~ 30 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice flour
  • 1 cup fine Chiroti Rava(or regular sooji)
  • 1/2 cup Maida
  • 4 tbsp hot Oil
  • 2-3 tbsp Sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp Red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil,to deep fry

Spicy Palakayalu

Palakayalu are a rice based, dry and crispy snack popular in Andhra. They are a hit with young and old alike. They are made both sweet and spicy versions. Today’s recipe is a spicy version. Palakayalu are usually round or cylindrical in shape.

My son was too eager to see what I was planning to make. So I knew he would not have the patience if I will take time and make the balls. In order to save the time, i rolled it and cut shapes and fried them. If you have the time and have made the balls, you can add them to various mixtures, Khara Pori etc.


– Mix Rice flour,maida and chiroti rawa in a bowl.
– Add sesame seeds,red chili powder,hot oil and required amount of salt to the mix and mix well.
– Add water slowly and knead it into a slightly stiff dough.
– Leave it aside for 15-20 minutes.
– Pinch a ball of small orange size and roll into a 1/2 cm thickness thick chapati and use a knife or pizza cutter and cut them into very small diamonds or use a cap of a bottle and cut to circles.This saves lot of time. (However, if you are rolling them into balls without applying much pressure,else there are chances that they might burst in oil.)
– In the mean time, Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai for deep frying.
– Add the prepared diamonds or Circles or balls slowly with out over crowding them and deep fry them on low-medium flame until they are crisp and golden brown.
– Drain them in a kitchen napkin.

– Store them in air-tight container.


– Chiroti rawa is a very fine variety of rawa also called as Holige rawa. This is used in this recipe to make the balls very crisp and also have nice texture.
– If you do not get it you can use normal rava,just pulse it in mixer for a couple of times and use it in the recipe.
– You can reduce the amount of chili powder in the recipe and make them plain.

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