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As I mentioned earlier in Vellai Paniyaram post, they are always accompanied with red chili chutney. As paniyaram is just made with rice and a bit of urad dal , it is quite bland and requires something spicy to be accompanied πŸ™‚



Small Onion/Red Pearl onions : 20 to 25 (You can use shallots or red onions as well)

Tomato : 1/2 of a large

Garlic : 2 pods

Red Chili : 3 ( normally we add around 6, you can reduce it to 2 as well)

Oil : 1 tablespoon (normally we add more than 2 tablespoons, I have reduced it)

Mustard seeds : 1/4 teaspoon

Urad dal : 1/4 teaspoon

Curry Leaves : Few

Salt : as needed

Water : as needed


  • Chop red pearl onions, tomato, garlic. Add red chili with these. Grind it to a fine or coarse paste with required water.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and urad dal when hot.
  • When it crackles, add curry leaves.
  • Now pour the ground paste.
  • Add salt to it and let it get cooked.
  • It might splutter, so cover it with lid.
  • Cook till all the water content gets dehydrated. It takes around 30 mins to dehydrate.

Serve with paniayaram , idli or dosa.