Paal Paniyaram - Chettinadu Special

We are completed more than half of our journey in A-Z series in Journey through the cuisine.For the letter P,I had several options such as paal,poli,paal kari,puliodhari but settled with paal paniyaram.

Paal paniyaram is a Chettinadu sweet delicacy in which a deep fried fritter is soaked in sweetened coconut milk.Itsprepared for most of the occasions for breakfast.

Since we like this sweet preparation a lot, mom used to make it frequently,especially after any special poojas.As the coconut and rice offered to God needs to be used in some sweet preparation.
Mom used the coconut milk for soaking the paniyarams but here I used both coconut milk and regular milk.Off to the recipe.......

                                                       Paal Paniyaram

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 2-3 hours
   Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
   Serves ~ 3-4



Raw rice/pacharisi
1/2 cup
Urad dhal/ulutham paruppu
1/2 cup 
Idly rice/pulungal arisi
1 tbs
Thick coconut milk
1 cup
Regular milk(boiled and cooled)
1/2 cup
3-3.5 tbs
Cardamom powder/ellakai podi
a pinch
1/2 tsp
for frying

  • Rinse the rice and dhal for couple of times in water and soak it for 2-3 hours.After soaking completely drain the water.Grind it to a smooth and fluffy batter,with water as needed.The batter should be thick like a vada batter.Transfer the batter to a bowl and add salt.Mix it well.
  • Mix both the milk and add sugar,cardamom powder,mix it well.Keep it aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil and once the oil gets hot take a small pinch of batter and drop it in the oil.Fry it in a medium flame till golden,Remove it from the oil and drain it on a paper towel.
  • Now add the fried paniyaram to the milk and mix it well.Let it soak for 15 minutes.
  • Serve it.

  • Grinding it in a grinder gives a fluffy batter.
  • If you feel the first batch of paniyaram comes out bit hard then add a pinch of cooking soda..
  • Do not drop the batter too big after soaking the size would increase slightly.


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Wow I love this white on white clicks..looks so classic...I love this dish Nalini, though I haven't had this that many times..:)

I never tasted this and is a new one. Sounds like a yummy sweet.

I love this paal paniyaram and you have made it perfect..

Yummy paniyaram. This is on my to do list for a long time but is hesitating since I am the only one ending up eating them at home. ☺

This is in my todo list for long time. Need to try it soon. Yumm

white and white against white ... I so much want to be ur student, Nalini !! what perfect clicks. I am not even lookign at the recipe :))

seriously, will u take me as ur student for photography ??

This is a totally sweet preparation for me Nalini. Dunking fried paniyaram in milk sounds delicious.

Very interesting ! Absolutely new dish for me , looks wonderful with those beautiful clicks .

Makes me nostalgic, this is one my grandma's signature dish, you made them simply awesome Nalini.

Dunking those fried cuties in coconut milk sounds so delicious. I am sure the fried ones will disappear even before I dunk them in coconut milk in our house :)

Such a wonderful dish this is. Pinned it right away :)

White on white! I absolutely love this dish and reminds me so much of the Roja movie where he asks for paal paniyaram. I want to try it soon.

This is new dish for me.It looks delicious and I would love to taste it sometime.

Wow - I would love this kind of breakfast and your pics look awesome!

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