Paddu | Davanagere Benne Paddu | Gundupongala

Crisp, golden Davanagere benne paddu, served with groundnut chutney
07/03/2016 7:16:13 PM vindhyadesai

Again, a super-speciality dish from Karnataka, Davanagere benne paddu. Davanagere/Davangere is the famous city which has given the famous benne dosa, benne khaali dosa, benne paddu is another super tasty dish. Paddu/gundupongala, is it dosa? Is it idli? It looks both like soft idli and crisp dosa, tastes like dosa and a little soft inside. Make this instead of dosa or idli for a weekend morning breakfast. Making paddu needs a special type of pan which looks like an idli plate but is like a non-stick or cast iron skillet/tawa. Making paddus needs patience but once the paddu pan is  seasoned and is hot, paddus can be made easily.

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Paddu | Davanagere Benne Paddu | Gundupongala
 
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Crisp, golden Davanagere benne paddu, served with groundnut chutney
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 20-22 paddus
Ingredients
For Batter
  • 2 Cups/Measures idli rice or thick grained rice
  • ⅔ Cup/Measure urad dal/uddina bele
  • ½ Tbsp gram dal/kadale bele/chana dal
  • 1 Cup/Measure thick or medium avalakki/rice flakes/poha
  • 10-12 methi seeds/fenugreek
  • Salt to taste
To Make Paddus
  • 2 Tbsp yogurt
  • 1 Tsp jeera
  • 2 finely chopped onions
  • 8-10 torn curry leaves
  • 2 minced green chillies
  • 1-2 Tbsp finely chopped coriander
Method
  1. Wash and drain urad dal and rice separately
  2. To urad dal, add avalakki/poha, methi seeds, chana dal. Add water to soak both rice and dal mixtures. Set it aside to soak for 8 hours or overnight
  3. Drain water from both rice and dal, add to a mixie jar/grinder add salt and grind into a smooth batter (thick) with water as required. Set aside to ferment 12-15 hours or overnight
  4. It fluffs up when it is fermented. Mix well and add jeera
  5. Add yogurt and mix well
  6. Add chopped onions, minced green chillies, curry leaves, coriander. Mix well
  7. To make paddus, heat up the paddu pan. Oil the pan well. Pour in ladlefuls of paddu batter into paddu holes
  8. Add some oil on top, cover and cook till light golden
  9. Flip and let it roast on the other side
  10. Serve them hot with butter/benne and shenga chutney. They can be even served as a starter dish if you are making South Indian food for a party or get-together
Notes
Adding chana dal/kadalebele gives nice crispness but do not add more or the paddus will become hard

Use a paddu pan which is non stick or cast iron old style heavy paddu pan. You can get them in most kitchen utensils shops

Adding yogurt gives softness and fluffiness to the paddus

If the temperature is very high, add salt after it ferments just before making paddus so that the batter does not over-ferment and become sour

Add a few drops of oil on top when the paddus are roasting

 Stepwise:

Wash and drain urad dal and rice separately
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To urad dal, add avalakki/poha, methi seeds, chana dal. Add water to soak both rice and dal mixtures. Set it aside to soak for 8 hours or overnight
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Drain water from both rice and dal, add to a mixie jar/grinder add salt and grind into a smooth batter (thick) with water as required. Set aside to ferment 12-15 hours or overnight
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It fluffs up when it is fermented. Mix well and add jeera
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Add yogurt and mix well
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Add chopped onions, minced green chillies, curry leaves, coriander. Mix well
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To make paddus, heat up the paddu pan. Oil the pan well. Pour in ladlefuls of paddu batter into paddu holes
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Add some oil on top, cover and cook till light golden
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Flip and let it roast on the other side
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Serve them hot with butter/benne and shenga chutney. They can be even served as a starter dish if you are making South Indian food for a party or get-together
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