Palakayalu – Crispy Rice Flour Balls – Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami Special

Palakayalu or Crispy Rice Flour Balls - Gokulashtami or Krishna Janmashtami Special
Palakayalu or Crispy Rice Flour Balls

August 17, 2014 is Sri Krishna Janmashtami (aka Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami, Krishna Jayanthi). Along with Venna (fresh white butter), Paalu (Cow Milk), Perugu (Curd or Yoghurt) and an assorted variety of dishes made with Atukulu (beaten rice), we always make some crispy snacks. I guess this is to entice Bala Gopal. 🙂 Palakayalu are small crispy rice flour balls that are super easy to make. Kids absolutely love them. Even older people can have them because well-made Palakayalu are crispy but light as air.

Palakayalu are similar to but not exactly the same as the Uppu Seedai or Uppu Cheedai made in Tamil Nadu.

Find more recipes for naivedyam at Gokulashtami, Krishnashtami Or Sri Krishna Jayanti Naivedyam Recipes.

Preparation Time: 3 hours

Cooking Time: 30 Mins


  1. Rice Flour – 2 Cups
  2. Water – 2 Cups
  3. Sesame Oil – 2 tbsp + For Deep Frying
  4. Sesame Seeds – 2 tbsp
  5. Red Chilli Powder – 2 tsp
  6. Asafoetida – 2 Large Pinches
  7. Salt to Taste


  1. Sieve the rice flour.
  2. Boil the water.
  3. Add sesame seeds, 2 tbsp sesame oil, red chilli powder, asafoetida and just enough salt to make the water taste salty (about 1/2 tsp).
  4. Turn off the heat.
  5. Add the rice flour immediately.
  6. Mix well till you get a dough ball. Do not let the water cool.
  7. Set aside for a couple of hours.
  8. Divide the dough into 1/2″ balls. I use the standard spoon measures and use 1/4″ spoon of dough for each ball.
  9. In a wok or kadai, heat about 3/4 cup of oil. To test the heat, add a pinch of the dough. It should immediately rise to the top of the oil surface. When that happens the oil is hot enough.
  10. Add some Palakayalu to the oil and fry till they are golden brown. Do not increase the heat. If you do, the palakayalu will be brown on the surface but raw inside. It will take each batch about 5 to 7 minutes to fry.
  11. Place on kitchen tissue to drain the excess oil.
  12. Store in an air-tight container.
  13. Enjoy with some hot tea or coffee!