Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Uppu Seedai / Vella Seedai – Gokulashtami Special / Step by Step Recipe:

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Seedai - Gokulashtami Special :

Seedai  ( Crispy  Rice  Balls) in both sweet & salt version is a traditional recipe made especially for  Gokulashtami  festival...!

It is prepared with lentil and rice flour. The crispy outside and tasty crunchy inside makes it a delicious snack loved by everyone..!

Every year my MIL used to prepare both the versions during this festival.  Even though its time consuming, its worth all the effort..:) 

Today, we prepared this yummy snack for pooja and I am glad to share the awesome recipe with you all ..:)

Happy Festival..:)


·      Raw rice                            - 1 ½ cups
·      Urad dal                            - ½ cup
·      Coconut grated                  - 4 tbsp
·      Sesame seeds                  - 2 tbsp
·      Butter                               - 3 to 4 tbsp
·      Hing                                 - a pinch
·      Jaggery                             - ¾ cup
·      Elaichi pwd                        - ¼ tsp
·      Oil to fry
·      Salt as required


To prepare Rice Flour:

1.     Rinse raw rice and soak it in water for 1 hour.
2.     Drain the water completely and spead the raw rice in a cotton towel.
3.     Allow to dry completely.
4.     Grind the rice to fine pwd.
5.     Sieve it well to remove the lumps. ( the pwd should be very fine )
6.     In a dry pan, roast the rice flour in low medium flame ( this is to ensure that there is no moisture on the flour )

7.     Rice flour is ready to prepare seedais...!
 ( we  can  also  use  store-bought  rice  flour  and  urad  dal  flour ,  but be  sure  to  sieve  them twice  and dry  roast  in  pan )
To make Urad dal Flour:
1.     Heat a pan.
2.     Dry roast the urad dal in low flame, until it turns light golden color with nice tempting aroma.

3.     Turn off the flame.

4.     Allow to cool.
5.     Grind it to very fine smooth pwd.

6.     Sieve well.
7.     Urad dal floor ready to prepare both Seedais..!

To Prepare Uppu Seedai:

1.     Dry roast the grated coconut shreds for a minute in low flame to remove the moisture in it.

2.     Take it aside and allow to cool.
3.     Dry roast the sesame seeds till it slightly browned.
4.     Mix 1 cup rice flour and 2 tbsp urad dal flour in a bowl.
5.     Add the dry roasted coconut, sesame, salt, hing and mix well.
6.     Add butter and combine.

7.     Sprinkle little water and knead gently to smooth dough.
8.     Let the dough rest for 5 mins.
9.     Roll it to small balls. ( roll them lightly without applying pressure )
10.  Spread them in a cotton cloth and keep it aside for 30 mins ( this helps to remove the moisture content )
11.  Prick a single hole in each ball, with a toothpick, ( this tends to let the air trapped inside the ball to escape, while frying. So the disaster of bursting of the seedais can be avoided ) 
12.  Now heat oil in a thick bottomed wok.
13.  Add the balls in batches. Take care not to overcrowd.
14.  Keep the oil in low medium and stir once in a while.
15.  Fry until it reaches golden brown. ( if you take it in light brown color, the inside of the seedai may not be cooked, so be patient to cook till crisp & perfect )

16.  Drain in a kitchen tissue.
17.  Allow to cool.

18.  Store it in air tight containers.

19.  Healthy & crispy Uppu Seedais are ready...!

To  Prepare Vella Seedai:

1.     Break the jaggery to small pieces and add it in a kadai.
2.     Add  ½ cup of water and allow to boil with stirring.
3.     Once the jaggery is dissolved, heat it up until bubbles appear.
4.     Remove from heat and strain to remove impurities.

5.     In a bowl, take 1 cup rice flour, 3 tsp urad dal flour.

6.     Mix well and add roasted coconut, sesame, butter, elaichi pwd.
7.     Combine and to this pour the jaggery syrup little by little.
8.     Knead well to form a fine dough.
9.     Roll it to small balls.
10.  Leave it to rest in a kitchen tissue or muslin cloth.
11.  Heat oil.
12.  Fry the balls in low flame.
13.  Once the balls reaches dark brown color with crispy texture , remove from oil.  ( this will take more time to get crisp than the Uppu Seedai version. )
14.  Drain it in a tissue.
15.  Cool and store it in air tight containers.

·         Make sure to seive both the lentil and rice flour nicely to smooth pwd.
·         Rotate the balls as lightly as possible without applying pressure.
·         Allow the balls to dry for atleast 20 mins, before frying.
·         Prick the ball with a needle, as it would help the air trapped inside to let off while frying.
·         Roasting the grated coconut is also must, as it shouldn’t contain moisture, which tends to bursting of seedai while frying.

