Tuesday, April 29, 2014


This is a South Indian breakfast dish usually made from the left over dosa or idli batter by adding onion, chillies and tempering to it. We get a special pan for making these. In Andhra we call them Ponganalu whereas in Tamilnadu & Kerala it is Paniyaram. There is a sweet version of this also made with jaggery. 

Dosa batter ... 2 cups
Baking powder .. a pinch
Onions .... 2 small ( about 1/4 cup)
Green chillies ... 2
Coriander leaves .. 2 tbsps
Curry leaves .. few ( chopped)
Mustard seeds ... 1 tsp
Asafoetida .... a pinch
Salt .. to taste
Oil ... as needed


1. Heat oil in a small pan and add the mustard seeds and asafoetida. When they crackle, add the onion, green chillies and saute for a minute until it becomes translucent. Let it cool.

2.Mix the onion, coriander & curry leaves, salt and baking powder to the batter.

3. Grease the ponganalu pan and spoon the batter into the holes. Place it on the gas.

4. Cover with a lid and simmer for 1 & 1/2 to 2 minutes.

5.Open the lid and flip the ponganalu with a pointed spatula ( you get this with the pan) and cook the other side until done.

Serve with coconut chutney or groundnut chutney.

Click here to see the chutney & batter recipes :

Dosa Batter

Coconut Chutney

Groundnut Chutney

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  1. paniyaram or paddu looks very tempting. It's been a while since I made them :)

  2. Lovely one Shoba,thx for linking it to my event,please give the backlink to the recipe(kuzhi paniyaram) you have chosen from my blog :)

  3. oh i love this...perfect as rainy day healthy snack:)

  4. The paniyaram look so perfectly shaped. I have been looking online for the ponganalu pan but not found anyone local.

  5. I've never heard of those before but it looks like something very tasty! I love trying new dishes from different parts of the world ;)

    1. Thanks Sylvia.. These are very light and healthy too.. Do try them out and feel free to ask any doubt while making.

  6. I have eaten these before and think they are delicious, although I didn't realise there was a sweet version too. I need to find one of those pans.

    1. There are many variations with .change in the ingredients. both sweet and savoury.
      Hope you get your pan soon.

  7. Paniyaram pan is one of my favorite utensils to use :) And this one seems to be quite easy-peasy n yummyyyyy <3 Lovely collection of recipes... Drop in @ www.cookingwithsj.com when you get some free time :)

    1. Thanks for the compliments Shruti..will surely visit your blog :)

  8. Appos as we call them my favourite too,,, lovely space,,, hopped in from Harini's space,, do drop in @http://flavorsandcolorsbyaparna.blogspot.com/ in your free time

    1. Oh learnt another name for these today .. Thanks and will surely drop in


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