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Wish you all Happy Ugadi !!!  Hope everyone had wonderful day celebrating India's victory as well as Ugadi Festival.   Here are few treats that are made for Ugadi.  Traditionally Ugadi Pachadi, Obattu (Poli, Bobbatlu, Holige, Puran poli), Garelu (vada) are made.  Ugadi Pachadi symbolizes the mixture of sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise.   

The special mixture has

Neem Buds/Flowers for its bitterness, signifying Sadness
Jaggery and ripe banana pieces for sweetness, signifying Happiness
Green Chilli/Pepper for its hot taste, signifying Anger
Salt for saltiness, signifying Fear
Tamarind Juice for its sourness, signifying Disgust
Raw Mango for its tang, signifying Surprise

Once again I wish all of you "Happy Telugu New Year".  Hope you all enjoy my virtual treat.


There are several varieties that can be used as the stuffing for obattu.  But today I am posting the Bengal gram and jaggery stuffing. 

The measurement yields 13 to 14 obattu (big size)

Outer cover:


All purpose flour - 1/2 cup (You can fully use all purpose flour as well, some time I use mixture of both or fully APF too)
Wheat flour - 1 cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp
Water as needed

For stuffing:

Bengal gram dhal/channa dhal - 1 1 /2 cup
Jaggery - 2 cups
Cardamom - 10 (Powdered)
Coconut - 1/4 cup (optional, This time I did not use it, if you are using first fry it in the ghee then add dhal, followed by jaggery in the pan) 
Ghee - 1 tbsp

Some more ghee for roasting

Extra all purpose flour or Oil for dusting / patting the obattu.


1.  In a mixing bowl add all purpose flour, wheat flour, salt, warm oil, and mix well. 
2. Add water little by little and knead well.  The dough should be loose than the chapathi dough, it should be pliable.
3. Add little oil and cover and keep it aside for at least 5 hrs.



1. Wash and soak the channa dhal in the water for 1/2 hr. Pressure cook the Bengal gram dhal with little turmeric and salt, by adding a cup of water.  Pressure cook up to 3 whistles.
2. Once it is cooled down, if there is any extra water drain, other wise mash it to fine paste using potato masher or food processor.
3. Now in a vessel add the jaggery with tbsp of water, switch on the flame, once the jaggery is melted strain and keep it aside.
4. Heat a heavy bottom vessel, add tbsp of ghee add the mashed dhal, strained jaggery, fry until the mixture thickens.
5. Switch off the flame add the powdered cardamom and keep it aside.  Let it cool, the mixture thickens some more when it is cooling.
6. Once it is cooled divide them to 13 to 14 equal size balls.

How to stuff:

1. Divide the dough to 13 to 14 equal size balls. The ball of the dough should be half size of the stuffing ball.
2. Using oil just make a small circle in the dough ball; keep the stuffing in the middle.
3. Close it as shown, press slightly with your palm.  Now dust it with the flour and roll it like a chappathi but take care not to give too much pressure while rolling, just roll softly.  If you’re using the poori press just apply the oil and press to the desired thickness.

4. Parallely heat the tawa.  When rolling is done put the rolled one on the tawa. When you start seeing the brown spots, add 1/4 tsp of ghee around and smear on the upper part, flip it over and do the same.

5. Cool them on the wire rack or plate.
6. Do the same with other balls.  And store them in the aluminium foil; this stays fresh for 3 to 4 days. In fridge up to 10 days.

How to serve:

1. When serving, just warm it in the microwave and serve with ghee.
2. You can also serve with milk (tastes awesome)


1. Since I wanted to do healthier version I used Wheat flour , but traditionally its done with Full all purpose flour or with Chiroti rawa + All purpose flour.  Sure will post when I get a chance of making this again.  
2.  The dough for the outer part should be loose than the chappathi dough, only then it result soft and fluffy obattu.  This really comes out very very soft like cotton.
3.If your using all purpose flour fully then reduce the amount of Jaggery to 1/2 cup.

Paruppu vada/vadai or Masal vadai is a popular evening snack in southern part of India.  It is an appetizer which can be found everywhere ranging from a local tea shop to a hotel.    Enjoy making it in the comfort of your own home.  


This measurement yields 25 vadas small size


Channa dhal - 1/2 cup
Yellow split peas - 1/2 cup (If this is not available, substitute with 1/2 cup of Channa dhal)
Green chilli - 4 to 5 sliced very very finely
Red  Chillies- 8 to 10
Saunf - 1/4 + 1/4 tbsp
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece (optional)
Garlic - 1 clove minced (optional)
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - handful chopped
Big onion - 1 chopped very finely (or you can use 1/2 cup shallots chopped finely)
Cilantro - 1 cup chopped finely

Oil for deep frying


1.Soak both the dhals in the water for about 1 or 2 hrs.
2.Reserve Handful of dhal before grinding. Now grind the dhal with red chillies, asafoetida, ginger, 1/4 tbsp of saunf to a coarse paste.  Now add that reserved whole dhal.
3.Add salt, onion, curry leaves, green chilli, remaining 1/4 tbsp of whole saunf, cilantro.  Mix the vada batter until everything is blended well.
4.Heat oil in a heavy bottom vessel. To check if the oil is ready, add little batter to the hot oil.  If the batter comes up without sinking then the oil is ready for frying.
5.Take a small ball pat slightly and carefully drop them in hot oil, you can drop 6 to 7 depends on the size of vessel you use.
6.Now slightly reduce the flame, let it brown on one side, once it is done flip it over and let it brown on other side too.
7.Once it is done, drain it in a kitchen tissue to absorb excess oil.
8.Do the same with remaining batter.  Serve with Coconut Chutney or Ketchup!!!


