Masala Paniyarams / Appes

Breakfast / Snack Special – Bite size goodness made with leftover dosa batter

Masala Paniyarams / Appes

Leftovers Special / Breakfast Special – Masala Paniyarams with leftover Dosa Batter.

Another addition to my leftovers special is the Masala Paniyarams with the dosa batter.

If you have gone through the 2 recipes on the blog Modak Icecream and the Eggless Banana Walnut Cake made with leftovers, you must be surely convinced that I love transforming leftovers. Somehow, I find working with leftovers, extremely fun and challenging. Not to mention the look on Narayan’s face when I tell him this was made from so & so …. Such a delight !!

When you have dosa batter leftover in fridge that could make only 2 dosas which neither of us would be content with, you end up making paniyarams.

I have added rice flour & some semolina to increase the quantity of the batter, made a tadka or tempering & poured over the batter. Rested it for 10 mins & ta da….. the batter was all set to be churned into our morning breakfast.

We gorged on these minus any accompaniment but yes, freshly brewed kadak chai or strong tea was a perfect company. However, if you are looking for a perfect accompaniment, you can try these from the blog – Coriander Chutney & Coconut thogayal.

Narayan & me are simple eaters. Non-fussy. Content souls we are, with whatever is available. Our only goal is to eat a variety of veggies every day which we do.

Please check out the detailed recipe & the notes.

Serves 3 persons

Makes minimum 20 paniyarams or appes

Ingredients –

  • Dosa Batter – 1 cup
  • Rava / Sooji / Semolina – 3 tblsps
  • Rice Flour – ¼ cup
  • Salt as required (the dosa batter already has some salt, so kindly add appropriately)
  • Water – as required to adjust the batter consistency.
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Finely chopped green chillies – 1 tsp
  • Hing or asafetida – a generous pinch
  • Oil – 2 tblsps

For The Tempering –

  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Grated coconut – 1 tblsp
  • Curry leaves & coriander leaves – finely chopped

Method –

Step 1 – Prepare the Paniyaram / Appe Batter

  • Mix all the ingredients as above (dosa batter, salt as required, rice flour & semolina).
  • Add the hing, chilli powder & the fresh green chillies too.
  • Add some water to adjust the thickness.
  • Ensure that you don’t make the batter too thin as it may lead to rubbery paniyarams.
  • Set this mixture aside for alteast 10 mins & 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.
  • Add the urad dal, grated coconut & give it a mix.
  • Let it roast well & turn slightly brown in colour (dal & coconut).
  • Add the curry leaves & then pour this sizzling tempering straight into the prepared batter.

Step 3 – Making the paniyarams or Appes

  • Heat the appe pan. Add ½ tsp of oil in each of the appe moulds. Let it heat well before pouring the batter.
  • Now slowly pour the batter. Ensure the batter doesn’t overflow over the appe moulds else it makes flipping very difficult.
  • Let it cook well before flipping over. You can cover with a lid too if you want the cooking to happen a bit faster.

PS – Always ensure the flame is medium. Cooking the appes over high flame will tend to burn the bottom of the appe & lead to a bad taste.

  • Now, once its cooked on the top, flip the appes over & let it cook for another 3 minutes or so.
  • Once done, ensure you eat it piping hot. Oh this has to be enjoyed piping hot.

Notes –

  • Paniyarams ideally require a lot of oil (trust me as I have enjoyed my childhood eating these – We call them Morappams & damn they taste so good). However, the health conscious in me now tells me to savour them 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 proportions as given above.
  • You may go ahead & add some powdered oats too ( I do that too) to make your appes healthy. Your family will never notice the difference, I guarantee.
  • 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 & steamed French beans or peas which they otherwise don’t consume. Cut down the quantity or simply avoid the chilies. Pack some ketchup or thick curd with some cumin powder as a healthy dip.

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Vidya Narayan


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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Megala

    Wonderful transformation ! Great tip to add oats into paniyaram batter !!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks dear. Actually we don’t prefer the porridge or overnight soaked oats smoothie etc so I add oats to regular cooking / food options like rotis, dosas etc.

      1. Megala

        Yes, same here !

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you dear. I am loving all your diwali sweets / snacks posts.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Glad you liked it. It’s usually available on all my posts as I like to keep experimenting with various things.

  2. jyo

    Love paddus Vidya….very comfy and handy too…looks AMAZE as always ??

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks a ton my dear for your kind words always !! I agree .. they are easy to eat & yum too

  3. jyo

    If dosa batter is in our pantry… it’s very handy?

  4. InspiresN

    good idea adding rice flour and rava to the dosa batter, will try it out! I usually make it with idli batter and slight variation .Thanks for sharing!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you for liking the post. I do make it with idli batter too .. actually whatever is available is converted by either adding rice flour, semolina, oats etc Some change from the usual routine.

  5. ramyarecepies

    All time favorite from my childhood, I usually add rice flour and 1/2 cup of curd to make them smooth and turns out brown color.. it’s delicious ?

  6. Anshu Agarwal

    These are looking so delicious…Loved the Idea of using left over dosa batter..Will surely try them out..Thank you for the wonderful recipe !!

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