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Vellai Paniyaram and Milagai Chutney – Chettinad Special Combo

I have heard a lot about it, but never tasted it. The minute I hear the word Paniyaram, it reminds me of the movie Roja, where there is a mention of this Vellai Paniyaram. So when I saw this dish among the few that Valli had suggested for us to make, I decided to try it.
Prep Time4 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Entree, Kids Friendly, Lunch Box Recipes
Cuisine: Asian, Indian, South Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 20 Piece
Calories: 57kcal


  • bowl
  • pan
  • spatula


  • 1 cup Raw rice a little less than 1 cup
  • 3 tablespoon Ullutham paruppu/urad dal to make up for the rest of the cup above the rice
  • to taste Salt
  • 3-4 tablespoon Milk


  • 1 small Onion Roughly chopped
  • 2 Tomato Roughly chopped
  • 4-5 Red chili
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Ullutham paruppu
  • few Curry leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon Asafetida
  • to taste Salt



  • Measure out the rice and Ullutham paruppu. Like I mentioned, this is how people measure them for perfect texture. Fill the cup measure with rice almost filled up to the top but not all the way top. Now fill the remaining part with the ullutham paruppu. Just to make it easier, I measure out how much paruppu it takes and it was about 3 tbsp.
  • Soak them both together for about 3-4 hours. Then grind it into a smooth batter adding enough salt. The consistency of the batter should be similar to thin dosa batter. To make up for the consistency add few tablespoons of milk.
  • Heat the oil to deep fry the paniyram in medium flame. Now take a ladleful of batter and pour it into the oil. The paniyaram will begin to float up right away. Now using the strainer ladle, pour oil gently over the cooking paniyaram. This will give it the nice leafy, crinkly border. Once the paniyaram puff up and come up, turn it over and cook for about 10 seconds on the other side. Do not fry it longer than that because it would change the color of the paniyaram. Also it is very important to adjust the temperature of the oil. If the oil is too cold, it will make the paniyarm stick to the bottom. Too hot of an oil could roast and change the color of the paniyaram.
  • Drain the paniyarm on an absorbent towel and serve hot with the milagai chutney!


  • Grind the onion, tomato, red chili and garlic in the blender to make a coarse paste.
  • Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and ullutham paruppu and let it fry for a minute. Now add the curry leaves and the asafetida and fry for few seconds.
  • Add the ground mixture and mix well. Let it boil well until the raw smell disappears and the chutney thickens. Now add the required salt and let it cook for few more minutes. Take it off the flame and serve with the Paniyaram.
  • Enjoy!!!


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 192IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg