August 14, 2010

Kuzhi Paniyaram / குழி பணியாரம்

Kuzhi Paniyaram is a South Indian delicacy famous in Southern parts of Tamilnadu. It comes in both spiced and sweet flavors and I've made the spiced version. I got this perfect recipe from one of my friend. Having rice as its main ingredient, this can be used as a replacement to Idly/Dosa or can be served as a evening snack. This would even go well for parties and potlucks.

A special pan is needed for making this which has a little more deeper holes than idly plates and the vessel has to be directly placed on stovetop. I used a non-stick pan which uses less oil compared to the normal pan. My mom used to make this even with Appam or Dosa batter also with some sauted onions added to that. If you want to try for the first time on your new pan, you can go with some Dosa batter with little more oil on the holes so that the paniyarams will come out easily.


Raw rice -1 cup
Idly rice - 1 cup
Orid Dal - 1/4 cup
Coconut - 2 tbsp
chopped onions - 1 cup


1. Soak the rice and orid dal overnight and grind them all finely.

2. Add salt to the batter and you can use after it ferments.

3. Add the coconut and chopped onions to the batter

4. Heat the "Kuzhipaniyaram" pan and add oil (or butter) on all the holes

5. Once the pan is heated, keep on medium flame and pour the batter

6. After it turns light brown turn all the paniyaram the other side and wait till it gets cooked on both sides

7. Paniyarams are ready to be served with Coconut chutney.

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