Spicy Paniyaram

Spicy Paniyaram

If you have seen movies like Tangled, then you know the how often pans are used as weapons. The next time you watch the movie, imagine Fynn getting hit with a paniyaram pan. Ouch !!!

Alright, no violence. Lets use the pan for something good. Here is another easy recipe to add to your cooking list. Make something different with the regular idli batter or make use of some that is left over and also show off at the same time. Win, win & win.

A little prep is required. After that it is just MIX, POUR, FLIP & SERVE. You can play around with the ingredients and the cooking time is about seven minutes. You will need a panniyaram pan though, if you don’t have one. There are a few options in the market. You have the traditional cast iron pans, non-stick pans, induction stove compatible etc. I went for a non-stick pan so I can cook with minimum oil. You know, healthy (wink) eating. This the Non-stick pan (affiliate link) I am using.

Prep:  It will be easier if you can “outsource” some of the chopping & cutting work or “motivate” someone to help you out. We need to chop the onions, coriander leaves & green chilies and peel & grate the carrot. Of course, get some batter from the store.

Mix:  All the ingredients and add some tadka (with mustard & cumin seeds). You can add the onions pieces, either raw or fry them with the tadka.

Pour: The batter mix into the wells of the hot pan

Flip , cook & Serve.

The detailed recipe is mentioned below, you can always play around with it and have fun. As for Flynn Rider in Tangled, he is still getting the flat pan.

Spicy Paniyaram Recipe


  • Idli batter: 1 cup
  • Onion: 1 medium sized
  • Carrot: 1
  • Green chilies: 2
  • Coriander leaves: 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds: 1tsp
  • Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida/Hing (optional)
  • Oil: 2 tbsp


  • Finely chop the onions, green chilies & coriander leaves
  • Peel and then grate the carrot

Here we go:

  • Heat oil in a small wok or kadai
  • Add the mustard seeds. Once they start to crackle, reduce the flame and add the cumin seeds and then the onions. Let it fry for about two minutes.
  • Mix the batter and check the consistency. Some of the readily available packs have salt in them, so check and add salt.
  • Add all the ingredients and mix well.
  • Lightly grease the pan with some oil
  • Pour the mixed batter such that each well is full and place it on the stove
  • Place a lid on top
  • After keeping on medium heat for about 5 min,  check if the paniyaram sides touching the pan are done
  • Flip each paniryaram so that the top portion gets a chance to cook
  • Once done, remove from the pan & serve hot along with chutney or sauce


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