Masala Appe/Paniyaram

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Description: MASALA APPE/PANIYARAM is a very popular South Indian healthy snack. Appes are dumplings made from either rice & urad dal batter, idli or semolina batter. Best part about these appes is that these can be made instantly and can be served for snack or breakfast. They can be made plain, spiced or sweet and are crispy from outside and soft from within. Very easy to make if you have leftover idli batter at home and by just adding the vegetables, spices etc. in the batter. Here, I have perked up semolina batter with some veggies, ginger, curry leaves, green chillies, etc. for that delicious flavour and amazing texture. You require a special cookware – Appe pan/ Ebleskiver Pan with moulds in it; these are available on Amazon.

Servings 20 Appes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups semolina coarse
  • 2/3 cup yoghurt
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 tsp chana dal
  • few curry leaves
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped or granted
  • ½ capsicum, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp coconut, grated
  • 2 tbsp coriander finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda.

Instructions

  • Mix semolina, curd, salt and water forming a smooth batter. Allow to rest for 20 minutes until the rava absorbs the water.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and few curry leaves. Add chilli, ginger paste and saute well. Add onion, carrot and capsicum and let the vegetables cook well (You can use any vegetables of your choice).
  • On low flame, add and roast coconut for 2-3 minutes. Transfer this vegetables-coconut mixture to semolina batter. Further, add coriander leaves and mix well.
  • Just before preparing appe, add a pinch of baking soda and combine well.
  • Heat the appe pan and add few drops of oil inside the holes. Add a tbsp of semolina batter in each hole. Cover the pan and cook for 3/4 minutes until base of appe turns golden brown. Flip it over to the other side using a spoon and cook on low heat until the other side turns golden brown too. Serve hot with peanut, coriander or coconut chutney. (Serve immediately otherwise Appes tend to turn soggy).
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