Kuzhi Paniyaram

Kuzhi Paniyaram is super crispy outside and soft inside balls cooked until slightly golden brown made of fermented rice and lentil batter. A perfect South Indian style breakfast dish and here is the recipe to know how to make paniyaram.

Can you believe me that I have never ever tried making the kuzhi paniyaram at home, I mean of course this is the first time. Wel the reason was I didn’t have Paiyaram pan, actually, I still don’t have it, I  kind of borrowed it from a friend.

Every time when we’d go to India or someone comes from there to visit us, we’d make a list of things to bring from there. But we always forgot to buy appe pan and idli maker, seriously every time, weird, right?? So guess what last month I won a paniyaram pa in a competition at Archana’s Kitchen, I immediately asked my mother in law to pack it in the bag to bring here.

So that’s how I happen to make this kuzhi paniyaram for the first time. However, we did try eating them before at a friend’s house and totally loved it. In fact, I asked the recipe from her about three months back and followed the same to make it.

About the picture below as little miss is still not going to pre school( she’ll start from January) when I am taking pictures and if she is not watching Dora or drawing something, she would just come jumping and asking “take me in the photo” like a thousand times until I do so.

Blogging Marathon#80 Week 2/Day 7
Theme– Protein Rich Dishes
Dish– Kuzhi Paniyaram
Protein Source– Urad dal

5 from 3 votes
Kuzhi Paniyaram
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Super crispy outside and soft inside balls cooked until slightly golden brown made of fermented rice and lentil batter. A perfect South Indian style breakfast dish.

Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Sapana Behl
For idli dosa batter
  • 1 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup split urad dal
  • 1/4 cup poha/aval/flattened rice
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • water for soaking
  • salt to taste
To temper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • few curry leaves
  • a pinch aseftida
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Wash and soak rice, poha and dal separately with fenugreek seeds in enough water for overnight or 6-8 hours. 

  2. Grind urad dal in a mixer or wet grinder separately with fenugreek seeds by adding 1/4 cup water at a time or use just enough water to grind the dal.

  3. Similarly,  grind rice and poha till you get a smooth batter using only enough water to grind.

  4. Now mix together the dal and rice batter. Add salt in it and let it covered in a warm place for fermentation for up to 10-12 hours.

  5. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan and add asafetida and mustard seeds. Let the seeds crackle.

  6. Add curry leaves and onion and saute them just for a minute.

  7. Transfer the tempering into the fermented batter and mix well until combined.

  8. Grease and heat a paniyaram or aebleskiver pan on medium heat. Add spoon full of paniyaram batter in each hole and let it cook covered for 2 minutes.

  9. Using a chopstick or knife flip them over and cook for a minute more.

  10. Remove from pan and serve hot with tomato onion, coconut or garlic chutney.

Recipe Notes

For super soft inside and crispy outside the batter should be well fermented.

If you live in a cold region, place the batter in a closed oven to ferment. Do not turn on the oven.

You may also add grated carrots and more seasonings in the batter.



Serve this paiyaram with coconut chutney, tomato chutney or garlic chutney.



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Best Regards,
Sapana Behl

16 comments on “Kuzhi Paniyaram”

  1. Paniyaram is one of our fav breakfast dishes and I think there is no house without a paniyaram pan here. Usually I make it without poha. I guess it adds to the softness. Your little angel is so beautiful with that yummy paniyaram..

  2. This is my fav breakfast!! I just adore your cute model with the paniyaram..

  3. Glad you tried it. It’s one of our favorite dish and vaandu loves it for lunch. Please try the sweet ones also. I bet you will love it.

  4. Rajani says:

    My son is ten and he still does that ! I have a habit of throwing out stuff if I don’t use them at least once in An year. Paniyaram pan and appam (the crepe) pan are the ones that were the exceptions. Glad I kept them with me because I use them a lot now.

    1. Rajani next time throw in my direction

  5. Give me a plate of paniyaram and a spicy onion chutney with, i can sit and eat shamelessly, how prefect those paniyaram looks, you nailed it Sapana.

  6. Vaishali says:

    Aw ! Your daughter looks so cute with that paniyaram. And the paniyarams look fantastic , I don’t think even I have one on my blog , though I have made it a couple of times .

  7. PJ says:

    This is our go-to snack when ever we feel like having something light with tea / coffee. Beautiful pictures esp. the one with your Lil Angel 🙂

  8. Sapana your daughter is sweet. Kisses to her. As for the paniyaram they are beautifully done.

  9. Paniyaram and mint chutney is one of my favourite breakfast. These pics are tempting me.

  10. Whenever I prepare paniyarams,its such a novelty in my gujju family. A friend of mine after tasting the mixed dals paddus I made for this theme, ordered her pan online from Amazon.

  11. Kalyani says:

    doesnt look its the first time u made it :-)) spot on esp with the chutney and the props ! and hugs to ur lil princess ! Cant believe she’s the one for who we had the virtual baby shower on ur blog ! time surely flies !

  12. Sowmya says:

    You have absolutely nailed that one. Looks so round and crispy. My kiddo likes to click pics and insists they be the ones I upload.

  13. Sapana, you have such pretty models yaar!..and this paniyaram looks so well made, guess its time you got yourself a pan..:)

  14. Nalini says:

    Your model is so cute and holds the paniyaram very nicely.This is one guilt free snack..

  15. ruchi indu says:

    I loved angel’s hand with those cute paniyarams. very nice.

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