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Oct 6, 2011

Chettinad Paruppu Paniyaram N Thakkali Chutney

               Paniyaram is one of my favorite breakfast. And now its became favorite of my kids too. They love this small ball shapes...and will enjoy eating these balls without troubling me :)
Chettinad recipes are not familiar to me...but i tried some chettinad veg n non veg recipes from other blogs and websites. And this Paruppu paniyaram , I watched in TV cookery show by chef Jacob...He added only the cooked n mashed tuvar dal and seasoned with thalippu vadagam. But i tried with my own creativity and changed the recipe entirely to my taste. Result was awesome and it was a very delicious n filling breakfast. Paniyaram on outside it turns super crispy and inner it was so soft n moist.(like idly).Addition of tuvar dal to the batter gives protein rich paniyaram and i used ghee to cook paniyaram.So both protein and fat rich food. you can use oil also but ghee/butter gives nice flavor n rich taste to the dal/Paruppu paniyaram.

            To suit with this spice less Paruppu Paniyaram i made tangy Thakkali Chutney and it was a very perfect combo. I took this thakkali chutney recipe from Raks Kitchen.

For Paruppu Paniyaram
  1. Idly Dosa Batter   2 cups
  2. Tuvar dal   1/3 cup
  3. Pearl onions    3 no.s
  4. Tomato    2 tbsp(diced)
  5. Green chilliy    2 no.s(optional)
  6. turmeric powder   a pinch
  7. ghee/oil   to cook paniyaram
To temper
  1. Oil    1 tsp
  2. mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
  3. Urad dal    1 tsp
  4. Chana dal   1 tbsp
  5. Dry red chilli   1 no.(broken)
  6. Curry leaves    few
  7. Hing powder   1/4 tsp
  8. Onion    1 small(finely chopped)
  9. Ginger   1 tsp(finely chopped)

  • Cook tuvar dal with a pinch of turmeric powder , pearl onions,diced tomato,green chilli and enough water in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles.
  • Then wait till pressure cools down and open the cooker,drain excess water and mash the cooked dal with onion , tomato n chilli and keep aside.
  • Now take a pan, heat n add oil, then add the tempering ingredients one by one and sauté onions lightly and add it the dosa batter.
  • also add the mashed dal to the batter abd mix everything well.
  • Now the batter for making paruppu paniyaram is ready.
  • Heat paniyaram pan, add few drops od ghee/oil in each groove and pour batter to 3/4 the level of each groove and again drizzle some ghee all over the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • After that , turn the paniyaram gently using spoon and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until done.
  • Repeat the same for the remaining batter and enjoy the Hot Paruppu paniyaram with thakkali chutney or any desired chutney.

Thakkali Chutney/Tomato Chutney

  1. Pearl onions    10 no.s
  2. Tomato   2 large
  3. Dry Red chilli    3-4 no.s
  4. Fennel seeds   1/2 tsp
To temper
  1. Oil     2tsp
  2. Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
  3. Urad dal   1/2 tsp
  4. Curry leaves   few
  5. Hing powder   a pinch
  • blend all the ingredients along with enough salt in a mixie/blender to a little coarse paste using less water or no  water.
  • Heat oil in a pan/kadai, add the tempering ingredients one by one and pour the chutney and cook till raw smell leaves .



  1. Amazing dish Sangee.....looking at your pictures I am tempted to try it too....will soon have to hunt for a paniryam pan.

  2. Yummy yum paniyaram.. Perfect combo with tomato chutney !

  3. Wow,healthy paniyaram.We can't ask much from a breakfast than this.Truly amazing pictorial to go with friend.Thank you.

  4. Hi dear,hru?? Hope u doing well..

    wonderful n healthy paniyaram,perfect combo with this tangy chutney!!

  5. perfect combo with this chutney ... so so yummy sangee ......

  6. look out...someone is back in action:-) lovely twist in panniyaram to the regular idli batter version. the tomato chutney looks perfect too...

  7. hey Hyma...yes i am back :) thanx dear for your sweet words...its possible by all your constant support n encouragement only :)

  8. wow...yummy & delicious...lovely step by step pics..very tempting..

  9. First time in ur blog...u ve such a wonderful blog...nice recipe visit mine whenever tume permits...

  10. Hi Sangee,supergood teatime recipe dear.This is a new one,I never heard of .Thanks for sharing ,dropping in and for the add too.

  11. Paniyaram luks yummy...tomato chutney is so colorful,love the combo.My mom makes Paruppu Paniyaram with adai batter also.

  12. Yummy paniyaram looks so tempted....just pass on that plate please :)

  13. Any leftover there, both makes me hungry Sangee..

  14. Great to see you back Sangee...These paniyarams look absolutely delicious

  15. very interesting....especially for kids this is really gud...will surely try...

  16. Inviting paniyaram!!! Goes perfect with that spicy, tangy chutney...
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  17. love this combo...
    looks delicious dear :)

  18. lovely dish...

    had another baby boy 2 months back. i really misses ur blog.

    keep it up

  19. what a great idea to add toor dal to paniyarams, a healthy breakfast indeed, they have come so perfect and cute..tomato chutney is just fingerlicking one i guess..

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  20. I like the sound and sight of that, going to bookmark it.

  21. Paniyaram and chutney .. both look delicious. Love tomato chutney anytime.

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  22. Thats an interesting recipe. Loved the addition of dal. Should try your version soon.


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