Masala Appe Recipe - Maple Paniyaram!

Does making dosa idli batter at home mean a whole week of just idlis and dosas for breakfast? This is the true story of every Indian household. Here is some good news, there are other fantastic breakfast and snack recipes that you can make with this batter and your family will love it even more! Masala Appe is one such simple recipe that is simply delicious with a side of chutney or even a dollop of butter. It is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast dish that also goes by the names Paniyaram or Kuzhi Appam down South. Think of them as bite-sized hybrids between a dosa and idli. The best of both worlds, if you may.Follow this easy step by step recipe to make delicious masala appe with your fresh, homemade dosa idli batter.

Masala Appe Info:

Prep Time

15 Mins

Cook Time

10 Mins

Total Time

25 Mins




Breakfast or Snack

Masala Appe Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of dosa idli batter
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 7-8 finely chopped curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chillies
  • Oil as required
  • Salt to taste

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • In a large bowl, mix the dosa idli batter, curry leaves, ginger, green chillies, chopped coriander, and salt. Make sure that they are all evenly mixed.
  • In a small pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add the asafoetida, cumin seeds, and mustard seeds. When the mustard stops spluttering, turn the heat off. Make sure you maintain a low flame to prevent the seeds from burning.
  • Pour this seasoning into the idli dosa batter and mix well.
  • Grease an appe pan with oil. You can buy an appe pan in any utensil store or order one online.
  • Add one tablespoon of the batter into each hole. You need to make sure that the idli dosa batter does not fill the holes as the appes will rise once they are cooked.
  • Cover the appe pan with a lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • You will notice that the batter will leave the sides and the appe will become loose. This is an indication that the bottom is cooked.
  • Now, using a spoon or a skewer flip every appe and cover it with the lid again.
  • Let the appe cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • When the surface is golden brown, your appes are ready to eat.
  • Repeat this process if you have any more dosa idli batter left.

Appes taste great with any chutney. But commonly curry leaves chutney or chutney powder with a generous topping of oil is served with hot and crispy appes. You can even add chopped veggies of your choice to the batter for a healthier version of the masala appe. Add grated carrots and finely chopped tomatoes. This makes a tasty and wholesome breakfast that your entire family will love.