Paniyaram – Indian Savory Pancake Puffs
Paniyaram aka as Appe or Pullaantulu are South Indian Pancake Puffs that make a great snack or Vegan breakfast!
These savory little cakes are known by various names throughout South India including pullaantulu, appe, ponganalu, paddu, guliappa and more.
Although I am yet to post them, I have already made a few versions of these and it has become a favorite of my regular breakfast items.
Traditionally, it is made by soaking rice and urad dal (husked black lentils) and rice overnight. This fermentation gives a sour tang to the batter. I tried it once several years ago and it never fermented. Without the heat and humidity of India, it’s a more complicated process to get it to ferment here.
One of the great things about living in NYC is that virtually any food from any part of the world is available, if you know where to look.
To avoid the stress of even attempting to make idli batter myself, I now buy ready made idli batter from the Indian supermarket. In the refrigerator section, you can find three kinds of ready made batter – idli, dosa and uttapam. The idli batter has become one of my staple ingredients I get every time I visit the Indian market.
You will need a special molded pan to make these Paniyaram. Many countries have a variety of sweet or savory cakes made in a similar pan. Aebleskiver pans are most easily available here in the US and can be used to make these paniyaram. Aebleskiver are Danish pancakes.
Before we get to today’s recipe, here are some other Indian breakfasts you might like to try!
Indian Breakfast Recipes
- Methi Pudina Poha (Fenugreek Mint)
- Coriander Matar Poha (Cilantro Green Peas)
- Basic Breakfast Poha
- Ven Pongal Sambar
- Mixed Veg Besan Pudla
Check out what I had for breakfast in India when I visited Mumbai!
IN THE MAKING – HOW TO MAKE PANIYARAM
These delicious little puffs are perfect for breakfast with coconut chutney.
They also make great snacks at your next party! Soft and fluffy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside!
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