Barley is very good for lowering bad cholesterol, it has lot of fiber, it helps reduce blood sugar level, good for weight loss etc. I always prepare paniyaram with lots of onion, cumin seeds, curry leaves, coriander leaves and asafoetida, which gives nice flavor and aroma to the paniyaram.
Serves 4 to 5
For making batter:
- 1 cup – Barley
- 1 cup – Idli rice
- 1/2 cup – Whole black gram without skin / Ulunthu
- 2 tbsp – Flattened rice / poha / aval
- 1/8 tsp – Fenugreek seeds/ methi seeds / vendhayam
- Salt as needed
- Ice water for grinding
For making paniyaram:
- 1 no – Onion (chopped finely)
- 1 or 2 – Green chili (chopped finely) – Completely optional
- 1/4 inch – ginger (chopped finely)
- 1 tsp – Cumin seeds
- 4 nos – Curry leaves (chopped finely)
- 1 tbsp – Coriander leaves
- 1 pinch – Asafoetida
- Salt as needed
- Oil as needed for making paniyaram
Making of batter:
- Wash and soak barley, idly rice and whole black gram / ulunthu, poha along with fenugreek seeds for 6 hours or overnight.
- Grind everything in a mixture grinder or wet grinder to a dosa batter consistency. Add enough salt and mix well, ferment this batter for upto 4 hrs or until well fermented.
Making of paniyaram:
- Take a wide bowl with enough barley batter, add chopped onion, green chillies, ginger, coriander leaves, curry leaves, cumin seeds, asafoetida and required salt; Mix well. Now paniyaram mix is ready.
- Heat paniyaram pan. Put 2 to 3 drops of oil in each hole; fill each hole with the batter and drizzle few drops of oil on the top. After 1 to 2 minutes, flip over to cook the other side. Once both sides turn golden brown, switch off the stove and serve hot with spicy chutney.
- Barley batter takes very less time to ferment, so check in between whether is done or not. Otherwise batter will be over fermented.
- Since I used wet grinder for grinding, I soaked everything together for easy grinding.
- If you think batter is little thick for making paniyaram, then add little water and bring it to desired consistency.
- Green chillies are completely optional. I did not use it.