Making the same old dosa, idli, roti everyday gets boring sometimes. Tonight, I wanted to try something different..easy and yummy… My kids were excited to see the small appams or idlis as they referred to it. They both couldn’t wait to taste it.

You may require..

To make it even more easier, you can buy Dosa/idli batter from store. Or make your own batter at home.

Appam pan

Gingelly oil

For garnish, one tsp gingelly oil, 1tsp mustard, 1 tsp urid dal, 1/4th tsp asafoetida.

Chop 2-3 green chillies, 2 onions, a few curry leaves, a small piece ginger and a few corriander leaves.

Salt to taste.

How to proceed

Take a pan, add 1tsp oil and mustard seeds, urid dal and once it splutters and asafoetida. Saute for half a minute and add the chopped onions, chillies, ginger, curry leaves and corriander leaves. Add salt and saute till they turn pink. Take the pan off gas and add the garnish to the batter.

The consistency of the batter should be the same as that of idli batter.


Add salt to taste…remember that the garnish also has salt!! The batter is ready now.

Now time to make the yummy paniyarams. Heat the appam pan and add a drop of oil.. mine is a non stick pan, so very little oil was sufficient.


Fill 3/4th of each hole with the batter and let it cook. Once the bottom comes clean, turn the side and let it cook too. Remove the paniyarams and serve hot with coconut chutney or Pudina chutney. Repeat for the remaining batter.