Bobbatlu are essentially flatbread-like sweets that consist of a flavorful filling encased within a thin, soft outer layer. The filling is primarily made of chana dal (split chickpeas), jaggery (unrefined cane sugar), and various aromatic spices. The outer layer is made from a dough of all-purpose flour or wheat flour, water, and sometimes a touch of ghee (clarified butter). The dough is carefully rolled out, and a portion of the filling is placed at the center. The dough is then carefully folded over the filling to completely encase it, creating a semi-circular shape.
The filled dough is gently flattened and cooked on a griddle or tawa until both sides turn golden-brown. The use of ghee during cooking contributes to the delightful aroma and enhances the overall flavor. The final product is a sweet and slightly savory treat that offers a pleasing contrast between the soft outer layer and the rich, textured filling.
Bellam Bobatlu gets its name from “Bellam,” which means jaggery in Telugu (the language of Andhra Pradesh), and “Bobatlu,” which refers to the stuffed flatbreads. The use of jaggery instead of refined sugar gives the sweet a distinctive taste, adding a deep and earthy sweetness that complements the spiced chana dal filling.