Vella Paniyaram and a Chettinad Breakfast Spread

Sunday Breakfast at our place is a huge deal and although we don’t indulge in a mini meal kind of spread every week, it is usually a good spread of either Parathas or South Indian Breakfast with both Chutney (sometimes 1-2 varieties of chutney) & sambhar included (that makes it pretty elaborate!!) along with Idli + Dosa+ Pongal, isnt it 🙂 One such spread we indulge in sometimes is this


Today we have a rather elaborate Chettinad type breakfast that my family enjoyed a lot. The filter coffee is conspicuously missing in this picture, but it was part of the menu too !  


Enjoy this virtual spread with Idli, Vada, Thinai Dosa, Vella Paniyaram (sweet dumplings filled with melted jaggery), Nool puttu (or Idiyappam), Chettinad Khara Chutney, Tiffin sambhar and Kothamalli Chutney.

Today I shall be giving the recipes of only the Vella Paniyaram. Recipes for IdliVada are already shared on this blog. Nool Puttu, Thinai Dosa, Chettinad Khara Chutney and Tiffin Sambhar and Kothamalli Chutney are also already shared.

For the linguistically challenged, there is a lot of difference between Vella Paniyaram (aka Inippu Paniyaram or sweet paniyaram) and Vellai Paniyaram (Vellai means White colour) – both are from Chettinad cuisine but are made differently.


For the Vella Paniyaram (Vellam in Tamil means Jaggery), you would need:

Makes : 16 – 18 paniyarams

  • Idli rice – 1/2 cup
  • Normal short grained rice – ½ cup
  • Urad dal  – 1/3 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds / methi seeds – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1/8 tsp
  • Jaggery – ¼ cup (or little less)
  • Grated coconut – 1 TBSP
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Oil / ghee – to shallow fry the paniyaram


Soak both rice varieties with fenugreek seeds for 6-7 hours. Soak Urad dal for 3-4 hours. Grind them separately into a slightly thickish dosa batter. Mix well with salt and let it ferment overnight.

 In the morning, beat the batter well and mix to uniform consistency. Take a portion of the batter (about 5-6 ladles for the paniyaram). The rest can be used to make Idli / Dosa

To the batter portioned out, add coarsely powdered jaggery, a pinch of soda (totally optional), jaggery liquid, cardamom powder, grated coconut and mix well. Heat the paniyaram pan well and spoon this into the greased moulds. Let it cook well on one side (I usually cover it lightly to let steam do its trick). Now gently flip over to the other side, and let it cook till slightly browned and crispy. Add ½ tsp oil more if required.  Serve hot.



  1. awesome spread…

  2. vaishali sabnani

    Wow what a spread's tempting me to dig in…looks absolutely gorgeous. The jaggery filled paniyaram sounds yum…will wait for your other recipes.

  3. Feel like inviting myself to enjoy this fabulous platter, wat a droolworthy breakfast, my mouth is watering here..

  4. cookingwithsapana

    Wow the whole spread looks tempting.I would do anything to get this breakfast .Lovely paniyaram.

  5. That's really such a wonderful spread you got there kalyani..great efforts..everything looks so sinful and I love chettinad dishes..

  6. Loving that spread. And coming to those paniyarams, it sounds like a dessert and probably I would love to have them without those side dishes.

  7. Love that platter totally Kalyani.I too love chettinad dishes a lot.

  8. Paniyaarams are my favorite err I would say the entire chetinad cuisine.

  9. MySpicyKitchen

    That is quite a spread for breakfast. Everything looks delicious

  10. Chettinad breakfast looks awesome. Vella paniyaram look very tasty.

  11. The Pumpkin Farm

    when o when did you make this fantastic fare…this is so awesome…and beautifuly spread , i have to pull out my appam maker out now…

  12. Sneha's Recipe

    A nice spread, inviting too.

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