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Recipe Text


  • Gram Flour – 500gms
  • Jaggery – 330gms
  • Unsalted Butter – 15gms
  • Salt – 1/4tsp
  • Water – 250gms (For Dough)
  • Water – 350gms (For Syrup)
  • Dry Coconut – 70gms
  • Cardamoms – 6
  • Mace – Small Piece
  • Nutmeg – Small Piece
  • Carom Seeds – 1/4tsp (Ajwain)
  • Oil – For Frying

  • (Online Conversion utility to convert Gms to Cups & Temperatures etc)


    Spread gram flour on a newspaper or a sheet and dry under sun for one hour. Place a sieve in a bowl and sift the sun dried gram flour through it. Grate the jaggery and keep it aside. Cut the dry coconut into thin slices. In a mortar & pestle powder the cardamoms, mace and nutmeg. When the spice powder is finely crushed add carom seeds and crush coarsely. Take this spice powder into a plate and cover it with another plate to retain the aroma.


    Heat a pan and add oil to it. Spread a paper napkin in a plate. After frying, when the sev is placed on this paper napkin it will absorb all the excess oil. Let butter be at room temperature—if not then heat the butter on high power for 30 seconds in a microwave oven.

    Take gram flour into a mixing bowl and add softened butter. Mix well by rubbing with fingers to incorporate the butter well into the flour. Add salt and mix again. Then prepare dough adding water little by little. Make soft yet firm dough. Use the large holed plate to press the sev. Arrange the large holed plate in the sev mould. Smear water on the inner surface of the mould and fill the mould with some dough. Hold the mould with left hand firmly and press the sev directly into the hot oil. While pressing the sev let the heat is at maximum. The high heat will allow gram flour to fluff up. While pressing the sev turn the left hand in circular motion to get spirals of sev. Once sev is pressed into oil, reduce the flame to medium and fry. When fried on medium heat, sev gets fried evenly. When the sev appears crisp, turn it with a slotted ladle gently. Fry on medium heat till the sev is crisp. Remove the fried sev with a slotted ladle and place it on the paper napkin to soak excess oil. Now fry another batch. Remember to press the sev into oil on maximum heat. Once the sev is pressed fry on medium heat turning. Transfer the sev placed on paper napkin to a deep bowl. When the sev in the oil is fried till crisp, remove it with a slotted ladle and place it on the paper napkin. Like this repeat the process of pressing and frying the sev till all the dough is used up.

    Fry the dry coconut slices in hot oil till they slightly change color and becomes crisp.

    Take jaggery into a bowl and add water to it. Place this bowl on stove and cook stirring till jaggery melts. Place a wide and heavy bottomed pan on stove. Strain the jaggery liquid into the wide pan. Cook the jaggery liquid till it forms syrup. Jaggery when cooked in water brings a nice taste.

    Meanwhile break the fried sev into half inch pieces by crushing with fingers.

    Boil jaggery solution till syrup reaches soft ball stage. Syrup reaches soft ball stage at 120oC on candy thermometer. Cook the jaggery solution stirring occasionally. When the temperature reaches 120oC on candy thermometer, add the spice powder, ghee and mix well. Then add fried coconut pieces and mix well. Switch off the stove and add the fried sev. Work fast otherwise syrup will solidify. Mix well to coat all the sev pieces with jaggery syrup. Now BELLAPPOOSA is ready. When all the fried sev pieces are nicely coated with jaggery syrup, immediately transfer the BELLAPPOOSA to a greased plate & let it cool completely. Otherwise, it will stick to the pan and will be difficult to take it out of the pan later. When cool transfer to a container and store the BELLAPPOOSA.

    Points to Remember:

    Sun drying the gram flour removes the moisture from the gram flour. If sun drying is not possible, dry roast on low heat till warm. We can even dry the flour in a microwave oven. Spread some flour in a paper plate and microwave on high for one minute. Stir once and again microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds. Keep watching as timings differ from one microwave oven to the other, otherwise the flour might burn. Like this dry roast the flour in batches and cool.

    Use butter at room temperature. Otherwise warm hard butter in a microwave oven to soften it.

    Use water little by little while mixing the dough. Make soft dough.

    Test a dry coconut while purchasing, by smelling it. If it smells like strong coconut oil then it is old. Do not use such coconuts—as they will spoil the entire taste of the dish with the strong coconut oil smell.

    Grate or powder the jaggery so that it melts fast.

    Do not crush the carom seeds finely—crush them coarsely. But crush the cardamoms, nutmeg and n=mace to a fine powder.

    While pressing the sev let the heat is at maximum. The high heat will allow gram flour to fluff up. Once sev is pressed into oil, reduce the flame to medium and fry so that it gets fried evenly.

    Remove the impurities by straining the melted jaggery.

    Work fast to coat the jaggery syrup on all fried sev pieces as jaggery solidifies on cooling.

    Very important thing is to transfer the BELLAPPOOSA to a greased plate for cooling. Otherwise, it will stick to the pan and will be difficult to take it out of the pan later.

    Enjoy this age old delicacy by preparing at home and serving it to your family members. 

    Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!:

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    Our Earlier discussions on the Blog
     sravani said...

    Namaste gayatri garu,
    i have newly visited ur site.i came to know it through my todikodalu.
    ur description is so good and easy.i have tried bellapoosa and it came out tasty.
    my 4 year old son is asking for it everytime.
    im a sweet favourite and i wish to see low calorie sweet recipies.
    we came to netherlands recently and i also want to know about pickles which dont need sun drying.
    thank you for ur recipies and articles

    April 14, 2011 5:30 PM

     Gayatri Vantillu said...

    Sravani Garu,

    Thanks to you, the small prince at home and your todikodalu.

    There are a few pickle recipes which don't need sun drying eg Avakaya Gongura, Chintakaya, Nimmakaya etc

    April 15, 2011 5:00 AM

     Anonymous said...

    Hi Ms. Gayathri,

    I was going through your website.. I really liked it..

    I was going through your video on kitchen aids and you have spoken about food processor.. I have tried some FP and they hardly work.

    Could you please tell me the brand and the model number of yours?

    So I can also benefit and save time and money.


    April 16, 2011 7:52 PM

     Gayatri Vantillu said...

    Sowjanya Garu,

    I'm using Singer Food processor. Its actual manufacturer is Greenline but marketed by Singer. I bought one Greenline FP also and gifted to my mother-in-law.

    FP reduces our drudgery, but do compromise on the quality of vegetable cutting in certain cases. In contrast, in some cases it does more efficiently than others. One has to determine the quality of cutting on individual basis. Thus you would find me using it some instances only.

    April 17, 2011 5:15 AM

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    Anonymous said...

    Hi Gayatri garu,

    Mee vantalu chala bagunnayi. Meeru bobbatlu kuda mee site lo unchagalarani korutunnanu.alage healthy tips kuda


    October 15, 2010 7:34 PM

     Anonymous said...

    Amma Namaskaram,

    There is nothing noble about being superior to some other human. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

    You are truly noble and kind in helping others

    Your recipes are just great and the perfect way to enjoy a sunday (I m a bachelor). For a foodie like me, your site and youtube videos are just a boon

    My God bless you


    April 17, 2011 3:53 PM

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