There are few festive dishes which we simply cant do without during those special days. If we don't make them, then it simply does not bring about the mood. Gone were the days when a whole cartload of sweets were prepared by our ancestors and devoured countless by young and old alike without a second thought to health issues. unfortunately its simply not so now. "Dieting" is the fashion which has managed to sustain for a long time now in the recent years and by the looks of it, its not going to be become oblivion soon.
Obesity, Cholesterol, BP,Diabetes are common words now. So with such a scenario, making sweets on an elaborate scale has long disappeared. So what can we do about it? Make low calorie sweets of course! Something which we wont end up feeling too guilty eating.I have been using the Kuzhi Paniyaram Pan for various reasons, mostly for reasons other than making paniyarams! If you dont have those, its time to buy it - A similar is also available in the US under the name of Pancake Puff Pan.
Heat the Paniyaram Pan/Puff Pan with 1-2 tsp of vegetable oil.
Edited: It uses a total of 1-2 tsp of oil. In each section about 1/4 tsp of oil should do. Try one with this measurement and adjust accordingly to your preferences.
I made this appam for Krishna Jayanthi. I used the exact recipe but deep fried the appams. It came out very well, the colour, taste etc. It was a little less sweet than I had expected. Is it supposed to be like that or it depends on the sweetness level of the jaggery?
The jaggery I used was the jaggery powder from NIRAV brand.
Here is the picture..
Yes the sweetness does depend on the type of jaggery. But then I personally feel that Neyyappam does not have the "standard" level of sweetness which many other Indian sweets enjoy :)
See this link http://www.amazon.com/Pancake-Puffs-Cast-Iron-Set/dp/B00114LC06
I assumed that the pictures would show that it was on a stove top - my bad! :) Yes stove top - medium heat --DK