Soapstone Paniyaram Maker can be used on a stovetop or grill, and can go directly to the table for a sophisticated presentation. The pieces can be used directly on a gas or electric range, however, it is recommended to use a heat diffuser on electric ranges. The heat diffuser (which can be used with gas stove as well) has the added benefit of distributing the heat slowly to prevent foods from burning. The Paniyaram Maker can also be used on induction cooktops with the use of an induction cookware interface disk.
To use a Soapstone Paniyaram Maker, first it must be cured. Follow the instructions under the curing tab. After cured, place the Paniyaram Maker on a low flame (low heat) for 5 minutes to begin to use it. Pour 1 tsp oil into each pit of the pan.
Once the pan is hot, to make a Paniyaram, take a ladleful of batter and pour it into each pit.
Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Once browned on one side, turnover each Paniyaram with the help of a needle like stick and cook until a toothpick inserted at the center of Paniyaram comes out clean.
Remove Paniyaram with the help of needle like stick and proceed with the remaining batter. Serve Paniyaram hot with mint or onion chutney.
A Soapstone Paniyaram Maker must not be submitted to drastic changes in temperature and should be allowed to adjust slowly to heat, letting them slowly heat up until they are hot, either on the stove or in the oven. Likewise, you should also allow the Soapstone Paniyaram Maker to adjust to room temperature before washing or storing them, and never sit a hot Soapstone Paniyaram Maker on a cold surface such as granite or tile.
The Soapstone Paniyaram Maker retains heat for a long period of time, so be careful in handling a hot Soapstone Paniyaram Maker.
For cleaning, avoid using the dishwasher, hand washing is recommended. After each use scrub the Soapstone Paniyaram Maker lightly with a sponge or soft cloth. It is a good idea to reapply some oil before storing the Soapstone Paniyaram Maker.
Do not use metal or abrasive pads as they may scratch the surface and avoid strongly scented soaps which can flavor the Soapstone Paniyaram Maker. Use wooden utensils with the pieces as metal utensils can scratch and damage the inside.