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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Guntha Ponganalu / Paniyaram

Ponganalu is a sought after breakfast / evening snack in my home as majority of us love it. This used to be one of my favorite breakfasts while growing up and now, I see my son and and my nieces showing same enthusiasm towards it. In fact, I haven't come across anyone, whether they are kids / adults who would refuse fluffy ponganalu, when offered. I have 3 specific recipes for ponganalu which I keep rotating and they all yield really super fluffy, yummy ponganalu. However, I keep recycling leftover idli batter now and then to ponganalu as my son and I love prefer those over idli any given day.

2 cups freshly fermented / left over idli batter
1 onion - peeled and finely chopped
Salt (only if it was not added to the batter before.)
2 tsp. oil
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. chana dal / split chickpeas
1 tsp. urad dal / split black gram
Few minced curry leaves 
* Heat oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds, urad and chana dals to the oil. When dals start turning reddish, add the minced curry leaves.
* Add this tadka and minced onion to the fermented batter and mix well.
* Heat the ponganalu skillet and add a few drops of oil in each mould. Then fill them with batter.
* Cover the skillet with a lid. Lower the heat and cook until the batter doesn't appear raw on the surface. Or use a skewer and gently lift to check the bottom to notice if any golden brown spots formed.
* If golden brown spots are formed, add a drop or two of oil on the surface of each of the ponganalu and flip them using a flat spoon/skewer. Cook until the other side lightly browns as well.
* Repeat the process with the remaining batter. Serve them warm with a chutney of your choice.  
* They store well in refrigerator for 2- 3 days. And they freeze well too for a handy breakfast on a busy work day.

This is going to be my contribution to 
1. Kids' Delight event under the theme 'Breakfast for Kids', hosted by Nisha.
2. Blogging marathon #67



Srividhya Gopalakrishnan said...

This is great.. With idli batter we can prepare zillion recipes naa.. great share.

Priya Suresh said...

Would like to finish that whole bowl without any fuss rite now, those guntha ponganalu are inviting me.

Pavani N said...

Yummy looking ponganalu Suma. Great way to use up the leftover idli batter.

Harini-Jaya R said...

I make these the same way. This post reminded me that I have not posted this in my blog :)