Appalu – Ganesh Chaturthi Recipe

Appalu ~ Andhra Style Sweet

Appalu – Naivedhyam for Lord Ganapati (Vinayaka Chavithi/Ganesh Chaturthi)

Tomorrow we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi and I have many of you writing in asking for some traditional festival recipes. I have already blogged a few Ganesh Chaturthi festival recipes like Undrallu, Kudumulu, Paala Undrallu and Biyyam Rava Kudumulu.

andhra style sweet dish
Venna Appalu

Usually festive meals mean long hours in the kitchen but for Ganesh Chaturthi festival, the cooking seems effortless as most of the traditional recipes hardly take much time to prepare especially today’s festival recipe, Venna Appalu. A favorite rice flour based sweet with a crisp exterior and a melt in the mouth soft interior. Each home have their own version of preparing Appalu. The version I am blogging today has only 3 ingredients going into its making and can be prepared in less than 20 minutes. Sweeten your celebrations by offering this traditional Andhra sweet to Lord Ganapati tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ganesh Chaturthi Recipe ~ Appalu

Update: This is definitely not a beginner recipe. You will have to make sure that you use only home made rice flour. The instructions on how to prepare rice flour at home is given in the ‘Tips’ section below. The preparation or mixing of dough needs to be done carefully. It should hold shape and not be too soft or too hard on touch. Adding less ghee will yield a rock like texture to the appalu. Add more ghee will make the dough dissolve in the hot oil. Store bought rice flour will not work for this recipe.

Appalu – Ganesh Chaturthi Recipe

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 14

 Main Ingredients:

  •  rice flour
  •   sugar
  •   ghee


  •   Rice flour - 1 1/2 cups (freshly ground at home-refer tips below)
  •   Sugar - 1/2 cup
  •   Ghee - 2-3 tbsps (melted)
  •   Cardamom powder - pinch (optional)
  •   Oil for deep frying

Method for making Appalu – Ganesh Chaturthi Recipe

Melt ghee and allow to come to room temperature. In a bowl, mix rice flour, sugar and ghee till it forms a smooth dough. (Initially add only 1 tbsp ghee and mix. If it appears like bread crumb mixture, add another 1-2 tsps ghee and mix. Only add more ghee if the dough needs to shaped to a lightly soft on touch dough)
If necessary, wet you hand with milk, to form a smooth yet slightly stiff dough. It should hold shape. If its not holding shape, add a few drops of milk, a little at a time.
Deep fry oil in a heavy bottomed vessel on medium flame. While the oil is heating up, grease your hand and make small lemon sized balls of the dough. Lightly flatten on top and place carefully into the hot oil.
Deep fry on medium flame till they attain a light brown color. Do not touch the appalu till they attain a light brown shade. Use the ladle to move them or flip them over to cook the other side only after they attain a light brown shade. Continue to deep fry till they reach a deep brown shade on a medium high flame but not high flame.
Remove onto absorbent paper and cool. Serve as neivedhyam/prasadam.


  •   How to prepare rice flour at thome - Soak 2 cups raw rice overnight. Drain the water and keep aside for 30-60 minutes. (spread it on a cloth or newspaper to dry). Grind this rice to a fine powder. Sieve the ground rice flour and use the sieved soft rice flour. Grind the left over coarse rice flour again to make a smooth powder. Use this to prepare modaks, kudumulu and appalu.
  •   If its not forming a smooth, soft dough, wet your hand with milk and mix. If necessary add a few drops of milk, not more than a tablespoon.
  •   If the dough become runny, add a few tablespoons of rice flour and sugar and mix.
  •   Be cautious while adding ghee to the dough. Add one tablespoon of ghee initially and mix. Thereafter add 1 to 2 teaspoons and mix. Add just enough so that the dough holds shape.
  •   The oil should not be too hot or else the appalu will burn quickly and not cook inside.


Appalu aka Venna Appalu make for a traditional Ganesh Chaturthi recipe. An Andhra style sweet made with rice flour, sugar and ghee especially for festivals.
  • Lalitha

    Happy Vinayaka Chavithi Sailu!! Thank u for posting this recipe

  • umaraj

    sailu,looking yummy n nice pics,i will prepare 2marrow………advanced happy ganesh chaturdhi……..

  • Sanoli Ghosh

    Very new to me, lovely and simple sweet recipe.

  • Sireesha

    Appalu looks very tempting Sailu. Will prepare it tomorrow for sure. Thank you for such an easy awesome recipe.

  • Santhi Subbarayan

    thank q for ur appalu recipe

  • Reshmi Warrier

    oopss when fryng the dough dissolves in oil…wht may b the reason??MAde the dough as per.

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Reshmi, add ghee little by little. Sometimes, you will not need the whole 1/4 cup. When you add too much ghee, this tends to happen. Mix sugar and rice flour first, then slowly add the ghee and mix. Add 1 tbsp at a time. The dough should not be too soft. It should just hold shape.

  • Sucharitha

    Thanks Mam.tried the Paala undraalu & kudumulu..was very nice ๐Ÿ™‚

  • madhuri

    Hi Sailu, As Reshmi said when frying the dove is dissolving in oil… what is the reason.. i just tried…

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Madhuri, add ghee little by little. Sometimes, you will not need the whole 1/4 cup. When you add too much ghee, this tends to happen. Mix sugar and rice flour first, then slowly add the ghee and mix. Add 1 tbsp at a time. The dough should not be too soft. It should just hold shape. Also oil should be hot enough but not too hot like when frying murukkus.

  • madhuri

    sorry dough….

  • sree

    i am very upset with your recipe, you should hav mentioned about amount of ghee required,as soon as i put in to oil they are dissoving in to the oil, you wasted my time and money, next time pls mention properly

  • Anubhuti Saxena

    I tried to make this today but the appalu were hard like stones. What mistake did I make?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      I guess the ghee was not enough. Also you need to use home ground rice flour. Please refer to tips section on how to prepare rice flour at home.

  • Bhavana

    Instead of rice flour can wheat flour be used?Also instead of sugar Jaggery?

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      One can make with wheat flour and jaggery too. That is another variation. I will blog that recipe as well, sometime.

  • Kalpana

    I tried these yesterday .. they came out fine ..thank you for the recipe

  • Rakesh Vasu

    Not for a beginnner.. super dooper failure..

  • Anu Annrose

    can i use store bought rice flour instead?

  • sri

    is appalu and teepi punagalu the same? if no, pls post teepi punagalu recipe!

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