Happy Gokulashtami wishes to all my blogger friends and readers..:)


  1. Happy Gokulashtami wishes dear..I love the jaggery version and your pictures are very inviting..

  2. delicious and crispy seedai....never tried this sweet version....excellent clicks :)

  3. Que buenas tienen que estar esas bolitas, besos

  4. nice one!!! i love the cute gakul!!

  5. Happy Krishnashtami to you too Jay, Seedai looks perfect and well done.

  6. Perfectly made seedais.. Lovely presentation.. Krishna jayanthi wishes to you.. :)

  7. Jay you really have patience to make these delicious goodies! Happy Festival to you too...

  8. Looks perfect and awesome. You made them all the traditional way.

  9. i love this kutty krishnar and yummy

  10. Happy Janmashtami wishes to you and family Jay.
    Both seedai looks absolutely divine, looks delicious and the pictures are absolutely tempting. I loved tat Unni kannan so much :)

  11. Delicious cheedais. A must for Janmasthami!

  12. More than the recipes, Lord Krishna stole the show! Nice flower arrangements, both the seedai looks perfect! :)

  13. Yum ...nice pics ...I posted same too

  14. Happy Janmasthami to you.Seedai made perfectly. Looks very tempting and inviting clicks too.

  15. Happy Janmashtami to u too Jay..u have made the seedai perfectly and tasty too:)

  16. Happy Janmashtami to u too Jay..u have made the seedai perfectly and tasty too:)

  17. My hearty Janmashtami wishes to u and ur family... BTW, lovely versions... Love the cute lil Krishnar doll...

  18. Hi Jay,

    Seedai looks Delicious!!!

    You are having a Neat and Gorgeous space JaY:)

    I Wondered about your Sincerity...

    Keep up your GooD work Dear:)

  19. Such a nice snack. Great for eating in front of the TV:)

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  21. Always wanted to try this. Thanks for the step by step recipes...

  22. Perfect and crispy Jay.Happy Krishnastami.

  23. Perfect festive seedai!! Hats off to u for your patience in taking stepwise pics amidst festive prepns!!

    Happy janmashtami!!!

    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  24. Love both the recipes, have come out perfect!

  25. Wow... It's look so cute....
    and delicious also Happy Krishan jayanti

    Preeti's Kitchen Life

  26. I like to eat the balls. Especially these type of deep frying balls.

  27. Happy janmashtami....nice clicks and as always well explained...

  28. You have done beautifully,both are my fav, feel like munching them.

  29. these look v cute n delicious :)

  30. cute krishna :) like your presentation..

  31. Wonderful Post Jay.Hope Kutti Krishna enjoyed those delicious seedais at ur home and the krishnar luks so cute...

  32. So perfectly made Sedai! so yummy! Lovely presentation

  33. Deliciously tempting treats , Jay ! Love both yummy version :D

  34. happy gokulashtami to you too.........delicious both theversions of the seedai.

  35. Happy Krishna Jayanthi Jay. I like your cute krishna... Love the seedais too.

  36. Thank you friends...
    hope you had a hearty festival too..:)

  37. wonderful post Jay, I learnt lot of things and saw lot of delicious dishes!

  38. Lovely post. Loved the krishna's idol :)

  39. delicious and yummy !!! Join in Fast Food Event - Noodles .

  40. crispy seedai!love krishna..

  41. Happy Janmasthami to you too,both looks so cripy and yummy,love both version.

  42. nicely done... love krishna... i love sweet seedai...

  43. Both seedai looks delicious.

  44. these look so good! and addictive!

  45. Good one .. grt effort . nice presnetation.

  46. Look really delicious Joy!:)

  47. This recipe is awesome !! I love the fine consistency of your flour !! I wonder how these days - they look so much like jamun !! Love the recipe

  48. Crispy and looks inviting !!

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  49. this is all new to me! but they look delicious and perfect as an appetizer

  50. Cute perfect seedai..yumm..

  51. hi jay, so nice of you to really teach in details-they look pretty and appetizing. have a nice day dear

  52. Wow, this is an interesting recipe. Have never tried anything like this before.

  53. Very crispy & yummy

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  55. Happy Krishna Janmashtami.
    The food looks amazing! Love the little krishna.

  56. Very nicely done Jay, I am still very scared of doing this because of the bursting part..

  57. The pictures are so tempting, delicious recipes! I could enjoy a

  58. color combi of roses awesome. i love the version of uppu seedai than sweet one tempting...


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