TeepiGavvalu means sweet shells and it actually looks like that. It’s a traditional Andhra sweet prepared with all-purpose flour and jaggery. Small shells of dough are deep-fried to a golden brown shade and coated with a syrup made with sugar or jaggery.
1 1/4 cups maida
3-4 tbspssooji (optional)
2 tbsp melted ghee
pinch of salt
water as required
oil for deep frying
1/4 cup grated jaggery or sugar
enough water to immerse jaggery
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Make a soft dough of maida, sooji, salt and ghee by kneading with enough water and keep it aside for 15 minutes.
Make small balls (size of a coin or marble). Use the back of a fork and shape each unit like a shell with the help of your thumb and keep it aside.
Add jaggery and water in a heavy vessel and cook till the melted jaggery syrup becomes thick. To check the syrup’s consistency, drop a little syrup in a bowl of water. If it turns into a softball, it means it’s perfect. Add cardamom powder and turn off the heat.
Heat another heavy vessel and add enough oil for frying. Add the gavvalu and fry to a golden brown shade. Strain the excess oil on an absorbent paper and immediately add them to the syrup. Mix them well to coat the gavvalu and let it cool. Enjoy your sweet and store the rest in an airtight container.