Bellam Gavvalu - Sweet Shells

Sweet shells or gavvalu are a popular snack made in Andhra Pradesh. The traditional gavvalu are made with all purpose flour / maida and sugar. Semi soft dough is made with flour and shaped into small balls. Then flattened or rolled  to give them a shape of shell. Then deep fried in oil and then coated well with sugar syrup. These sweets shells can be stored in airtight container for up to a month.

Today for a change I have made these sweet shells with wheat flour and jaggery. I have added little sooji / semolina to the dough to give these shells a little extra crunch. This recipe goes to week 2, day 2 of Blogging Marathon 111.


Wheat flour 2 cups
Sooji / Semolina 1 tbsp
Ghee 2 tbsp
Grated jaggery 2 cups
Oil for deep frying
Salt 1/4 tsp


In a mixing bowl add wheat flour, sooji and ghee.
Mix to get a crumbly texture.
Add enough water to make a stiff dough.
Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
Knead the dough for 2 minutes and make small and equal size balls ( small grapes size / little bigger than blueberry )
The below picture shows the gadget to make gavvalu, you can use fork instead.

Take a ball of dough and press to make shells  as shown in the picture.
Once all the shells are ready heat oil and fry few at a time on medium flame till nice and crisp.
Meanwhile add 1/4 cup water to jaggery and boil it to get  a 2 string syrup.
Add all the fried shells to jaggery and mix well so that syrup is very well coated to the shells.
Let them rest aside to cool.


Sowmya :) said...

These sweet shells look so gorgeous. I have never tried them. You have taken so much effort and skillfully turned out these beautiful shapes. Kudos to you

cookingwithsapana said...

Wow you have got the gadget to make the sweet shells. It would be a bliss to have such things.

vaishali sabnani said...

These shells look so cute ! It’s a fantastic dessert ! And I like the way it has been made - lovely shape . And the texture looks too good .

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Wow these shells look so inviting sushma! I bet all that effort is worth its deliciou taste!!!

Suma Gandlur said...

Loving the jaggery - wheat version. The bright colored gavvalu are looking very inviting.

Harini R said...

bellam and wheat flour - never tried this version! They look very inviting.

Padmajha said...

This one is surely a delicious snack. I have bookmarked this to try. I'm sure my kids will it.

Narmadha said...

These look so cute and inviting. Must have tasted so good with jaggery