The intermittent rains might trigger the panic button among Chennaiites these days but that doesn’t really deter us from cravings. As the rains patter steadily against the glass panes, there is this urge of savouring a plate of hot bhajjis or Kuzhi paniyarams and wash it down with a cup of chai or filter coffee. They are supposed to be Chettinad specialty but have now become an integral part of tiffin culture in the city. Made with batter comprising of rice and lentil, these paniyarams are made both as sweet and savoury version for breakfast or as a snack for the evening. Rice and lentils are soaked and the batter is ground and fermented before seasoning with onions and green chillies for the savoury version. The sweet version is made with jaggery. If you are looking out for places to try out these delicious paniyarams in the city, we will make it easier for you. Here are four places that serve great kuzhi paniyaram:
Murugan Idly Shop
While the place is obviously a haven for idly lovers, not many would know that it serves absolutely mind-numbing kuzhi paniyaram. It is slightly crispy outside and soft inside. Just the way it should be. Served along with their trademark chutneys, it can surely make your day.
Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant
Another restaurant chain that swears by the vegetarian fare it serves. Walk in on a weekday evening and chances are high that you will find most people sipping their coffee with a plate of paniyaram. Many even have it for breakfast in the morning. The paniyarams are fresh and tasty. Go for it!
The Grand Sweets & Snacks
The popular sweet and savoury shop that started in 1982 has been known for its delicious sweets and savoury items. It serves absolutely delicious kuzhi paniyaram. On any given day in the morning, you will find patrons polishing off plates of paniyaram at most outlets.
This chain is the newest kid on the block. Unlike many others, they serve both sweet and spicy paniyaram, which means that you can eat it during your meal and also after as a dessert. The sweet version dripping with jaggery is a huge hit already and finds many takers.