Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stuffed Paniyaram

 Deepavali is just around the corner and the festival of lights promises to be a joyous celebration. A bunch of sweet treats have already started pouring in and my weighing scale has started protesting & groaning about the excess calories sneaking in ! The feasting does not end there; my in-laws are visiting us this weekend and the next fortnight is packed with lavish lunches at home as well as binging out in my favourite restaurants - so the scales have to wait till I give them some happy results and that ain't happening till the first week of November.

Radhika's Wednesday Blog Hop # 7 is here and I am paired with Sangee whose culinary trails are etched in Typical Indian Kitchen - a versatile blog with a lot of lovely recipes. After shortlisting 3 recipes, I finally zoomed on making paniyarams which my hearth is seeing for the first time. Mistake not- we have eaten a lot of them from our favourite eat-shops, but the stuffed paniyarams from sangee's page was just beckoning me to try it out.

A popular chettinad cuisine (south Indian Dish), paniyarams are made from a fermented batter of rice & lentils (Urad dal). They can be made either sweet or savoury; the batter is poured in to a pit (குழி) of the special mold and then cooked . Use பணியாரம் சட்டி/Paniyaram Mold for it or the Ebleskiver works just fine for these savoury/sweet snacks- go ahead and enjoy the piping hot treats for a morning breakfast or relish it with your cuppa in the evenings or for those monsoon cravings


For the Batter :-

  • Parboiled Rice - 4 cups
  • Urad Dal - 1 cup
  • Fenugreek Seeds - 1 tbsp

For Paniyaram Batter (Tempering of the ground batter) :-
  • Ground Batter - 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves - a few sprigs(finely chopped)
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds & Urad Dal  - 1/2 tsp each
  • Ginger - a small piece - grated
  • Asafoetida -  a pinch
For stuffing :- (let your taste palate work for the ingredients)
  • Mushroom - 1 cup (washed thoroughly & chopped) 
  • Onion  - 1 medium (finely chopped)
  • Potato  -  1 large (boiled & mashed)
  • Green bell Pepper - 1 small (finely chopped)
  • Curry Leaves - a few- finely chopped
  • Turmeric powder    a pinch
  • Chilli powder -  1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala -  1/2 tsp
  • Salt  to taste
  • Green Chillis - 1 to 2 - finely chopped - to taste
  • Oil  -  1 tsp
For shallow frying:-
  • Ghee/Clarified Butter or Oil - as required for each pit/groove

Here's How :-

Soak overnight parboiled rice (pulzungal arisi/idli rice) and urad dal along with fenugreek seeds separtely. After soaking them overnight ground the trio to a fine smooth batter in mixer/Grinder.Leave the batter for fermentation for a few hours. The batter is ready to be used for a variety of dishes- Idli/Dosa/Uttappam/Paniyaram etc

For the stuffing,heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. Add chopped onions and saute it for a minutes and then add green chillis,curry leaves and green bell pepper; let it sizzle for a few minutes. Then add turmeric powder and the chopped mushrooms and saute lightly for a minute or two. Tip in the spices like chilli and garam masala powder, cook it till the raw smell of the spices evaporate. Finally add mashed potato and enough salt and mix everything well and cook for a minute. Take off flame and set aside.

For the paniyaram batter -heat oil in a pan,and then add all the ingredients for the tempering and let them sizzle. Add this to the Idli/dosa batter and mix well.

Now heat these paniyaram mold/ebleskiver, add few drops of oil/ghee in each pit/groove. When it gets hot, pour little batter 1/2 level to the groove, now place a heaped spoon of filling and pour some more batter to cover the same. Repeat the same for other pits.Let it cook for 2 minutes and then turn other side gently  with a skewer/fork/spoon and cook till turn golden brown n crisp.

Once done, take them off flame and serve hot with any desired chutney.

Enjoy the crispy out & spongy inside treats !


  1. The paniyaram looks so crisp on the outside and yet so spongy inside.I am a big fan of stuffed paniyaram and yours look so tempting.

  2. Wow.. lovely and interesting paniyaram.. looks super delicious.. thanks for sharing dear.. love the presentation too :)
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  3. This stuffed paniyaram Luks Delightful and impressive.Luv it.

  4. Thanx for trying my fav recipe and for your sweet words too...glad that u all liked it n the stffed paniyaram looks so inviting...

  5. Droolworthy,love the stuffing,nice one

  6. that looks superb, got to give it a try.

  7. Super delicious stuffed paniyarams..quite inviting.

  8. Perfect tempting stuffed paniyarams...

  9. superb n delicious prepared paniyarams..Yummy!!

  10. perfectly done and very tempting !!

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  11. lovely write up priya- my scales have given up on me :P and your lovely paniyaram is not going to cheer them up (LOL)

  12. I love this....Crunchy and golden from outside and soft , spongy from inside. yummy !!

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  13. Mushrooms et al - looks yum! Liked it on Sangee's blog - both of us posted the same day and almost the same minute - me my plain ones and she her stuffed ones :) Extend gym time to make of for the calories :) cheers, priya

  14. Paniyarams look awesome Priya! Actually I've tried them just once & so haven't heard of the stuffed version at all, but it's something new I plan to try soon :)

  15. nice and delicious stuffing paniyaram is tempting

  16. சூப்பர்ர்!! பணியாரம் நல்லா புஸ்புஸ்னு இருக்கு...

  17. Yummy paniyarams.. They look crispy& delicious...

  18. Very interesting and innovative recipe. Looks yummy, fabulous and mouth watering. Wonderful presentation.

  19. I have tried paniyaram before but stuffed seems to be evn more interesting!!!

  20. looks absolutely fab ! btw, your blog design and Sangee's (whom u r paired with) are soooo similar, I almost thought I was reading Sangee's blog for a minute !

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  21. Looks spongy inside...that to stuffing....nice treat..