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How to make Paniyaram: Indian Breakfast Recipe

Updated on September 5, 2011

Sweet and Kara Paniyaram

Paniyaram is a popular snack item in India and is served as breakfast or as evening tiffin. It is made from fermented rice and urad dal batter mixed with some indian spices. It can be made both salty and sweet. Children love the sweet ones. It's another variant of the dosa, made out of almost the same ingredients; crisp on the outside and soft on the inside batter.

Paniyaram made of special pan with Kuzhis (holes) where the batter is poured. Chutneys go well along with them. I have also included a link to a paniyaram recipe video at the end of this hub. Check it out.

Recipes Delicioso:

Kuzhi Paniyaram


For kara paniyaram

Raw rice - 1 cup

Idli rice - 1 cup

Urad dal - 1/4 cup

Fenugreek seeds (methi seeds) - 1/4 tsp

Soak both rice and urad dal with fenugreek seeds for 6-8 hours. Grind it to idli batter consistency. Add some salt, mix well and ferment it for 10- 12 hours (best done overnight).

Seasoning for kara paniyaram:

Onions finely chopped - 1/2 cup

Green chillies finely chopped - 3

Curry leaves chopped - 1 tablespoon

Grated coconut - 2 tablespoons

Mustard seed - 1/2 teaspoon

Urad dal - 1/2 teaspoon


Paniyaram pan


Indian Recipe for Kara Paniyaram

Keep the kadai in the stove. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil, add the mustard seed and wait until the mustard seed crack. Now add the curry leaves, urad dal, onions and fry for 2 minutes. Then add green chillies and grated coconut and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Finally add the fried items into the batter and mix well.

Take the kuzhi paniyaram pan and gently rub or add few drops of oil in all the holes (kuzhi hole). Pour a ladleful of batter in each hole, close and cook for 4-5 minutes. when done, turn to the other side using a spoon or paniyaram stick and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Repeat the process for the remaining batches and serve with coconut chutney.

Sweet Paniyaram


Idli rice - 1 cup

Raw rice (pachai arisi) - 1 cup

Urad dal - 1/4 cup

Toor dal - 2 table spoons

Salt - very little (to enhance the sweetness)

Jaggery - 1 cup

Methi or fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp

Cardamom powder - 1/4 teaspoon

Simple Indian recipe for Sweet Paniyaram

Soak both rice and urad dal with fenugreek seeds for 6-8 hours. Grind it to idli batter consistency. Add a little of salt, mix well and ferment it for 10-12 hours (best done overnight).Keep the powdered jaggery along with 1/2 cup of water and cardamom powder in the stove. Allow it to boil for 5 minutes. The jaggery should melt and boil it for 2 minutes. Add the jaggery sauce to the batter(similar to dosa batter).

Take the paniyaram pan and gently rub or add some oil in all the holes. Pour a ladleful of batter in each hole, close and cook for 4-5 minutes. When done, turn to the other side using a spoon or paniyaram stick and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Repeat the process for the remaining batches. Enjoy the sweet paniyaram.

Rawa Paniyaram


Rawa(sooji)- 1cup

Maida(all purpose flour)- 1 cup

Sugar- 1cup

Banana(small)- 1/2

oil for deep frying

water- 1cup

Indian Recipe for Rawa Paniyaram

Take rawa, maida and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Add the mashed banana to the above mixture. Now add 1 cup of water to the above mixture and mix well using a ladle. The mix should be thick like bonda batter consistency. Let it stand for about 10 minutes. Heat the oil in deep frying pan and pour the batter using a ladle one at a time. When done, turn over and fry another side. Repeat the process for the remaining batches.


Do not cook paniyaram on high heat. Always cook the paniyaram on medium flame or else it would end up too dark on the outside and half cooked on the inside batter.

To make a quick tiffin, use a left over idli/dosa batter for this recipe.

Video that shows how to make Paniyaram


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      Himani Marwaha 4 years ago

      Hi really lk the recipe of paniyaram I m surreally gone make in morning thanks

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      Roja 6 years ago

      Aye i like ur paniyaram and then ur voice also...very nice voice dear..

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      mohan 6 years ago

      india's No 1 breakfast items

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      pepsharada 6 years ago from Hyderabad

      good recipe. Kadapa is a place in Andhara pradesh India. here u see that every house has this pan and this recipe is cooked almost daily in the evening. there it is called as Ponganalu. By seeing ur posting i felt very happy to see the dish.

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      vidya 6 years ago

      i love it it is easy to cook also

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      Caroline 7 years ago

      Didn't know the recipe for rawa paniyaram. Thanks a lot. And if u don't get the panniyaram pan try it deep fried. Will not taste same but it is ok.

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      DANNY 7 years ago

      kara paniyaram was good.

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      safiq ali patel 7 years ago from United States Of America

      Mouthwateringly good.

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      Palak Verma 7 years ago from Sunnyvale

      Good post...Will try it sometime...

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      Ms. 7 years ago

      Good to see somebody speaking Tamil!!!

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      sujatha 7 years ago

      good vedio and quite useful

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      Mrs.Sithra Jeganeswaran 7 years ago

      oh thank u so much...for given us this recipes..i didn't know anythings about im good in paniyaram through this web side. once again thank you so much.

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      Priya 7 years ago

      I tried it, came out tasty , thanks for sharing!!

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      suguna srikrishnan 7 years ago

      i followed the reciepe,super snack!family loved it.thanks for sharing!

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      Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Something new to do with my "Abelskiever" pan!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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      Reema  8 years ago


      This video - paniyaram is excellent..I found it easier while watching Chef.But am sure will find find it difficult first two-3 times while I attempt..might be some mistakes in measuring rice/dhal or grindg..etc..etc..Anyway thank you so much,chef u described in such a easy and lovely and comic way..I loved ur perfomance.esp the way u speak Tamil..


      best regards

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      Rachana 8 years ago

      Making paniyaram is so easy and simple.

      I enjoy when they are hot and crispy !

      For those who are looking or searching to buy one, here is the link -

      Also try their paniyaram recipes.

      Enjoy cooking :)

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      Mrs.Mathangi 8 years ago

      Thanq so much......!!!!!! I m just married ,this recipe helped me to impress my in-laws thanq :-)

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      Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I like Paniyaram. But i never knew it was a breakfast recipe. We normally have it as a snack item in the evening or make it when there are guests.

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      Barathi 8 years ago

      well..the paniyaram sounds and looks good. But I'll got to get the paniyam "pan" right? Now that's a problem. Not sure where to get it in my country though. Hey, why wont you show your face?