Bellam Pakam Garelu

Bellam Garelu or Bellam Pakam Garelu is a popular and traditional dish made in Andhra Pradesh. Vadas are made of split black gram and then once vadas are fried they are added to warm jaggery syrup. You can click here  to see the same  recipe which I have made with sugar syrup.

Jaggery is an unrefined sugar made in Asia, specially India. Jaggery contains more nutrients than any other refined sugar because of its molasses content. It has an ability to aid in digestion, treat constipation and boost your energy levels.

This recipes goes to day 3 of Mega Marathon theme “ sweets and Snacks”.


Udad dal 1 cup
Jaggery  1 1/3 cup
Sugar 1/2 cup
Water  1 1/2  cups
Elachi powder 1 tsp
Oil to deep fry
Salt to taste


Soak udad dal for 4 hrs and grind it with very little water and little salt.
It should be hard enough to make the vada.
In a sauce pan add sugar and jaggery and water to make syrup.
Make this syrup on medium flame.
Heat oil for deep frying vadas. 
Make small vadas and make a hole in the middle, directly drop one by one in the oil and fry them till golden brown on medium flame.
When the syrup is done add elachi powder and keep aside.
Drop these hot vadas into sugar syrup  and let them soak for about 1 hour.
Serve hot or at room temperature.

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Amara’s cooking said...

I made these a few times as my husband liked these as a kid. Garelu soaked in the syrup gives a unique flavor. Good share Sushma.

Narmadha said...

Interesting recipe and vadai soaked in jaggery syrup must be delicious treat.

Harini R said...

Good one, Sushma. I have something similar for later this week. We loved it too.

Vaishali Sabnani said...

The vadas look lovely, we have a similar recipe from Rajasthan too..though the shape and the name varies..but basically urad daal vadas in syrup. Good one !

Srivalli said...

Though I have heard and read about this sweet, I am yet to make it myself. Must have tasted very good!

Suma Gandlur said...

You are rocking the series with Andhra sweets, Sushma. Bellam garelu look very inviting and festive.

Padmajha said...

Urad vadas in syrup sounds like a delicious dessert. Never heard of this dish and is going into my bookmarks