Friday, October 23, 2009

Vaazhai Pazha paniyaram

Vaazhai pazham means ripe banana.

Paniyaram is a traditional snack of South India. Paniyaaram can be prepared using a paniyarakkal (similar to our cup cake pan). People make spicy as well as sweet paniyarams.

But this banana paniyaram can be prepared without a paniyaram pan.

This is a sweet made during Navarathiri in my home town. It is also called wheat paniyaram. On Sundays in Navarathiri function, people prepare sweets using wheat, as Wheat is the favorite food of Sun God and Sunday is His day.

we can use rice flour also instead of wheat flour, but won't get a softer one like this wheat version. Even now we use coconut oil in regular cooking and it will definitely enhance the taste. Slowly people are accepting the benefits of coconut:)



Ingredients:
Wheat flour / all purpose flour - 1 1/2 cup
ripe banana - 1 (big)
cardamom powder - a pinch
coconut oil / any oil - to deep fry
Sugar - 1/2 cup
water - 1/4 cup
baking powder - 1/4 tsp (optional - but makes the sweet fluffy)

Directions:
Measure and put the flour, sugar, cardamom powder in a mixing bowl.
Mash the banana gently with hands to a coarse texture and and mix it with the flour.
Dissolve baking soda in water. Now slowly add water to get a thick batter.
The batter should be thinner than chapathi dough but thicker than dosa batter.

Heat coconut oil in a wok to maximum heat.Don't allow the oil to fume.

Now using a bigger spoon (small kuli karandi), slowly pour the batter as small balls in to the hot oil.

Reduce the flame and cook the paniyaram in medium heat, so that the center portion will also get cooked.

Flip them once and cook both sides.

Take out and drain excess oil using a paper towel.

Vaazhai pazha paniyaram is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Makes a great tea time snack.
The above said quantity is enough to make 15 paniyaram (depending upon the size).

Note:
If not for pooja, some people add an egg while preparing the batter. But I suggest you to do as it is even without baking soda.

27 comments:

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Oh Viki u r spoiling my diet da..these are my favorite snacks since childhood..I have some bananas at home..going prepare them for evening snacks

Akal's Saappadu said...

Hi Vicky,
vaazhapazha paniyaaram superaa irukku; nice snack my teddies love too!
Do you know how to make Paal paniyaram, I love that too :)
always wanted to know how to make:)

Tina said...

Yummy paniyaramas.......

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice paniyaram dear..looks yummy

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Looks very tasty.....i add some rawa to this.

Sushma Mallya said...

looks very delicous viki...thanks for the recipe

Prathibha said...

looks yummy...

Poornima Nair said...

Thats an awesome snack...

Chitra said...

We too make this.I do this in paniyaram pan.. Looks mouthwatering viki!!

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Lovely and yummy paniyaaram..I am sure it taste great 2.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Saraswathy: He..he ... etho ennal mudinja nallathu...My contribution to your diet dear:)
Akal's : Thanks da. Here is a link to Paal paniyaaram from Sailaja.
http://www.sailajakitchen.com/2009/06/paal-paniyaram.html
You will love it very much.
Sailaja: Thanks for the tips dear. I will try it next time.
Tina, Shama, sailaja, sushma, Poornima, Chitra, Prathiba: Thank you my friends.

Anupama said...

Just inviting and sounds really easy to make... I think you can try to make the same thing in a kuzhi paniyaaram pan to avoid using more oil... just a thought :-)

Priya said...

I do prepare often this delicious paniyaram, looks great viki..

San!!! said...

Brilliant.Paniyaram's color is too good and appealing.Not required to count on calories much i guess :)

Radhe said...

i love this mouthwatering paniyaram,have to try soon.yummy............food.

Radhebabu

Viki's Kitchen said...

AnuPama: Thanks dear. Thats a great idea. But I am looking for a paniyarakkal for a long time here:)
Priya: Thank you for liking it Priya.
San: Hi..hi ... dieting during winter is very hard for me..So You can expect more like this:)
Radhe: Thanks dear. Your words inspire me to more.

Lavanya Siva said...

vazhai pazha paniyaram is superrrrrrrrr..........

sowmya.s said...

looks yumm..something like appam..

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks delicious...love paniyarams. Banana sneaked in, I cud eat them all.

ann said...

Almost the same way I make unniyappam.But i wont use sugar.instead jaggery and banana..And your look almost the sae as my kinda unniyappam.Ha,but with wheat they are very soft to say..great da..

Raje said...

This recipe is new to me Vicky. Looks delicious

Vibaas said...

looks very yum..and i dont even like banana :)

Parita said...

I have heard a lot about this but never tasted as yet, would love to make some day :-)

Aruna Manikandan said...

This recipe sounds new to me
Definitely will give a try soon......

Rina said...

Vikki..I can imagine the smell and taste of this aniyaram..delicious..

Suchi Sm said...

My Mom do the same recipe viki..

Vikis Kitchn said...

Thanks Suchi