Panivaragu (Proso Millet) Appam

Panivaragu (Proso Millet) Appam
Panivaragu (Proso Millet) Appam
Panivaragu is known as Proso Millet in English. Pani varagu is one millet in the millet category. It is cultivated in hills, so it is called pani varagu. Till 80’s panivaragu was the staple food of draught prone parts of east coast of A.P. Even it is cultivated there. It is called varigalu in Telugu.  Even now during sankranthi season varigannam is made as a part of the festival with new pani varagu (proso millet).
First I tried idli with pani varagu and that came out well. It was soft. I made dosa also. It was soft too and  had a spongy texture. So I decided to make Panivaragu sweet appam. It also came out very well when compared to rice appam. The taste was also very good.

Panivaragu (Proso Millet) Appam

Let us see how to make panivaragu appam.
Here is the quick video

Preparation time  - 4+30 minutes(4 hours for fermentation)
Cooking time  - 20 minutes
Serves - 6

Panivaragu - 1 cup
Urad dal - ¼ cup
Salt - pinch
Jaggery - 1 cup
Coconut - ½ cup
Cardamom powder - ¼ tsp
Ghee - ¼ cup
Wash and rinse panivaragu two to three times  and soak it for 2 hours with urad dal. Then grind till smooth texture.
Panivaragu (Proso Millet) Appam

Ferment 4 hours. Powder the jiggery. Add jiggery, grated coconut and cardamom powder and mix well till jaggery dissolved. Add pinch of salt to enhance the flavor.
Panivaragu (Proso Millet) Appam

Heat kuzhipaniyarakkal in the stove and pour ghee  in every kuzhi(groove). Pour the batter in every groove and cook.  Close the pan with a lid and cook.
Panivaragu (Proso Millet) Appam

Turn  other side and cook few minutes.

Panivaragu (Proso Millet) Appam

If you want you can make jiggery syrup, filter and add or else you can add like me.
Add sweet according to your taste.

Panivaragu (Proso Millet) Appam


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