Kuzhi Paniyaram (as it is known in Tamil Nadu) is a delicious South Indian dish made by steaming batter in a mould. It can be made in the same mould that makes your idli, but the ingredients that go into the batter is different. The batter is made of black lentils and rice and made in the same way that the batter is made for idli and dosa. And the paniyarams can be made either sweet or spicy, depending on whether you add jiggery or chillies to your batter.
Depending on where you are in South India, the dish is called different things. In Karnataka, it’s known as paddu, but the taste and method is the same. With Madras Day right around the corner, it makes sense for us to focus on a delicious Tamilian dish that you need to try right away. And to make it easier for you, here are some places in Chennai that you can get your hands on some paniyaram.
This is a name that is well known to everyone, not just in India too, it’s a popular chain of restaurants all over the world. Founded in 1981, you can get some of the best paniyarams in this restaurant, no matter which part of the world you’re in.
Started in 1982, this restaurant has pretty much everything that you can think of in terms of food from all over South India. Whether it’s Indian sweets or street food or things like paniyaram, Grand Sweets is one of the most famous and popular spots in Chennai.
Founded in Coimbatore, Sri Krishna Sweets is famous for their delicious Mysorepak, but like other South Indian restaurants, they also have paniyaram on their menu, because how could you not add one of the most popular dishes?
As the name suggests this restaurant franchise specializes in idli, but they also have other great vegetarian options. Whatever meal you’re in the mood for, Murugan Idli is open and make sure you get a plate of paniyaram with your meal.
They serve both sweet and spicy paniyaram, which means that you can eat it during your meal and also after as a dessert. There is absolutely nothing better than delicious warm paniyaram dripping with jaggery after lunch.
Namma Veedu Vasantha Bhavan
They are famous for their South Indian breakfasts, because how can you go wrong with warm idlis and crisp dosas served with chutney and sambar? But, add a plate of paniyaram and it makes all the difference to the meal.
Another famous restaurant in the south of India is Sangeetha and what they specialize in is delicious breakfast all day. Oh and let’s not forget their filter coffee. And if that’s not what you want, you can swing by for a cup of coffee and a plate of paniyaram and your day is made. Trust us.