turned out perfect.

  12. Hi Dassana,

    The first time I tried to make paniyaram it got stuck to the pan and didnt come out well so pretty scared to try it again, mine is a stainless steel pan…is there any tricks to use this kind of pan. your pan looks classy and vintage where did you buy it.


    • you can apply some oil in the pan and keep it overnight or for a few days. try making one paniyaram and see if it gets stuck or not. if it does not then you can use the pan easily. this is a vintage piece which i got from an antique shop in goa.

    • hi suruchi. you can even shallow or deep fry them. keep the batter thick, so that it does not spread in the oil. i am not sure about baking as i tried a few and they became dense.

  13. Looks delicious. I’m surely going to try these. I have this chatty at home. We used to make unni appam with them. But now, its just lying idle. Do share the sweet paniyaram recipe too.

  14. Hi, what a cute abelskiver pan
    I really love all your photographs, by the way the photography props are really good and give a rustic feel to the food,where did you buy this copper or brass pan from ,i also like the objects of that metal used in your blog elsewhere in other recipes . Just asked cause i also stay in goa an would like to have them

    • hi priya, i got the abelskiver pan from a antique shop near mckie’s market in baga beach. i don’t remember the name of the shop. there are some shops there and they sell antique stuff. these pans are popular with the tourists in goa and they use it like urli for keeping flowers in water. i have even seen these in hotels in goa. i guess the other object you are referring to must be the copper plates. these i got from bombay metal shop in madgaon. they have real some good stuff, especially for food bloggers.

      • Thanks just stumbled on your blog when i googled for a recipe by the way tried your dhokla recipe, turned out fabulous although the method is quite simple we also share some same interests such as preparing nutritious food, spirituality,meditation, photography