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Mushroom Paniyaram | Mushroom Kuzhi Paniyaram

Lunch Box special - Kid’s friendly Tamil Nadu Delicacy - Mild and delicate, protein rich Mushroom Kuzhi Paniyaram.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: tiffin
Cuisine: TamilNadu
Servings: 4
Author: Srividhya G


  • Idli/Dosa batter - 2 cups
  • Brown Bella Mushrooms - 5 oz
  • Chopped Onion - 1/2 cup
  • Chopped Cilantro - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - 5 to 7
  • Oil - 2 tsps + required oil/ghee for preparing paniyarams
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal - 1 tsp
  • Channa Dal - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Dagad phool powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder - 1/2 Tsp


Prep - Work

  • Clean and chop the bella mushrooms finely.
  • Chop the onion, cilantro and set aside.
  • Make sure you the idli/dosa batter is at room temperature.

Preparing the Mushroom Masala

  • Heat the kadai and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal and curry leaves.
  • As the mustard seeds, start to splutter, add the chopped onions and cook until translucent.
  • Then add the chopped mushroom and all the spice powders (garam masala, pepper powder, dagad phool powder) and salt.
  • Mix it well and cover and cook for two minutes. Do not add water, as mushroom oozes out water.
  • Then remove the lid and cook until all the water evaporates.
  • Finally, add the chopped cilantro and mix well.
  • Let this mix cool a bit.

Preparing the Paniyarams

  • Add the prepared mushroom masala to the paniyaram batter and mix well.
  • Heat the appe/paniyaram pan and add oil to each mold.
  • Once it is hot, fill 3/4 of the mold with the mushroom masala batter and let it cook for a minute.
  • Using the paniyaram stick, flip the paniyarams and let it cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Then carefully remove it from appe pan. Prepare paniyarams in a similar way with the remaining batter.
  • Serve hot with chutney or with ketchup. ;-)


  • I did not add any red chili powder. If required and if your kid likes the spicy flavor, add a green chili or red chili powder as per your preference.
  • Dagad Phool Powder adds a subtle flavor, but if you cannot source it, add more garam masala.
  • Adjust the salt and spice as per your preference.
  • This paniyaram takes a bit longer to cook when compared to the regular paniyaram. After flipping and after 45 secs, you can insert a toothpick to check if it's cooked.
  • I used brown bella mushrooms, but you can use white also.