One of the most famous sweets of Andhra, Gavvalu are prepared for most festivals, especially for Deepavali. However this is also something I have first known my Christian friends to prepare and share during Christmas. The first time I actually saw or tasted was from my neighbour and later came to know from Amma that this sweet is most common and famous in Andhra and is prepared for all festivals.
However since Amma always makes Kaja and other customary sweets for Deepavali, Gavvalu were never a part of our food culture. Infact until when my cousin’s wife got it for us, I completely forgot about this sweet. On knowing that this was my favourite dish from childhood, my Pinni got me the special board that’s used for making this. So having noted down a recipe that would work out best, I asked Amma to join me. She got another recipe from a old paper cutting, which we ended up making.
The sweet came out so well, that everybody were so much taken in and hubby dear wanted me to prepare this for our Sankranthi visit to my SIL’s place. I always bake my nephew and nieces, cookies, so this time I will be taking these as well.
For the Shells
All purpose flour – 1 cup
Rava – 2 tsp
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Oil for deep fry
For the Sugar Syrup
Sugar – 1 cup
Water enough to cover
Cook to make a single thread consistency
How to make the Sheels
In a wide bowl, take all the ingredients and using water slowly knead into a soft dough. Cover with a muslin cloth and rest it for 10 – 15 mins.
On the rolling pin (gavvala peeta), take a very small dough, press it forward. You will get a shell shaped ball.
Heat a pan with enough oil for deep frying. Once you have enough to deep fry, fry them in batches.
Have the sugar syrup ready, once the shells are cooked, drop them into the sugar syrup and let it coat all over. Remove from syrup, and keep it aside.
Can be stored for 10 days or more.
The dough should rest for at least 10 mins for the rava to be soaked well. And the balls you pinch down should be really small, only then the shells will get cooked well and stay crispy.
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