Horsegram (Kulith) Appes or Paniyarams
This was perhaps the easiest of posts to write for me. Reason – The recipe for the batter for this dish has already been covered in my blog post of Horsegram Adais last month. A snack / breakfast option specially designed for kids, well adults can absolutely indulge too. The blog post focused on the excellent health benefits of consuming Horsegram as an ingredient and it also mentioned the ways to use up the batter and not make it sound or taste repetitive. After all, who would eat only adais every single day? So, why not have some appes instead?
So the transformation involves addition of few ingredients, some tempering etc and while the adais are gluten free, the addition of semolina in the appe batter will take the recipe off that gluten free bracket. But you certainly won’t complain once you taste them.
As South Indians, the one thing that we have always a stock of in our refrigerator is Batter – Be it Dosa, Idli or Adai. Weekend is normally the day when the batter is ground and stored in fridge for using the entire week ahead. Traditionally, our families never had rotis or parathas for breakfast ever. It was always the South Indian Breakfast variety that was also consumed as “tiffin” at night. Most South Indians prefer tiffin for dinner, which are generally small meals and they try to avoid the regular sambar rice or rice altogether. Instead they have chapati or roti with a curry or gravy or any of these breakfast varieties listed above with accompaniments like podi, chutney and/or Sambar.
I generally make appes out of the adai batter on the 3rd day when the batter is slightly tangy and the addition of semolina or rava provides the perfect crunchy exterior. Extremely filling breakfast option with some chutney of your choice or even plain hot ones straight from the appe pan, which is more my kind of thing along with a cup of strong filter coffee, delicious wholesome breakfast sorted!
Do take time to read the post on the Horsegram (Kulith) Adais or Pancakes on the blog to get the recipe of the basic adai batter and also to know the health benefits of Horsegram. Trust me, the post will ensure you include Horsegram as part of your diet once you read the umpteen benefits.
Also, if you are looking for another Paniyaram recipe from the blog, Do check out the Masala Paniyarams Recipe which are made from leftover dosa batter. Simple and easy.
Recipe for Horsegram (Kulith) Appes or Paniyarams
Serves approx. 15 to 20 appes
- 2 cups Adai Batter (refer the post above)
- 4 tblsp Semolina or Rava
- 1 tblsp Rice Flour
- One onion finely chopped
- Hing a pinch
- Oil – Few tsps. For cooking the appes
- Salt as per taste
- ½ cup Water or as required to adjust the thickness of the batter
- 1 tblsp Urad dal
- 1 tsp Coconut oil
- 1 tsp Jeera or cumin
- ½ tsp Mustard seeds
- Few curry leaves
Step 1 – Prepare the Paniyaram / Appe Batter
- In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients as listed above except oil for cooking the appes.
- Add some water to adjust the thickness.
- Ensure that you don’t make the batter too thin as it may lead to rubbery or dense paniyarams.
- Keep the batter aside and prepare for the tempering.
Step 2 – The Tempering
- In a small kadhai, add the oil, once it heats up, add the mustard seeds, allow it to crackle.
- Now add the Urad dal, jeera. Roast well and then pour the sizzling tempering into the batter.
- Mix well and adjust salt, if required and then prepare the appe pan for making paniyarams.
Step 3 – Making the paniyarams or Appes
- Heat the appe pan. Add a drop of oil in each of the appe moulds.
- Now slowly pour the batter. Ensure the batter doesn’t overflow over the appe moulds else it makes flipping very difficult, especially if you are still getting used to the appe pan.
- Cover with a lid and ensure the heat is low.
- Allow it to cook well on one side before flipping over and cooking the other side for 3 odd minutes.
- Add few more drops of oil, cover and cook again.
- Serve hot or warm with chutney, ketchup or any accompaniment of your choice.
Recipe Notes –
- Paniyarams or Appes traditionally are cooked with a lot of oil and they do taste extremely good when done that way. However, since all of us are being health conscious these days, these are made with less oil.
- Paniyarams can also be made with idli batter. However they are slightly more tangy so increase the rice flour & semolina quantities accordingly. If you prefer it tangy, then you can go with the same proporations as given above.
- If you want to make these super healthy, add powdered oats too. No one notices it, trust me.
- This makes a good tiffin box option for kids as you can fill these will veggies like grated carrots or beetroots with some finely chopped and steamed French beans or peas which they otherwise don’t consume.