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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.

sweet paniyaram, 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.

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.

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sweet paniyaram recipe

Sweet Paniyaram

Sweet Appam or Sweet Paniyaram is a crisp, soft and porous dumpling made with leftover idli batter. Vegan and gluten free snack.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine South Indian
Course Breakfast, Snacks
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 12 to 15 sweet paniyaram


  • 2 cup 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 green cardamom powder
  • sesame, coconut or sunflower oil for frying


  • Mix all the ingredients. Heat the paniyaram pan. Add a few drops of oil.
  • Now, add a spoonful of the batter till the mould is filled 3/4th.
  • Cook the dumplings till golden brown from all sides.
  • Serve Sweet Paniyaram hot or warm.
  • If not serving immediately, 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, 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.

sweet paniyaram, sweet appam

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

    1. 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.

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