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January 30, 2009

Paniyaram Varieties - Sweet Paniyaram, Kara Paniyaram, Dosa batter Paniyaram

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We generally do this paniyaram varieties ( Sweet paniyaram and Kara paniyaram) in weekends for dinner. Its a favourite tiffin for all of us. Here I’ve mentioned the recipes of four different types of paniyaram. First variety is of  Tanjore special which my MIL used to do (Both sweet and spice versions) . Then comes the recipe of a paniyaram which we tried after eating in AAB restaurant. Finally the one with leftover idli dosa batter which is my mom’s special. Lets see them one by one below.

 Sweet Paniyaram(Vella Paniyaram)


Par Boiled Rice / Idly Rice 1 cup
Urad Dal 1 tbsp
Fenugreek 1/2 tsp
Jaggery 1 cup
Salt a pinch
Cardamom seeds 4 nos
Oil To cook

  • Wash and soak the rice, urad dal and fenugreek seeds for 2 hrs.
  • Grind it together in mixie by adding little water in between( batter should be thick).
  • Add the cardamom seeds while grinding.
  • Take the batter in a bowl and add the powdered jaggery to it. Mix well. Make sure the jaggery is dissolved completely. Batter becomes slightly loose after adding jaggery. 
  • Heat and grease the Paniyaram pan(skillet) with oil . Scoop with spoon and fill each hole!
  • Keep in high flame and cook for a minute by closing with a lid.
  • Now simmer the flame and flip the paniyaram using a fork & spoon.Prick it with the fork for even cooking.
  • Again cook in low heat to make sure they cook all the way through.
Serve hot!!


Spicy Paniyaram(Kara Paniyaram)


 1cup - 240ml
  • Par Boiled rice/Idly rice – 2 cups
  • Chana dal –  1/3 cup
  • Toor dal & urad dal – 2 tbsp each
  • Red chilly – 6-8 nos
  • Asafetida – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Curry leaves – 1 – 2 sprig (chopped)
    • Wash and soak the rice separately in a bowl and dal varieties in another bowl for 2 hrs.
    • Coarse grind the rice along with red chilly,salt and hing in a mixie by adding little water in between(should be like semolina/rava).
    • Then coarse grind the dal by adding little water.
    • Mix the ground rice & dhal well.
    • Heat and grease the Paniyaram pan with oil .Pour the batter in each mould till half – full.
    • Keep in high flame and cook for 2 mins by closing the lid.
    • Now simmer the flame and flip the paniyaram using a fork & spoon.Prick it with the fork for even cooking.
    • Again cook in low heat to make sure they cook all the way through.
Tastes great!! No side dish is required!!

KARA APPAM(Restaurant style)

My MIL tried this after we had it in a restaurant.It came out well.Very easy to make and simple ingredients!!

1 cup - 240ml
  • parboiled Rice / idly rice  - 2 cups
  • Toor Dal – 2 tbsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt – To taste
  • Water – To grind
  • Pepper – 1 tsp
  • Jeera / cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Small pieces of coconut – 1 tbsp
  • Wash and soak rice,dal with methi seeds for 2 hrs and grind it like a dosa batter.
  • We made the batter in the morning and kept for 7-8 hrs to ferment.
  • Add the pepper,jeera and coconut pieces into it and mix well.
  • As usual, grease the paniyaram pan with oil and Scoop with Spoon off way each hole .
  • Cover and cook for 2 mins.Flip it and again cover cook for 2 mins.
  • It consumes very less oil ,at the same time it is very crispy.
Serve hot with fried gram dal and tomato chutney!!


This is my mom‘s paniyaram recipe. I just love this.I like this more than all the above said ones. Last week when I was with my mom, she made this just for me :)I know this one has been blogged many times by different people in the blogosphere. I decided to post it anyway . The recipe is pretty straight forward.

To the leftover dosa batter add chopped onions, green chillies, curry leaves and grated ginger. Add the seasoning of mustard seeds and urad dal.Heat Paniyaram chatti (skillet). Fill the moulds with oil. I usually add little oil / ghee and add more if required. Cover the skillet. Cook the paniyarams on both sides.
Serve hot with fried gram dal /Pottu kadalai chutney .

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sriharivatsan said...

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful Chitra..Paniyarams are looking awesome..Thanks for your foot step to my blog and you have a lovely space here..Keep visitng and keep blogging..

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow so many yummy varities..... Wish i was your neighbour...

Priya Suresh said...

Hi Chitra, paniyarams looks scrumptious n delicious, try to send to Srimathi's Chettinad vegetarian cuisine, if u wish..

Shama Nagarajan said...

awesome paniyarams...send me those plates

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot sriharivatsan:)
Thanks lubna.We may become neighbours in future,who knows:)
Thanks a lot priya.will send to event;)
Thanku shama:)

Bindiya said...

chitra i liked your mom's one the best, also the piece abt jaggery is quite useful.

Chitra said...

thank u bindiya:)thats my fav too:)

Cham said...

One the chettinad delicacies,love all ur varieties, the most I like is kara paniyaram! They are all delicious!

Gita Jaishankar said...

The paniyarams look so yummy, awesome pictures :)

Deepthi Shankar said...

good to see soo many varietes here & nice info on jaggery there

Manju said...

loved ur gonna follow it to keep up with your posts! loved the paniyaram recipes too!

Finla said...

So many diffrent one you have made.
Next tim i am gonna buy a pan when i am in Indi.

Yasmeen said...

I love all the versions,looks very tasty:)

Nithya Praveen said...

Wow what a variety..awesome girl!
Looks great!

Chitra said...

Thanku all frnds for ur wonderful comments:)iam very happy:)

Thanku superchef for following my blog:)will sure come up with good recipes:)

Dershana said...

Hi Chitra, such a spread of my favourite tiffin item!!! too bad that i don't have my paniyara kal with me here and its not available in the stores out here :-( u've set me moping after paniyarams hoo hoo

Myvegfare said...

I was going through some of ur recipes The most best thing i liked in ur blog is ur Kitchen clinic, That is simply the great attraction for me , keep it up!!! everybody who ever visits ur site will know cooking indian food is very healthy.

Adlak's tiny world said...

wow awesome paniyarams chitra.. nice platter of paniyarams and shall i take them for me...

bee said...

i love these 'cos they don't need fermenting. it's hard to get anything to ferment in my house.

vidhas said...

Chitra, parade of paniyarams. I have not tried sweet paniyaram , surely do that. Perfect for the event.

Unknown said...

first time to your place you have a nice blog love to have those paniyarams superb keep bloging

Chitra said...

Thanku all for ur motivating comments:)

Latha said...

Thanks chitra for visiting my blog....
wow!! I love kaara paniyarams but really miss them now as I dont have a pan here :(.