Monday, April 30, 2012

Pappu Chekkalu - Indian savory

Pappu Chekkalu /Pappu Billalu are the famous  South Indian savory . Even though it is a traditional one ,it has a plenty of combinations and variations in its preparation . This is one of those variations ,simple to prepare and mouth watering savory . These are perfect munchables and loved by all ages. We in Andhra , use to make these for our festivals and used to distribute with our dear ones.

  • Rice flour : 1 cup
  • Green chillies : 6-7
  • Onion : 1
  • Jeera : 1 tblspn
  • Chana Dal : 2 tblspn
  • Curry Leaves : few
  • Coriander leaves : few
  • Salt : as per taste
  • Butter : 3 tblspn
  • Oil : for deep frying 

Procedure :
  1. Grind onion , chillies , 1/2 tblspn jeera into a coarse paste using a mixer/blender.
  2. Soak chana dal in water for 15-20 mins.
  3. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl along with onion chilli paste and soaked chana dal except oil.
  4. Add water little by little to the mixture to form a soft dough .The dough should be soft enough that when presses with hands to make a chekka it should not break at the edges .
  5. Take a plastic sheet , apply a drop of oil to it , pick a small lemon sized ball from the dough  ,place on the oil sheet and make a 2" round circle using your fingers .
  6. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel , once the oil is heated  , test the oil with dropping a pinch of dough into it. When the oil started bubbling , peel the chekkalu from the plastic sheet , and drop it slowly into the oil. You can add 5-6 for one time for a medium sized vessel.
  7. On a medium flame , keep turning them to both sides once a while till they turn golden brown.
  8. Once they turned desired color , remove them from the vessel using a slotted laddle and place them onto an oil absorbent paper.
  9. Repeat the same till the dough completes.Cool them and store in a air-tight container.

Linking this to
Vegeterian food & me
Gayathri's Festival Special Event


  1. Interesting variation.. I never fancied the idea of adding onions.. Looks great .. Will try it sometime!

  2. super taste...good thing u share
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