Dolly Sharma  – (April 4, 2011 at 10:33 AM)  

Wow Pavithra...What a festive spread...Wishing you a happy Ugadi as well. In Maharastra they make Puran Poli..which seems to be same like ur Obattu.I was thinking abt making with this post I'm definately making them soon.Awesome Clicks and superb Presentation !!!

Menaga Sathia  – (April 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM)  

யுகாதி வாழ்த்துக்கள்...இப்படியா படத்தை போட்டு ஆசை காட்டுவது..எனக்கு ரொம்ப பிடிச்ச மசால் வடை,மொறுமொறுன்னு சூப்பரா இருக்கு...

Archana  – (April 4, 2011 at 11:16 AM)  

Wow what a spread! Happy Ugadi to you & your family!

Preety  – (April 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM)  

happy ugadi to you and your family too...that's a lovely food platter

Anu Nandu  – (April 4, 2011 at 11:26 AM)  

Happy Ugadi to you too Pavi, Your visual treat is extremely attractive and I wish I was with you to celebrate. Love the polis and the vadais. Perfect!

Unknown  – (April 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM)  

Colorful treat...Wishing you and ur family a very happy ugadi!! Both the dishes look super yumm

Nithya  – (April 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM)  

Wish you a very happy Ugadhi. Lovely post anni.. looks fantastic :) I enjoyed obattu and vada in anuka's house today :)

sathya  – (April 4, 2011 at 12:13 PM)  

Happy Ugadi pavithra!
Obattu and vadai looks delicious, mouthwatering pictures!

Mahi  – (April 4, 2011 at 12:19 PM)  

Happy Ugadi Pavithra! Both the dishes looks yumm!thanks for the visual treat! :)

Anonymous –   – (April 4, 2011 at 12:21 PM)  

What great photos and recipes! Yum!

Lea  – (April 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM)  

So wonderful. I wish our culture was as rich as yours!

kavis  – (April 4, 2011 at 12:41 PM)  

Happy Ugadi to you and your family dear!!!
Omg!!!what a colourful tempting Ugadi treat.I drolling here.Definitely wanna try the obattu:)

Deesha  – (April 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM)  

Happy Ugadi to you, Pavithra .. Obattu looks yumm .. my fave :)

Satrupa  – (April 4, 2011 at 1:17 PM)  

Happy Ugadi to you Pavithra ... the spread looks so good. I just want to lay my hands on everything. Lovely clicks as always ....

Reshmi Mahesh  – (April 4, 2011 at 1:26 PM)  

Happy ugadi to you and your family...excellent pics and lovely recipes..

kittymatti  – (April 4, 2011 at 2:59 PM)  

My god, such awesome pics and so delicious...! happy ugadi

Cool Lassi(e)  – (April 4, 2011 at 3:34 PM)  

Oh what a wonderful choice for a new year's day! Double like the items. And the pictures are awesome!
I wish I can go shopping with you for getting such pretty stuff..You have quite a collection. :)

Nandita SS  – (April 4, 2011 at 4:16 PM)  

Happy Ugadi to you and your family. The obattu and the vadas look fabulous!!!This was a visual treat :)

Unknown  – (April 4, 2011 at 4:59 PM)  

They both r very awesome and perfect for Ugadi!...Happy Ugadi to u too!
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aipi  – (April 4, 2011 at 5:01 PM)  

Wish you and your family a very Happy Ugadi dear!
What a feast you have created- both the recipes rock so do your pictures- a visual treat indeed :)

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Only Fish Recipes  – (April 4, 2011 at 6:07 PM)  

wish u n ur family happy ugadi dear...what a beautiful platter this is ...what a beautiful presentation n amazing clicks !

Sonia  – (April 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM)  

Thanks for the virtual feast. it was great and am still having the hangover of those lovely vadas and stuffed paranthas, sounds sumptuous. Wish you and your family happy Ugadi too....CHEERS !

Sunitha  – (April 4, 2011 at 7:34 PM)  

Happy Ugadi.. beautiful pictures as always.

Sravs  – (April 4, 2011 at 7:55 PM)  

Wish u happy ugadi dear !! yummy dishes !! loved ur presentation !!

Suji  – (April 4, 2011 at 9:04 PM)  

Wish you and family a very happy ugadi, pavitra..

This is a great post, everything looks truly divine...

