Spicy Crunchy Appe

A delicious way to use leftover Idli batter!

A crisp and delicious shallow fried snack made with leftover idli batter

Kuzhi Paniyaram / Appe / Punganalu is a South Indian snack. Originally from Chettinad.

It is often made with leftover slightly sour Idli batter. It is usually served as a snack at breakfast (or tiffin – as popularly termed in South India).

It is made in both sweet and savory versions, with the savory version being the more popular one.

Prep time – 10 min
Cooking time – 15 min


2 cups Idli batter

3 Tbsp -Fresh coriander, chopped

2 -3 Green chili, chopped

1.5 Tsp -Ginger, chopped(optional)

8- 10 – Curry leaves, chopped

2 Tsp Cooking oil

1 Tsp Mustard seeds / Rai

1 Tsp White lentil / Urad daal

1/4 Tsp Asafoetida / Hing

A pinch of Fruit salt / Eno


Heat oil in a small pan.

Add mustard seeds and white lentil/urad daal in the oil.

When seeds start crackling add green chili, asafoetida, and curry leaves.

Now add this tempering in the idli batter .

Also add finely chopped onions, tomatoes, dhania to Idli batter.

It should be dropping consistency .

Adjust salt and Mix well .

Add eno just before preparing.

Heat appe pan and drizzle few drops of oil in the pan.

Fill the holes with about a Tbsp of prepared batter.

Cover with a lid and let it cook on medium heat till sides become golden.

Now drizzle some oil on the top of the paniyaram/appe.

Turn the side with a fork or skewer stick and cook till it become golden from the bottom.

Serve hot with fresh Nariyal chutney!

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