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The Kuzhi paniyaram (Tamil: Kuzhi paniyaram)ಪಡ್ಡು-Paddu (Kannada) Guntha Ponganalu (Telugu) is a Tamil dish made by steaming batter — traditionally made from pulses (specifically black lentils) and rice using a mould. The batter used is the same as that for idli and dosa. Kuzhi paniyarams can be made sweet or spicy. The spicy version has sautéed onions and green chillies mixed with the batter. Kuzhi paniyarams used to be made for eating on long distance trips without the use of a refrigerator.
A kuzhi paniyaram pan usually comes with 7 holes. Special chokka (colloquialism for "shirt") Kuzhi paniyarams are usually sweet and are doughnut shaped. The pan for sweet chokka paniyaram comes with just three holes (for three pieces). Each of the 3 holes have one post each to create the hole for the doughnut shape. Turning the second side for cooking and ensuring the doughnut shape properly needs more practice.
Kuzhi paniyaram is known by various names in Southern India, including paddu, appe, guliappa, gulittu, gundponglu, ponganalu, and gunta pongadalu.
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