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Teepi Gavvalu (తీపి గవ్వలు, இனிப்பு குவ்வலு)


Teepi Gavvalu (తీపి గవ్వలు, இனிப்பு குவ்வலு) means shells and this sweet is shell shaped traditional sweet. Maida dough is used to prepare small shells that are deep fried to a golden brown shade and coated with syrup made with sugar or jaggery. Usually prepared using a gavvala chekka (mould) or new comb or a fork.

Regional Dish : Andhra; Tamil Nadu; South India.

Cuisine Style : Andhra | Cooking Time 45 minutes | Take it as Snack | Type Sweets | Shelf Life : 2 weeks.

Appx. Nutritional values calculated for 1 serving ( 10 nos) : Calories (200 Kcal), Carbohydrates (30 g), Protein (0 g), Fat (5 g).

Ingredients to serve :

  • Maida ( all purpose flour)    1 1/4 cups
  • Sooji (fine semolina)    3-4 tbsps
  • Melted ghee    2 tbsps
  • Pinch of salt
  • Warm milk as required to make dough
  • Oil for deep frying

Syrup for coating gavvalu:

  • Grated jaggery or sugar   1/4 cup
  • Enough water to immerse jaggery
  • Cardamom pwd    1/2 tsp

Method :

  1. Make a soft dough  using  maida, sooji, salt and ghee by adding enough warm milk. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Make small marble sized balls. Use the back of fork or a grater to shape each ball like a shell . Use thumb to press each ball gently onto the fork/grater to roll into a shell shape. Prepare shells with all prepared balls and keep aside.
  3. Take a heavy bottomed vessel, add the jaggery and water and let it melt. Cook till the syrup becomes thick. To check the correct syrup consistency, drop some syrup into a bowl of water and if turns into a soft ball, its the right time to turn off heat and add cardamom powder.
  4. Heat a heavy bottomed vessel, add enough oil for deep frying, once the oil turns hot, add the gavvalu and deep fry to a golden brown shade. Remove onto a absorbent paper and immediately add to the syrup. Combine well to coat the gavvalu and allow to cool down , than store it in a air tight container.


Other variants / Cuisine Style : 1. Teepi Gavvalu with Wheat flour.

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