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Pesarpappu Bobbatlu

By: Sailu
Region: Andhra
Dish:Vegetarian - Breakfast/Tiffins/Snacks
Servings: 15
Time to Prepare: 30 Mins


Maida - 1 1/2 cups
Moong dal - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Water as required
Salt to taste
Oil and ghee as required
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp


In a medium sized bowl, add maida, a tbsp of oil, 1/2 tsp salt and mix. Add enough water to make a very soft dough. Oil the dough well, place lid and set aside while you do the rest of the preparation.
Bring 2 liters of water to a boil, add moong dal and cook on medium flame till the dal turns soft yet holds shape. Once the dal is cooked, drain the water (use this strained water to make chapati dough or rasam). Mash the dal with the back of a ladle and set aside.
Take a stainless steel bowl, add the fine granulated sugar and the dal. Mix and cook on low flame. The sugar will melt, keep stirring till the dal becomes a thick mass and there is no moisture. This could take a good 15 mts. Add 1/4 tsp salt and cardamom powder and mix well. Turn off flame. Allow to cool. Make small lemon sized balls and set aside.
Pinch some dough (same size as the sweet dal balls) and place on a greased banana leaf or a plastic sheet.
Flatten it into a disc which is the size of your palm. Place a ball of the sweetened lentil mixture in the centre and draw the edges of the dough from all sides to cover the ball completely.
Gently flatten the ball carefully with your fingers to form a 6″ to 8″ diamater flat circular bobattu. Do grease your fingers while flattening.
Heat a tava and place the flattened bobbatu on it. Roast on both sides till golden brown spot appear and very light grease with oil. Remove to a plate.
Prepare bobbatlu with rest of the dough and allow to come to room temperature.
At the time of serving, smear fresh desi ghee on top of each bobbatu and serve. They can be stored in an air tight container upto a week.


Bobbatlu, the classic traditional festival sweet of Andhra is prepared in almost all homes for festivals like Sankranti and Deepavali. This flat bread which is stuffed with sweetened lentil mixture is popular in other parts of the country and goes by the name Puran poli, Holige, Obbattu, Paruppu poli, Vedhmi and Puranachi poli. Much loved among those with a sweet tooth.

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