Pongadalu - A Traditional Andhra Sweet

Pongadalu is a traditional Andhra Sweet dish which is normally prepared on Makara Sankranti/Pongal the harvest festival along with Boorelu, Paravannam and Pulihora as a sacred food to God.  The Telugu word "Pongadam" means "To swell".
When the smooth batter prepared with rice flour and jaggery dropped into the heated oil it will swell in the middle thus forming succulent layers inside, hence this sweet dish is called as "Pongadam". Actually this is a forgotten recipe. While googling about this dish I could only end up on a snack recipe prepared with Dosa batter. So I've decide to share this delicious sweet dish which is still prepared in most parts of Andhra on festival occasions.


Rice flour : 1 Kg
Jaggery : 750 gm. 
Rice water : 4 cups
Oil for deep fry


To obtain rice water :  Wash the rice grains with fresh water and collect the water in a separate vessel 
Take a vessel boil the collected rice water
When the rice water starts boiling add jaggery to it, stir continuously and cook on slow flame till it turns into thick syrup.
Now add rice flour to it and make a thick smooth batter. (Stir continuously while adding rice flour to avoid lumps.)
Heat oil in a deep bottomed karahi/wok, take a table spoon full of batter and gently drop it into the oil as shown in the picture. That will automatically form a round shape. 
Deep fry on slow flame and turn it to the other side  
Fry till both the sides become golden brown in color.
Store in dry and clean container. 
This dish can be stored up to 7 days.


  1. we make a similar sweet with a different syrup and rice flour
    wonderfully done delicious you have got a nice pattern on the edges

  2. Nice looking sweet. Wonderful preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. Perfectly done and looks yummy!


  4. Pongaldalus looks perfect...love them

  5. We make a similar thing with wheat flour..Nice explanation and its really tempting

  6. Those pongadalu looks super cute and yummy..

  7. This looks nice lacey kind of fritters...just wonderful.

  8. Ahh ~ I can eat 10 of those, looks so yum! :)
    US Masala

  9. Reminds me of unniyappam from kerala.Would love to have some.

  10. Wonderful sweet dish. Looks yummy and tempting.

  11. New to me,looks so so delicious and yummy!

  12. hi hema...
    pongadalu chala bagunayi...one of my fav...
    my first visit here..you had a nice space...
    gud work..congrats...keep going..
    some of ur recipes feel like staying in the home place...
    Do drop at my space wen u find time

  13. Thanks for visiting my space :) Your blog is wonderful and glad following you for more great ideas!! Welcome to follow my blog too if you have time :)

  14. Dear Hema, First time to your blog and I'm happy to follow you.The fried sweet sounds too good...thanks for sharing the recipe..Do visit my space when you get time.

  15. Hema,
    Pongaldalu looks very tempting..love them..

  16. Ohh I loved having these when I was in Vijaywada :D I love thesee.. YUmmmm

  17. Nice pictorial Hema. Bookmarked. i remember having them during my childhood. I'm your new follower. BTW missed your nuts ladoo. awesome.
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  18. Lovely and delicious...brought back childhood memories...ate them ages ago when I was a kid .. (I am born and brought up in Andhra)

  19. Nice pictorial:-) Wud love to try this sweet delight!!

  20. Pongadalu are absolutely delcious, glad to see andhra recipes.

  21. this is gorgeous...my kids would love this...
    Tasty Appetite

  22. Sweet appams look very good.

  23. it is a home made sweet i think more delicious than from shops

  24. We do make it hema slightly dfferent way...looks very traditional and delicious :)

  25. Never had something like this before. Looks very delicious!!

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