Go Back
Print Pin
0 from 0 votes

Sweet Potato Nei Paniyaram

A South Indian breakfast or snack recipe. Paniyaram can be sweet or savory, sharing the sweet version made with idli batter, jaggery and sweet potatoes. Yumm.


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 2-3 methi seeds
  • 1 cup sweet potato puran Refer Sweet Potato Puran Poli recipe
  • Or add 2-3 sweet potatoes 1 cup toasted coconut and 1.5 cups jaggery powder
  • Ghee for frying
  • Honey for garnish


  • Soak rice, methi seeds and urad dal for 2 hours. Drain the water and grind to a smooth batter consistency. Add the puran to the batter. If puran is not available, then add boiled and mashed sweet potatoes and jaggery powder to the batter. Mix it and let the batter rest overnight.
  • The next day, add toasted coconut and give the batter a good mix and begin to make the nei paniyaram. There is a reason why it is called nei paniyaram. Nei means ghee in Tamil. So these paniyaram is made in ghee. Heat the appe pan, fill the holes halfway with ghee. Pour batter in each hole and cook it covered for a minute or two. Keep checking to not burn it.
  • Cook both sides evenly. Take it off the pan and place them on a paper towel to soak the excess oil. Drizzle some honey over it and serve warm.