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Spicy Paddu or Paniyaram


Paddu comes in many flavors – sweet, spicy or masala as in the current Paddu recipe and the regular one prepared out of regular Dosa batter. Many at home, specially the younger ones, prefer Paddu/Paniyaram over Dosa and I know many people who prepare it when they have prepared Dosa the previous day and have enough left over batter in the refrigerator.

People love it when Paddu is crispy and hot. Add spice/masala to it and you have a winner. Do have a look at Sweet Paddu/Paniyaram recipe posted by me earlier to see a variant of Paddu. Then there is also the regular Paddu/Paniyaram that I more often prepare.

Paddu is known by various names like Appe, Guliappa, Paniyaram, Gulittu, Gundponglu, Gunta Pangana, Gunta Pongadalu etc. in Southern parts of India. In Karnataka, we know it by name Guliappa or Paddu.

Spicy Paddu or Paniyaram
Spicy Paddu or Paniyaram
Spicy Paddu/Paniyaram Ingredients:

  • Dosa Rice – 1 cup
  • Urad Dal / White Lentils – 1/4 cup
  • Bengal Gram / Channa Dal – 2 tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds / Methi – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds / Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Coriander Seeds / Dhaniya – 1 tsp
  • Red Chillies – 5-6
  • Curry Leaves – 8-10
  • Finely chopped Onion – 1
  • Salt

Soaking Time : 4-5 hrs

Fermentation Time : 8hrs or overnight

Time to Prepare: 6-8 mins for each batch

How to Make Spicy Paddu/Paniyaram:

  1. Soak Dosa Rice, Urad Dal/White Lentils, Bengal Gram/Channa Dal, Fenugreek Seeds/Methi in water for 4-5 hours.
  2. Grind soaked ingredients with Cumin Seeds/Jeera, Coriander Seeds/Dhaniya, Red Chillies, Curry Leaves and Salt with water in a mixer grinder to a smooth paste like you would for Dosa or Paddu batter.
  3. Finally add finely chopped Onions to this batter and leave the batter to ferment overnight or atleast for 4-5 hours. Now the Paddu/Paniyaram Batter is ready as in the image below.
    Spicy Paddu/Paniyaram Batter
    Spicy Paddu/Paniyaram Batter
  4. Heat the Paddu/Paniyaram Pan and grease all moulds with oil. Now slowly pour the batter into each of the moulds with the help of ladle/table spoon. For best results, the Paddu batter should be filled to almost 3/4 of the mould as shown in image below.
    Spicy Paddu or Paniyaram Preparation
    Spicy Paddu or Paniyaram Preparation
  5. Reduce the heat to medium and leave the batter to cook well for 3 minutes by closing the lid. Do not close the lid while cooking if you need the Paddu/Paniyaram to be crispy (preferred by many) . Once cooked on one side, flip the Paddu over to the other side and cook the other side in low flame for 2 min while you pour a little oil into the mould again as required. Once cooked on both sides, remove the cooked Paddu/Paniyaram from the pan.

Serve Spicy Paddu/Paniyaram hot with Coconut Chutney or Chutney Powder.


  1. Wow, Paniyaram chatti is very versatile one. We can use in many recipes. I am dying to have this Paniyaram pan and it’s not easy to find here. Your paddu looks so inviting and making me hungry Hema. 🙂


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