BM #91 Week 2 Day 1  - 

This week I shall showcase some ideas for dessert/sweets for Varalakshmi Puja which is celebrated in many South Indian families. In fact these sweets are perfect for any festive occasion.

I came to know of this recipe from a friend who told me that this is a very traditional sweet which is made in their families. She told me the deep fried version but I chose to go the low fat route. But this recipe can easily be used to deep fry and enjoy this sinful sweet.

Recipe Source Bhanurekha
Ingredients - 

Dosa Batter 3/4 cup
Ghee/ Cooking Oil as needed 
For the Filling - 
Moong dal 1/2 cup
Sugar 1 cup (or more as per taste)
Cardamom Powder 1/4 tsp
Almonds, Crushed 1 Tbsp

Method Of Preparation -

Prepare the filling - 
Soak the moong dal for a couple of hours.

Drain and grind it into a smooth paste adding as little water as needed.

Make small portions of the paste and arrange in a steamer and steam for 15 minutes.

Remove from the steamer and mash it adding the sugar, crushed almonds and cardamom powder.

Make teaspoon portions of the filling and set aside.

Making Low Fat Boorelu - 
Make sure the dosa batter is not too runny.

Heat the appe/paniyaram pan. Drizzle oil as needed into the appe slots.

Scoop a portion of the filling, dip in the dosa batter and gently slide into the appe slots.

Cover and allow them to cook. After the undersides are golden brown, flip them carefully and let them cook for a minute or so. 

Remove from the pan and serve warm.


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Makes 18-20


  1. This recipe is fantastic Harini. Guess we can also use the left over poornam to make this. Yum..

  2. Guilt free boorelu,looks yum and nice way to use the poli pooranam..

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Thats a cool idea to prepare poornam boorely this way Harini.. Thats for sharing this gluten free and guilt free festive sweet with us.

  5. CookwithRenu Says:
  6. Awesome share Harini, I have never tasted this but would love to try, making a filling inside that dosa batter, loved it

  7. Subhashini Says:
  8. I am always looking for alternatives to frying and love the idea of making boorelu in appe pan. This stuffing is unusual for me. Would love to give it a try.

  9. farah saleem Says:
  10. very nice harini! il try this out! looking for more recipes for my apam pan! yum

  11. code2cook Says:
  12. stuffed appe looks so perfectly cooked with the filling inside. Really a festive food with such preparations.

  13. kaamalord Says:
  14. Recipe is good,well, the picture looks like "Kuzhi Paniyaram" a savoury dish of Chettinad, Tamil Nadu.

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