Lunch box Idea ~ Kid Friendly recipe ~ Gunta Ponganalu

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Lunch box ideas, Lunch box recipes, afternoon snack idea for kids is something every mom is in hunt for. It becomes extremely challenging at times to make the kids like it and eat it.  Do try this Gunta Ponganalu, I am sure your kids will fall in love with it. As much as i loved Gunta Ponganalu as a kid, my kids seems to adore it as well.

Gunta Ponganalu is a very popular  evening snack in Coastal Andhra.Its also a popular breakfast recipe in south indian cuisine. They are also called as Paniyaram or kuzi paniyaram. All you need is some left over dosa batter and some simple ingredients which are easily available in our pantry.

These tastes great when eaten right out of the skillet. So works beautifully as an evening snack.

I have packed these for lunch box as well. Just make sure they cool down before you pack for lunch box. If not they will become saggy.

Full video of how to make gunta ponganalu recipe-


  • Left over Dosa batter – 2 cups
  • Chopped medium onion- 1
  • Chopped Green chilly- 2
  • Grated carrot – 2 tsp
  • Chopped ginger – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds -1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp, chopped
  • Salt to taste and
  • Oil to grease the skillet
Take the dosa batter (which is slightly thick) and add the rest of the ingredients chopped onion, green chilly, carrot, soaked chana dal, cumin seeds, chopped ginger, salt and chopped coriander leaves.  Mix.
Now take a Ponganalu skillet (aebleskiver pan), put some oil on each of those holes. Once the pan gets little hot, pour some batter in each of the holes. Add some more oil on the top. Close the lid and cook in low-medium heat.  After few minutes flip with the help  of a butter knife and cook the other side.
Serve with chutney of your choice.
Since it already has all the spices, my kids generally don’t ask for any ketchup/chutney.
  1. Use a skillet which has been seasoned well and used in the past. If not the ponganalu will stick to the skillet.
  2. Also cook in low-medium heat, if not you will end up having the raw batter in the middle.

few more snack recipes- 


Maida Ponganalu

Rice Bonda

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