ONION PANIYARAM (Gunta Ponganalu)

Left over Idly batter at home?!No worries!try onion Paniyarams for a change..and you will definitely get hooked!!


  • Idly batter - about  3 cups 
  • Onions - 2 -finely chopped 
  • Green Chilles - 2 to 3 finely chopped
  • Ginger (grated) - about  ½ inch 
  • Asafoetida(Hing) - a pinch
  • Black pepper - ½ tsp 
  • Red chili powder(optional)
  • Curry leaves - few sprigs
  • Grated coconut - 2 Tbsp
  • salt if required
  • Take a mixing bowl and add  all the ingredients with the Idly batter.

  • Add little salt if necessary and mix well.
  • Heat the paniyaram tava ready.(it should be heated up before)

  • Grease the tava with a few drops of oil.
  • Once it is hot,take a table spoon of the batter and fill about ¾ of the paniyaram mould.


  • Drizzle little oil and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on a low or medium flame.(Close it with a lid for faster cooking)
  • After few minutes turn each paniyaram with the help of a spoon.
  • Now allow the other side to get cooked .(make sure you cook in medium flame,otherwise the insides of the paniyaram will not be cooked well)
  • Remove the cooked paniyarams  when they turn golden brown and transfer them in to a bowl.This way paniyarams can be made in several batches.
  • Serve with chutney pudi or coconut chutney while it is still hot!Enjoy!

Serving size: about 15 paniyarams