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Kuzhi Paniyaram / Appe / Punugulu (Crispy dumplings made from leftover Idli batter)

Kuzhi Paniyaram - A crisp and delicious shallow fried snack made with leftover idli batter
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: snacks/starters
Cuisine: South Indian Cuisine


  • 2 cup Idli Batter
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Coriander / Cilantro / Hara Dhaniya
  • 2 tsp Green Chillies / Hari Mirch Chopped
  • 1.5 tsp Ginger / Adrak Chopped
  • 8 - 10 Curry Leaves / Kadi Patta
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Coconut, Grated
  • 2 tsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds / Rai *
  • 1 tsp White Lentils / Urad ki dal (dhuli)
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida / Hing powder
  • Eno fruit salt a pinch


  • Heat oil in a small pan.
  • Add mustard seeds and white lentil/urad daal in the oil.
  • When seeds start crackling add green chili, asafoetida, and curry leaves.
  • Now add this tempering in the idli batter (dropping consistency batter)
  • Add chopped coriander and ginger and little salt if needed.
  • Mix well and then add eno just before preparing.
  • Heat paniyaram pan and drizzle few drops of oil in the non stick paniyaram pan.
  • Fill the holes with about a tbsp of prepared batter.
  • Cover with a lid and let it cook on medium heat till it become dry on top and sides become golden.
  • Now drizzle some oil on the top of the paniyaram.
  • Turn the side with a fork or skewer stick and cook till it become golden from the bottom.
  • Remove the cooked paniyarams from the pan .
  • Serve hot with tomato chutney or coconut chutney.


My Tips-
  • You can also add some grated carrot ,cabbage,spinach or any vegetables of your choice in the batter.
  • Can also add some cashew nuts in the tempering at step-3