The Kuzhi paniyaram is a Tamil dish made by steaming batter — traditionally made from pulses (specifically black lentils) and rice using a mould. The batter used is the same as that for idli and dosa. Kuzhi paniyarams can be made sweet or spicy. The spicy version has sautéed onions and green chillies mixed with the batter. Kuzhi paniyarams used to be made for eating on long distance trips without the use of a refrigerator.