KUZZHI PANIYARAM/ PANCAKE PUFFS
These bite size carb-y-snacks which are a sure shot way to nirvana on the road, in the roadside stalls with the music blaring to make the Ustad’s of the world give a run for their money,are one of the favorites among the street foods of Tamilnadu,India.They are made basically from pulses(black lentils) and rice.There are numerous versions of it,basically belonging to the spicy or the sweet kind.These snacks can be had as breakfast or as an evening snack on a rainy day.The name”Kuzzhi” means circular depressions on a pan,”Paniyaram” is the name given to the snack itself…..hence the name “Kuzzhi Paniyaram” in Tamil,while they are called by different names like “appa”,”guliappa”,”guntu pongadalu” in different states in India.They can very well be a fortunate blunder between its sister snack Idli and the crispy Dosa,since its crispy like the “dosa” on the outside & soft like the “Idli” on the inside.These make for great long distance travel or a quick picnic snack too.
On exploring further on this exciting culinary journey,I was also enlightened about its cousins around the world.Their Dutch cousins are called”Poffertjes”which are super popular in summer fairs,so are their Danish cousins”Aebleskiver”which are similar light & fluffy pancake puffs.They probably are popular because of the crispy taste & the instant gratification they deliver as seen among their Hong Kong street cousins who are called “Eggetes” which are bubbly yummy waffles,while they are called”Tokoyaki” in Japan,when they contain grilled octopus in them . They are called “Popovers” in America basically made with eggbatter in muffin tins………either way their popularity as a snack is universal.The main ingredients being batter made of rice, buckwheat or egg and cooked on a special iron cast pan with depressions in them.
The one featured here is the spicy version of Kuzzhi paniyaram which can be had with any chutney or just plain eaten as such.(I made the Coriander chutney to go with it, you can substitute with any other chutney or curry too!)
Some links to my published recipes on Paniyaram are :
The links below are some of my previously published chutney recipes, for your interest :