jaggery vada bedlam gare recipe

Homemade organic jaggery vada (bellam garelu)

Bellam garelu is a traditional Indian sweet – it’s crispy n crunchy outside and succulent n gooey inside. It’s a special and favourite dessert in my family.


  • 2C urad dal (husked n split/whole black gram)
  • Oil for deep fry
  • 2C grated jaggery
  • 3C water πŸ’¦
  • Pinch of powdered cardamom

How to prepare?

  • Soak the urad dal in water for 4 hours.
  • Strain the water, and grind (use grinder rather than mixer) the dal to a very fine and fluffy paste. <This s the key to this recipe, only if the paste is very fine n fluffy it will absorb the jaggery syrup.>

  • In a saucepan add jaggery and water and a pinch of cardamom powder and boil until it forms a thin sticky syrup.

  • In a frying pan (iron kadai s best for deep frying) add oil to deep fry.
  • Take a bowl of water, dip your hand in water and also wet n wipe a sheet or a leaf with water (so that the batter doesn’t stick). Then take a small ball sized batter and on the leaf flatten it into a vada. Dip one finger in the bowl of water again and make a hole in the centre as show in the pic.

  • Once the oil is hot is heated, gently drop the vada into it <caution: stay a little far away from the frying pan, as sometimes the oil splitters>. You can add few more vadas n fill the frying pan.

  • Once it turns golden brown gently turn it to another side using a ladle with holes.
  • Once both the sides are brown n done, using the ladle, remove them from the oil <wait for few seconds until the oil drips down from the ladle into the frying pan> and drop in into the above prepared hot jaggery syrup.

  • Let them soak until they completely absorb the jaggery – you will know by the colour and weight, they tend to drown to the bottom.

  • Gently remove them from the syrup into the serving bowl and enjoy the bellam garelu!

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