sweet paniyaram | sweet appam

Sweet paniyaram recipe With step by step photos – crisp, soft and porous sweet paniyaram made with leftover idli batter. Vegan & gluten free snack. All you need to make these delicious sweet dumplings are idli batter, coconut and powdered jaggery. They are also called as sweet appam.

Paniyarams are a nice snack or a tiffin variety. Usually I make plain or Kuzhi paniyaram and These sweet appam with leftover idli batter.

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sweet paniyaram

Due to the jaggery, these sweet paniyarams have a porous and soft texture and taste very good. These also make a good tiffin box sweet snack.

To make these you need the Paniyaram chatti – Æbleskiver pan. You can also shallow fry these dumplings if you don’t have this special cookware. I have never baked them, so I don’t know how they will turn out if you bake them.

sweet paniyaram

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Sweet Paniyaram

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Sweet appam or Sweet paniyaram is a crisp, soft and porous dumpling made with leftover idli batter. Vegan & gluten free snack.
sweet paniyaram recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:30 mins
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):12 to 15 sweet paniyaram
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 2 cups idli batter
  • 6 to 8 tablespoon organic powdered jaggery or as required
  • ½ cup grated fresh or frozen coconut or unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 to 3 green cardamoms, powdered or ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • sesame or coconut or sunflower oil for frying


  • Mix all the ingredients. Heat the paniyaram pan. Add a few drops of oil.
  • Now add the spoonful of the batter till 3/4th of the mould.
  • Cook the dumplings till they become golden brown from all sides.
  • Serve sweet paniyaram hot or warm.
  • If not serving immediately, then keep them in a casserole, so that they remain warm and soft.


The jaggery I use is organic jaggery powder and does not have impurities. If there are impurities then just melt the jaggery and filter it. Once the mixture cools down, then add this to the idli batter.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Paniyaram
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 0
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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How to make sweet paniyaram

1: add all the ingredients in the idli batter.

ingredients for sweet paniyaram

2: mix well. Use thick idli batter as due to the dissolution of the jaggery, the batter’s consistency becomes liquid. So to avoid the batter becoming too much thin, better to use a thick idli batter.

making sweet paniyaram batter

3: heat the paniyaram chatti and add a few drops of oil in the moulds. Pour the batter from a spoon till 3/4th of the mould. Sprinkle some more oil from above if required.

sweet paniyaram batter in a paniyaram chatti

4: due to jaggery the mixture browns quickly, so keep an eye. Turn the sweet appam with a skewer or spoon so as the other side gets cooked.

cooking sweet paniyaram

5: when they are browned well from all sides, remove and Serve sweet paniyaram hot or warm with milk, tea or coffee. These sweet appam are so delicious that they can be had plain as well.

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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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25 comments/reviews

  1. Hi…Can i use sugar…as i am allergic to jaggery.

    • nisha, you can use sugar.

  2. Superb recipe, wil try out soon

    • thanks roshni

  3. Hi Dassana can I steam these in an idli mould? Would it turn out spongy like idlis?

    • Yes you can steam paniyarams in idli mould. If the leftover idli batter is in good condition, meaning not got too sour or over fermented than the paniyarams would be soft.

  4. Very useful and easy preparation… thanks…

    • Welcome.

      • Mam where did u get the mound.

        • aruna, i got if from an antique shop in goa.

  5. Lovely recipe. yummy have to try this!

    • do try and thanks.

  6. very good

  7. Lovely recipe! Can I add a mashed banana too and make it like unniappam?

    • yes you can.

  8. Delicious recipies. I will try them. I really appreciate the step by step preparation shown. Thanks a lot for the useful info.

    • thanks vijayalakshmi

  9. The picture reminds me of my school days when one of my school mate used to bring paniyaram occasionally and we all used to hog on it.

    I’m going to try this delicious recipe sometime soon; not to mention it’s incredibly easy to do.

    Thanks for running this awesome website. Keep the great work up.

    • thanks rajesh.

  10. woww very nice dish..awesome mouth watering dish..keep posting

  11. Yes,Iam definitely making these appo’s.I usually made them only with rice coconut and bananas.So Iwill try these too.Thankyou.

  12. Those sweet paniyaram look delicious! I make these often and we love them a lot. You’ve tempted me to make some!

  13. I can have this anytime, lovely paniyarams

  14. I was thinking of preparing them and you sent the recipe… will try them soon..



  15. i loved this paniyaram kadai so nice 🙂 this generally make the paniyaram more fluffy subject to that if u add more batter 🙂