Vella Paniyaram and a Chettinad Breakfast Spread | How to make Inippu Paniyaram or Vella Paniyaram or Sweet Paniyaram

we step into the last few posts of the BM Buffet, cant believe the run is
almost over for this mega marathon. Combo Meals, Condiments, Breakfast, Indian
Spread – the journey has been a great ride !!


a few missed posts due to personal constraints, I have managed to post a decent
spread so far. 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 tooJ 


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 Hotel Style Sambhar and Kothamalli Chutney shall soon follow as individual posts later.

Chettinad cuisine is the cuisine of
the Chettinad
 of Tamil Nadu state
in South India.
The Chettiar community,
who are a majority in this region, are a very successful trading community.
Chettinad cuisine is one of the spiciest and the most aromatic in India.

Chettinad cuisine is famous for its use of a
variety of spices used in preparing mainly non-vegetarian food. The dishes are
hot and pungent with fresh ground masalas,
and topped with a boiled egg that is usually considered
essential part of a meal.They also use a variety of sun dried meats and
salted vegetables, reflecting the dry environment of the region. The meat is
restricted to fish, prawn, lobster, crab, chicken and lamb. Chettiars do not eat
beef and pork.Most of the dishes are eaten with rice and rice
based accompaniments such as dosaisappamsidiyappamsadais and idlis. The Chettinad
people through their mercantile contacts with Burma, learnt to prepare a
type of rice pudding made with sticky red rice.Chettinad cuisine offers a variety of
vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Some of the popular vegetarian dishes
include idiyappampaniyaram, vellai
paniyaram, karuppatti paniyaram, paal paniyaram, kuzhi
paniyaram, kozhakattai,( I know it’s all tongue twisting names) , athirasam etc  – Source : wiki

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


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

: 16 – 18 paniyarams

rice – 1/2 cup

short grained rice – ½ cup

dal  – 1/3 cup

seeds / methi seeds – 1 tsp

– to taste

– ¼ cup (or little less)

coconut – 1 TBSP

powder – ½ tsp

/ ghee – to shallow fry the paniyaram



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

the batter portioned out, add coarsely powdered jaggery, a pinch of soda
(totally optional), 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


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  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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