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (April 4, 2011 at 10:32 PM)  

Wish u a happy ugadi pavitra. I have tasted this yummy dishes yesterday in my friend's place who invited me for lunch.
Looks very awesome,again maes me hungry

Sarah  – (April 4, 2011 at 10:37 PM)  

happy Ugadi to you, dear! It looks fabulous! Obattu and vada are my favourites. We usually get some sent to us from the neighbours :) Now I can try this on my own thanks to your step-by-step instructions :)

Rekha shoban  – (April 4, 2011 at 11:45 PM)  

perfect vada n poli!!!lovely pics n click!

Hamsi  – (April 5, 2011 at 12:05 AM)  

Happy Ugadi to you. Its really a very great delight to view all the clicks and its beautiful.

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Aruna Manikandan  – (April 5, 2011 at 12:20 AM)  

Happy Ugadi dear.....
Both dishes looks yummy yum.............
gorgeous clicks as usual :)

Raks  – (April 5, 2011 at 1:01 AM)  

Happy Ugadi to you and your family Pavi :) The obattu looks so soft and puffed,lovely! Loved the masala vada too,nice clicks :)

Unknown  – (April 5, 2011 at 2:04 AM)  

Both obattu and garelu looks absolutely yummy!! Awesome clicks..Happy Ugadi!!

Zareena  – (April 5, 2011 at 4:06 AM)  

Pavithra, wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous ugadi. Nice dishes.

chef and her kitchen  – (April 5, 2011 at 5:06 AM)  

Love both of dem....guess wat even I posted that today..:)chk out my place too..
I wonder how did u manage to post it on the same day..hmm

swapna  – (April 5, 2011 at 9:59 AM)  

Beautiful Spread...Happy Ugadi to you and your family!!

Indian Khana  – (April 5, 2011 at 10:43 AM)  

Yum ...hope you had great day ....what a feast...can't stop drooling over it

KavyaNaimish  – (April 5, 2011 at 1:21 PM)  

Happy Ugadi To U n Ur Family...
Sweet n Hot both luk gud....ofcourse the clicks are always perfect...I love ur interest in clicking them

Unknown  – (April 5, 2011 at 2:38 PM)  

Happy Ugaadi to you Pavithra, fruit and flowers in little baskets are just too pretty. And Poli is my fav fantastic :)

Priya Suresh  – (April 5, 2011 at 3:09 PM)  

Happy Ugadi wishes to u and ur family Pavi..both obattu and garelu looks irresistible and inviting..

Unknown  – (April 5, 2011 at 4:56 PM)  

You have a nice blog.Please accept an award from my space.

Cilantro  – (April 5, 2011 at 5:27 PM)  

Ugadhi wishes to you & your family! Great clicks!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets  – (April 5, 2011 at 7:55 PM)  

What a mouth-watering bunch of foods! Love the pretty flowers too.

Lena Jayadev  – (April 5, 2011 at 9:59 PM)  

happy Ugadi Pavi.. i made beetroot kesari this time.. fst time celebrating ugadi from karnataka :)

Rama  – (April 5, 2011 at 10:46 PM)  

Happy Ugadi to you. Ugadi sweets and savoury are fantastic, I wish I could have visited your home for Ugadi so I could have eaten those. Awesome dishes.

veena  – (April 5, 2011 at 11:45 PM)  

Hope you had a wonderful ugadi. Awesome pics

GEETHA ACHAL  – (April 6, 2011 at 6:32 AM)  

ஒவ்வொரு பொருட்களையும் நம்முடைய உணர்வுகளுடம் சொல்லி இருப்பது அருமை...படங்கள் அனைத்துமெ அருமை...வாழ்த்துகள்..

Prema  – (April 6, 2011 at 8:21 AM)  

Belated wishes dear,love both obattu and garelu...Fantastic clicks.

Eat Hearty  – (April 6, 2011 at 5:24 PM)  

wow puran poli(OBATTU) is my has come out very well.....and beautiful clicks!! :)


San  – (April 6, 2011 at 11:56 PM)  

Belated ugadi wishes,delicious obattu n vada .What a lovely feast pavi .

Kankana  – (April 7, 2011 at 1:48 AM)  

absolutely delicious ! :) Love your clicks .. beautiful! Glad to find your blog :)

Sarah Naveen  – (April 7, 2011 at 10:44 AM)  

Gal I adore your pictures...a Total WOW!!!

Unknown  – (April 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM)  

Simply incredible pics! Love Loved Love both the dishes :) Hats off dear - If pictures could kill - these do

R  – (April 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM)  

happy ugadi to u too! what a lovely space u have.

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Mrs.Mano Saminathan  – (April 8, 2011 at 9:10 AM)  

Belated Ugathi wishes to you!
masal vadai and obattu seem obsolutely delicious!
Fantastic photographs!!

The Weight Watcher  – (April 9, 2011 at 11:46 PM)  

wow! obattu!! reminds me of my life in bangalore... and such great clicks! i almost reached in to help myself to a parippuvada... yum yum!

Erica  – (October 4, 2011 at 1:38 AM)  

Your visual treat is extremely attractive and I wish I was with you to celebrate. Love the polis and the vadais. Perfect!

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