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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Vellai Paniyaram


Thought of starting this year with a very traditional Chettinad dish, for which I had lot of requests.  It is the very famous Vellai Paniyaram, without which a function is never complete in Chettinad.  People of all age like it very much and goes best with Vara Milagai Chutney or Kara Chutney. It is a fluffy pillow like savory which is usually served in chettinad houses and functions as evening snacks or as one of the dishes in the morning breakfast.

Vellai Paniyaram has very few ingredients and takes very less time of preparation. The only time taken is the time for the soaking of the Rice and Dal i.e. about 1 to 2 hrs. Thats it, once the batter is ready then it gets done very fast. There is not much recipe variation for this traditional dish.


Raw Rice - 1 Cup
Parboiled Rice - 1/4 cup
Udad Dal (Ulundham Paruppu) - 1/4 cup
Salt - as required
Sugar - 1 t.sp
Milk - about 1/4 cup
Oil - for frying


  1. Wash and soak the mixture of rice and dal.  
  2. Grind it in a grinder or in a mixer to a fine batter.  
  3. Add the sugar, salt and mix. 
  4. Check the consistency of the batter it should be little more watery than the dosa batter. To get the right consistency add milk as required and mix.
  5. Take a deep and round bottomed kadai. 
  6. Add only enough oil so that the paniyaram can just rise up and is able to float.
  7. Heat the kadai on a small burner.
  8. Once the oil is medium hot turn the burner to the low mode.
  9. Beat the batter with a ladle or a whisk.
  10. Now with a round ladle pour the batter in  the oil.
  11. The Paniyaram will get cooked , rise on its own and float.
  12. At this point turn it, let it cook for one more minute and remove.
  13. Make it one by one at a time.
  14. Serve it hot with chutney.

Points to remember

  • Use only rice which we use for cooking and not the rice which is used for making batter. Like, do not use idli rice since it is a batter rice and used for cooking. Raw rice also the same thing applies.
  • Do not add too much oil to the kadai.
  • Do not over heat the oil.
  • And always keep the flame on low through out the cooking process. Once in a while if the temperature of the oil goes down very much then you can rise it. Otherwise keep it on low always.
  • Do not touch it in the oil before it starts floating on its own. 
  • After it starts floating you pour little, little oil on the top so that it helps in the cooking process.
  • After turning do not cook for long.
  • Your batter is of right consistency if the paniyaram is cooked fully. If it does not get cooked in the centre then your batter is thick, add more milk.
  • If you are not getting the shape of the Paniyaram and it is becoming round like a bonda then it means that the Udad dal content is more.
  • If the Paniyaram becomes rubbery after it becomes cold then the udad dal had been very less.
  • Adding the parboiled rice helps the paniyaram to remain soft even after becoming cold.

This recipe of adding Parboiled rice was given to me by my SL.
You can find recipes of
Another version of  Vellai Paniyaram here.
Red Chutney / Tomato Chutney


Faseela said...

lovely n tempting....

Unknown said...

Looking very delicious and very tempting. would like to give a try I made it before but did not get the perfect shape and texture.Now going to give a try with your recipe.. will let you know. Book marked.. your pictures made my mouthwater..

great-secret-of-life said...

looks so yummy and inviting..

Easy Cooking 321 said...

Tasty, must try

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious dear...

ongoing event : Know your dairy-Milk

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Unknown said...

Thank you all for the nice comments.

@rekhas kitchen : Try to stick as far as possible to the recipe and to the "Points to remember". Then I think you should get it.

Vimitha Durai said...

Tempting paniyaarams. First time here. Happy to follow you

Menaga Sathia said...

இந்த குறிப்பினைதான் தேடிக்கொண்டிருந்தேன்.பகிர்வுக்கு மிக்க நன்றி லஷ்மி!! செய்யும்போது அந்த அழகான பூ வடிவம் கிடைக்குமா??

Padhu Sankar said...

Paniyaram with kara chutney is something I love so much. So tempting

Unknown said...

@S.Menaga, the shape of the paniyaram comes when you pour the batter in the oil. It mostly depends on the kadai and consistency of the batter.

Satish said...

I tried it and everyone in my family liked it. It tastes very good.