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Paniyarams are a tasty treat. It is somewhere between idli and dosa - soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. My family loves paniyaram very much.Kuzhi means hole (literally) in tamil and paniyaram ,may be the name of the dish. We can make Paniyarams with left over idli/dosa batter also.My grandma used to say at the time of their marriage itz a tradition to make Paniyarams and Idiappam for puthumappillai when they go to in-laws place for the first time.My grandma's riddle for Panniyaram I always love and remember while making paniyaram .

Riddle with Explanation

Sala salanguthu oru kuruvi
Explantion: to check whether pan is hot or not first they will sprinkle some water then they pour oil in the holes and noice occured during this activity in tamil is sala salanguthu.Kuruvi means bird used for rhythm.
salorunguthu oru kuruvi
Explanation : when you pour batter in holes it will make some noice that noise is salorunguthu.
kothikodukkuthu oru kuruvi
Explanation : They used to take out the done paniyaram with a pointed stick (mykothi)
kothikodukkuthu means its picking and giving
konduttoeduthu oru kuruvi
Explanation : finally you are there to take and go.

Ans :
Kuli paniyaram


1. Idli batter -3 cups (see Idli recipe to learn how to make batter)

2. Big Onion -1

3. Green Chillies - 4

4. Curry and Corinder Leaves as required

5. Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp

6. Channa dal - 2 tsp

7. Urad dal - 1 tsp


1. Finely chop onion,green chllies,curry leaves and corriander leaves

2. Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds and saute it

3. Add dals and fry till it becomes golden brown in color

4. Add curry leaves, corriander leaves

5. Then add the chillies and onions and fry till onions are light brown

7. Add this sautéed mixture to the idli batter and mix well.

8. Heat the Kuli Paniyaram Chatti and add little oil in each hole and pour 1 spoon
of batter in each hole.

9. Cook them by flipping both sides.



Add beaten eggs to the same mixture to make egg paniyaram

Side dishes

Coconut chutney , Coriander chutney , Tomato onion chutney

Pudhina chutney , Peanut/groundnut chutney , Garlic chutney

Easy Sambar , Dal sambar


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