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Kuzhipaniyaram – a saga

mini doughnuts

Introduction:

One of the most adorable and mouthwatering dishes called Kuzhi paniyaram or paddu is famous. It can be sweet or spicy depending on the batter that we use. There is a mould into which the batter is poured, to get out a perfectly round shape. This is something super tasty. The other cutest name is the mini doughnut.

This is also one of the famous Chettinad Cuisines’ wide repertoire of vegetarian delicacies.

paniyarakkal is essential to the preparation of these rice batter balls. You can opt for the classic cast iron pan or check out the modern copper or non-stick aluminum ones.

You can check if they are cooked if you can insert a toothpick

Preparation:  

  • Firstly, Wash and soak 1 cup raw rice, 1 cup idli rice, 1/2 cup urad dal, and 1 tsp fenugreek seeds for four hours
  • Secondly, Grind until they turn smooth and fluffy using water as needed, the battery needs to be thick
  • Thirdly, Coarsely grind 2 green chilies and some curry leaves
  • Fourthly, Add salt to the batter, whisk well and let it ferment overnight
  • Fifthly, In a pan add 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, 1/2 tbsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp chana dal, and 1 tsp urad dal
  • Sixthly, Once the mustard splutters, add 2 finely chopped onions and some salt. Cook till it is translucent
  • Seventhly, Take 2 cups of the fermented batter and add the chili paste and onions
  • Eighthly, Heat the paniyarakkal and spoon in a little oil in all the Moulds
  • Ninthly, Pour the batter and let it cook. Once done, flip it
  • Tenthly, Cover and cook again for a minute till crispy and golden brown
  • Lastly, Serve hot with coconut chutney, tomato chutney, and sambar.

Key Takeaways: 

 This kuzhi paniyaram is also called a mini doughnut. These mini doughnuts are provided by hotels as authentic versions of South Indian dishes.

The fragrant spices, fierce curries, and other locally sourced ingredients all come together, resulting in a unique culinary tradition. Kuzhi paniyaram is one of the most common breakfast dishes by everyone in areas like Karaikudi.

ALSO READ: The table of victuals

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