Urad dhal-1/2 cup
Rice - 1 tbsp
( I used sona masoori rice,adding rice is optional)
Salt a pinch
Whole milk-1 cup
Coconut milk-1 cup
( I used the tin)
Sugar - 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp
Saffron-a pinch (optional)
Wash and soak dal & rice together for 2 hours.
Drain the water and grind it with a pinch of salt to a smooth thick batter.
Heat oil in a pan drop small balls with a spoon & fry them till light brown on all sides.Do not fry till they are crisp.Then they may not soak well in the milk.
Remove on a kitchen towel keep it aside.
Boil the whole milk and let it cool.Take a bowl add the milk,coconut milk,sugar and cardamom powder.Mix till sugar has completely dissolved.
Now add the warm fried paniyarams & leave it to soak for 20 minutes.
Garnish with saffron strands and serve them cold or warm.
a) Grind the dal in wet grinder for a smooth thick batter.
b) Add sugar according to your taste.
c) Fresh coconut milk always gives a better taste.
d) You can make this ahead and soak the paniyaram just before guest arrives to save time.
e) If you have fried it crisp don't worry add the paniyarams to hot water for couple minutes.Then squeeze out the water and add to the milk (As we do it for dahi vada).
f) My mom never used rice in this recipe just the urad dal batter.
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