Friday, March 09, 2007


This is one of the recipes that I learnt during my trip to India. This recipe is from an aunt and I just followed it blindly. It turned out pretty yummy. The batter is a basic idli batter and you need a special paniyaram pan for it. You can buy one from here. It takes about 4 min for one batch (6) to get cooked and it's pretty filling. This could be made for breakfast or as an evening snack.


Idli batter - 2 cups (makes about 12)
Onions - 1/2 cup (chopped finely)
Cilantro / Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (chopped finely)
Curry leaves - 1 sprig (chopped finely)
Green chillies - 2 small (chopped finely)
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp


Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add mustard and jeera. Once the mustard starts to splutter add chopped onions, green chillies, curry leaves and coriander leaves. Fry till onions turn golden brown and remove from heat. Add this to the idli batter and mix well. Heat the paniyaram pan and add few drops of oil into each hollow. Once hot, add 2 tbsp of batter into each hollow and let it cook. After 2 min turn with a spoon or fork (whichever works) and let the other side cook. Remove after 2 min and serve with chutney of choice. My paniyaram pan had small hollow impressions. For bigger ones add more batter and cover with a lid to let it cook completely. You might have to increase cooking time too.

For variation, grated carrots or spinach can also be added along with the onions.


I've got something to say said...

I am surely going to try this! Idli becomes monotonous after a while..This is a good variation with the same batter! Thank you da.

Asha said...

I love them too,sour and salty and excellent with chutney.Thanks Deepz:)

Deepz said...

Meera: Yeah I agree idli can get boring after a while. Do let me know how it turns out.

Asha: There is also a sweet version of the paniyaram and I am hoping to learn that from my aunt soon.

Sushma said...

I like them also, but didn't brought the pan from India...Its a nice variation to Idli's...Thanxs for sharing

Anonymous said...

I had this in my aunt's house. Tastes very good. It's a nice snack.

I've got something to say said...

Deepa: I did not try paniyaram(no pan), but tried like vegetable idli(same species I guess); turned out colourful & tasty. Thanks to you again!

Manisha said...

Now I am so confused...I want an aebleskiver pan. But I want a puttu maker too - which one to buy first....

Deepz, one of my friends was asking if you had any suggestions for good Indian restaurants in the area. Denver, Aurora, included.

Deepz said...

Yes Sushma and Meera, idli's can also be made with the same recipe.

Manisha: I totally understand your conflict. Any time I see a new useful kitchen gadget I want it. The simpler way to solve your problem is to just buy both :)

Regarding Indian restaurant's I like Rangoli in Gun Barrel for good South Indian food. Their buffet items are sometimes bland but if you order your dishes and ask them to make it spicy the food is real Indian hot. I've only been to India's restaurant in Denver and I thought it was ok for North Indian cusine. I used to like Denver Woodlands for good South Indian veggie food but they closed and moved to Castle Rock. Their menu has changed and I am not sure if the food is the same. Hope this helps.

Manisha said...

Deepz, I will probably end up buying both! Cast iron is best for the aebleskiver pan, ya?

I have had two bad experiences at Rangoli. The food is the best I have had in the area but the 'welcome' depended on the color of your skin. :-( We haven't been back and my friend won't go there because of my experience. I'll let her know what you had to say about India's restaurant in Denver, as she is in Denver frequently. Thanks a ton!

asha said...

They look delicious ! I always have a craving for these paniyaram.. I love to have any time when they are just hot and crispy.
For those who are looking or searching to buy one, here is the link -
Also try their paniyaram recipes.

Riddhima said...

I want to buy the Paniyaram Pan only from the Oxford Brand though am not being able to find any one selling this Oxford Kuzhi Paniyaram Pan here. Does anyone know the dealer for this brand here in seattle or atleast anywhere in the US. My sis is using it and she said that this one is the best one among all the ones she has tried.