Monday, March 11, 2013

Carrot kuzhi paniyaram

Last week I made this carrot kuzhi paniyaram, inspired by the Tamil movie Saguni, in which actor Karthi makes carrot kuli paniyaram for his girlfriend. I always try to make foods that are popular in restaurants and movies in our house, as it is safer to eat home cooked meals for people like me:)
On that day hubby had a lot of work, stayed overnight and came home only in the early morning. There was a snow storm outside and he came all the way home in that snow by dawn....won't that be an excuse to make fried foods:) After having some pepper milk with him and some sleep,  I wanted to make some good food to cheer him up. I had some left over dosa batter, but still wanted to think something better than dosai. While he was sleeping I planned to make some delicious breakfast with a catchy name....and did this kara paniyaram using left over dosa batter. I am sure it is the best gift for any wife to see her man asking what smells this delicious:)  I am very glad that this came out very well and we enjoyed it with coconut chutney.
Carrot kuli paniyaram
Kuzhi paniyaaram with carrot

Snow time is good food time.....Peeking out of my kitchen window:)

dosa batter - 1 1/2 cup
besan flour - 2 tbsp
baking soda - 1/2 tsp
oil - as per need
carrot - 1
To temper:
mustard seed - 1/2 tsp
urad dhal - 1 tsp
sesame oil - 1 tsp
onion - 1/4 (small)
green chilly - 2
cilantro, curry leaf - few leaves.
asafoetida (hing) - a pinch

Take the dosa batter in a mixing bowl, and add besan flour to it.
It is not traditional to add besan flour, but I add it to get golden red paniyaram.
10 minutes before starting to prepare the paniyaram, add the baking soda and mix well. In the mean time prepare the tempering.
Heat 1 tsp oil in a small wok and add mustard seeds. Once they start splutter, add the urad dhal, asafoetida and finely chopped onion, cilantro, curry leaf, chopped chilly and let it get slightly tender. Add it to the batter and mix well.
Peel the carrot and chop it finely (I used a vegetable chopper).
Now heat a paniyaram pan and brush some oil in all the holes. Then add 1 tsp sesame oil / butter in each hole. Reduce the flame to minimum and pour the batter to halfway in each hole. Click to see the picture. Top each paniyaram with 1/2 tsp chopped carrot and let it get cooked. Cook covered or in open. (I prefer putting a lid to ensure uniform cooking). We can see the paniyaram getting cooked, by the golden color appearing in the edges. Flip using a skewer or fork (I use a spoon and fork). Take out and serve immediately.

Serving suggestion:
Makes a breakfast or snack with tea or dinner or appetizer.
Makes almost 21 paniyaram .
Serve with coconut chutney.

Click to read my kaara paniyaram recipe from scratch.
I used left over dosa batter (5 days old) in this recipe.
Do everything in low heat. It may take a little while but that is the only way to get whole fluffy paniyaram.
Non stick pans work the best. But I have used a pan similar to traditional thick paniyaram pan.
For the first round it may require more oil to fry, but it will take very lesser in the next batches.
Tastes the best when it is very hot.


Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and mouthwatering paniyarams.

Unknown said...

Delicious and healthy paniyaram. Lovely view from the window!

Unknown said...

this is a healthy paniyaram.

Priya Suresh said...

Carrot paniyarams looks super healthy, an excellent dish to enjoy anytime of the day,beautiful view too.

Chitra said...

Looks mouthwatering !! i want it now :)

My World My Home said...

Carrot paniyaram looks delicious & healthy... :-)

Babitha said...

lovely paniyaram,love the snow fall

Unknown said...

delicious paniyaram,very healthy too...

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Rafeeda AR said...

yummy paniyaram... love that view from the kitchen, beautiful...

Divya A said...

That looks super good Viki :) The view from your window is so pleasant :)

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Asiya Omar said...

Looks delicious and nice clicks..

Nava K said...

Nice way of incorporating carrots. That so tempting and am enjoyed reading the ingredients used and the outcome too.

Julie said...

healthy paniyaram,guilt free snack!!
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Healthy and yummy paniyaram.
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My Food Express said...

Carrot Paniyarams looks super delicious.

Purabi Naha said...

Oh, this paniyaram is LOVELY! This looks like something I must try. The recipe is great and I loved the picture!!

Hema said...

Paniyarams look so fluffy and delicious..