Kuzhi Paniyaram

Kiddo spent the first one and a half years of his life teaching me baby language. I learnt ‘Goo goo’, ‘Gaa gaa’ and ‘Hee hee hee’ from him. Then I graduated to learn more difficult words like ‘Awwa Mee mee’, ‘Bhuga buga buga’, ‘tatanga’ and ‘Mammam mammam’.

By the time he was two, we were conversing easily in his language. He didn’t share the same enthusiasm in learning my language though. So googoo-s and gaga-s it was, for a long time.

I used to wonder whether the hours of reading to him was any useful or whether he was just a slow learner wrto languages. My doubt was clarified when we were shopping in the supermarket and he came across strawberries. They weren’t fresh, so I took him to another aisle.

Kiddo, who was two years old then, kept pointing frantically in the direction of strawberries and I kept ignoring the request. He finally blurred out ‘Stabedy Stabedy’. My surprise, my wonder and my happiness knew no bounds. So kiddo could talk, when he wanted to!

I had bugged my MIL to make these kuzhi paniyarams as a tea time snack this weekend. So when I took the camera out,  kiddo started scribbling frantically in his note pad and wanted that to be a part of the picture. The way he was scribbling, as if it is the most urgent thing in the world, reminded me of the way he was pointing at those strawberries when he was two.

Enjoy these paniyarams while I am enjoying the little happy moments of life :)

Train, rain, people and ponds!


Special Utensils : Paniyaram Chatti

  • Dosa Batter           :        1 cup
  • Coconut grated   :        1/4 cup
  • Onion                      :         1 small, chopped fine (optional)
  • Ginger                     :         1/2″ piece, grated (optional)
  • Green Chilies       :         1 – 2, sliced
  • Oil, for deep frying
  • Mustard seeds            :   1 tsp
  • Urad dal                        :   1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves                :   4-5
  • Oil                                     :  1 tsp


  1. Chop the onions, chilies. Grate ginger. Add this and the grated coconut to the dosa batter.
  2. Heat one tsp of oil, add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and urad dal. Once it splutters, add it to the dosa batter and mix well until everything is combined.
  3. Heat oil in a paniyaram pan and add about two tablespoons of batter into each pit.
  4. Turn over with a skewer or fork and cook until golden.
  5. Take off the pan and drain on a kitchen towel. Continue making paniyarams with the rest of the batter.
  6. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

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20 responses to “Kuzhi Paniyaram

  1. I too make this with leftover batter, but add only chillies and onion!! Adding Coconut must give a rich taste!!!! Cute paniyarams!!!!

  2. yummm….. i love these. i was planning to make these today. though I make with left over idli batter, i sometimes make a different prportion maavu.. check my blog…

  3. Chef Mireille

    great photo, but I wanted to see a clear one of what kiddo drew!…your narration is great… I was drawn into the story! (you just teased with a partial picture)

  4. oh wat lovely art work Rajani!!..u must save some of this ..plz dont trash it..u will love to see when he grows into a college boy:))..n ofcourse the paniyarams r so cute..like little gulab jamuns minus the syrup(thank God):))

  5. Like the intro. Love the drawing. Hugs to your little one.

  6. I always enjoy your writing and wait patiently everyday to read your posts. Lovely writing Rajani and your kiddo’s drawing is cute (I guess a post is worth explaining his story behind the artwork, would love to hear his story too!!!) The paniyarams are super yummy and looking fab. Very nice!!!

  7. Love your rants always. :) And BTW the paniyarams look cute.

  8. very cute paniyarams..love the mini snapshot of your life :)

  9. Superb pictures Rajani..love to read abt your kid..my kids do the same. The moment when they see me with the camera, they draw something and want it to be clicked..:)

  10. Perfect Paniyarams..Love this with yummy chutney!!Nice pic :)

  11. Baby babbles and doodles are soo much more pleasurable than cookin and cleaning(more imp), any day isnt it Rajni ? :) And wish it does rain in real here…..gets sweltering by 10am !!

    great clicks and prefectly made paniyarams :)

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  12. loved this write up…i m in that phase…with my little one exploding into a new thing daily..he is almost 3 , but started talking very early, clear and precise just like his dad…so i did not hear too much baby talks..but i still like the way he scolds or snaps at me..and yes…i am collecting the small art works already…and yes..lovely appe (as we call them here)

  13. ha ha it was nice hearing about your baby talks.. god! he is drawing too :).. very true the small moments def makes the entire day so beautiful :).. KUzhi paniharam looks fantastic… these are my fav.. at one point i would have these as tiffin every single day in ratna cafe :)

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  14. the picture is a classic. I suppose you will hoard tehm all like I do. By the way you may want to change the caption to add cat.:) love it. I love removing them and see them all over againa nd again.

    Lovely paniyaram. Just today kiddo 2 was telling me why dosa? make something else so I guess this is it.

  15. hi Rajani, The paniyarams are well made and the story is so appealing. If you are interested you can join me with your south Indian preparations in my ongoing event.



  16. Lovely Kuzhi Paniyaram! Your son is a future (modern) artist!

  17. Loved the story:-) and the drawing:-)…Paniyaram romba nalla irukku. When are you moving in?

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