Paniyaaram Paniyaram is part of Chetinad cusine and its quick and easy to prepare. It is a delicous evening snack and goes well with sambar and coconut chutney. This has to be made with special pan, paniyaram chatti.

Raw Rice2 Cup
Parboiled Rice1 ladle
Urdal4 tablespoon
Vendhayam(Fenugeek Seeds0t1 tablespoon
Oil For Frying
SaltTo Taste

For Seasoning:
Mustard Seeds1 teaspoon
Green Chilli2
Channa dal1 teaspoon

  • Soak the rice, urdal , fenugeek seeds in water for 2 hours
  • After 2 hours, rinse and drain the water and grind it to paste in a grinder.
  • Add necessary salt and mix it well
  • Next day, Chop the green chilli and onion and keep it aside
  • In a pan, add some oil and when the oil is hot, add mustard seeds
  • When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add channa dal, chopped green chilli and onion
  • Fry the onion till it turns transparent. Add these seasoned ingredients to the fermented batter and mix it well
  • Heat the paniyarm chatti by spreading little oil in each holes
  • Pour small ladle of batter in each holes and allow the paniyarm to cook one side, then turn it over and allow it to cook other side
  • Remove the paniyaram from the hole and place it in a paper towel
  • Repeat the same for the remaining batter
  • Serve hot with Sambar and coconut Chutney.

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  1. You can also try this variation. Slice the paniram to two halves to get semi sphere. Spread idlly podi emulsion with oil. Toppings with pudina chutney. Arrange five in a plate and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

  2. can the idli / dosa batter be used or paniyaaram??

    1. Hi, Yes, you can surely use idli or dosa batter and we can add the onions and seasoned ingredients and make paniyaram

  3. Hi mami

    We palaghatis call this as more appam (மோர் அப்பம்) It is same except a little buttermilk and channa dal is used in the recipe. We use short cut with idli dough and add besan (கடலைமாவு) Since my family don't eat too much onions we do not add it.
    Also it is made in appa karal (அப்பகாரல்)

  4. Hi mam, shall I use mixer instead of grinder to make a dough . Will I get same softness like in we use grider. And can u post recipe for sweet paniyaram also....thanks in advance

    1. After grinding in the mixer, beat the batter nicely so that the batter is nicely aerated. we can also add a pinch of soda salt to make it soft.