Keerai Paniyaram - Tastier and Healthier Appe!

South Indian cuisine is loved and appreciated by people all over the world. Keerai Paniyaram is one such dish that is immensely popular not only among native South Indians but also among Indians and foreigners residing in the different parts of the world. This dish is also referred to as appe but is a healthier version of regular appe. It is made using leftover dosa idli batter, with greens added to it. Here, we bring you easy and quick to make Keerai Paniyaram recipes. Health-conscious people love adding healthy ingredients to their meals. This recipe is the best way to add green veggies replete with essential nutrients and vitamins to your meals. If your kids are fussy eaters, then this dish is for them! Prepare this dish, and you will be surprised to see them smacking their lips, and not only enjoying healthy appe but asking for more. The name Keerai Paniyaram is given to it because keerai, stuffing, or vegetable puree is added to it. Many people also use finely minced Amaranthus, also known as arai keerai in Tamil in this recipe. This left-over dosa idli batter dish has a lot of scope for improvisations, and any type of greens can be added to it.

Keerai Paniyaram Info:

Prep Time

5 Mins

Cook Time

20 Mins

Total Time

25 Mins





Keerai Paniyaram Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Idli Dosa Batter
  • 1 Cup Keerai/ Any Green vegetable/ Amaranthus
  • 1 tbsp Oil for the batter
  • 1 tbsp oil for cooking
  • 3/4 Cup Mustard
  • 1/4 Cup Onions
  • 1/2 Tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper Powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • A pinch of Asafetida

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Take keerai as per measurement and take it in a mixer.
  • Pulse churn it 2-3 times.
  • Keep it aside for a while.
  • Take oil in a wok.
  • Heat it and temper with urad dal and mustard seeds.
  • Add finely chopped onions and sauté until golden brown.
  • Add pulsed keerai to the wok and continue sautéing.
  • Add pepper powder and salt and mix well.
  • Take dosa idli batter and whisk it lightly until smooth.
  • Ensure there are no lumps in the batter.
  • Add keerai mixture to the batter.
  • Mix the mixture well until everything is properly combined.
  • Take the paniyaram or appe pan and heat it.
  • Drizzle a few drops of oil in its mould or holes.
  • Pour the mixture batter evenly into each hole.
  • Allow the batter to get perfectly cooked.
  • Turn it using a spoon and ensure it gets cooked on both sides.
  • Cook until golden brown.
  • Plate it on a serving plate.
  • Serve hot with tomato or coconut chutney.

This is the basic recipe of Keerai paniyaram. You can add fresh coriander leaves, green chilis, and any green leafy vegetable to the batter for amazing taste and flavour.
Calorie-conscious people would love sinking their teeth into soft, fluffy, and healthy Keerai paniyaram as it gives just 141 calories. 14 g fats, 5-gram carbs, and 1-gram protein in these green appes make it a healthy choice for people who are watching their weight.
Keerai paniyaram can also be enjoyed as an evening snack. Serve it piping hot with delectable chutneys and enjoy the tasteful dish melting away in your mouth.