Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Uppu Seedai and Vella Seedai for Krishna Jayanthi

Happy Krishna Jayanthi

Uppu Seedai (Savoury)

Rice flour - 1 cup
Urad dal flour - 2 TBSP, roasted until light brown and aromatic
Butter - 2 TBSP, room temperature
Sesame Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Freshly grated coconut - 1 TBSP
Asafetida - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - for deep frying

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients.  Add water little at a time and make a tight dough.
  2. Spread a clean and damp cloth or paper towel on the counter top.
  3. Take a small marble sized dough and roll it into a ball, using your palm.
  4. Heat oil in a pan.  Drop the rolled balls little at a time.  
  5. Move the balls gently to prevent them from sticking together.
  6. Fry on a medium heat, until golden brown.
  7. Place it on a paper towel to drain of excess oil.

Vella Seedai (Sweet)

Rice flour - 1 cup, sifted
Urad dal flour - 2 tsp, roasted until light brown and aromatic
Jaggery - 1 cup, grated
Thinly Sliced Coconut Pieces - 1 TBSP
Cardamom Powder - 1/4 tsp
Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp
oil - for frying

  1. In a large skillet, dry roast the rice flour on a low flame, for a minute and until aromatic.
  2. Let it cool completely.  Add the urad flour, sesame seeds and the thinly sliced coconut pieces and mix well. 
  3. Place 1 cup water and 1 cup jaggery in a pan.  Heat until the jaggery dissolves completely.
  4. Strain the jaggery syrup using a fine mesh strainer to remove impurities. Add cardamom powder.
  5. Boil the strained jaggery syrup in the same pan.   Remove from the heat.
  6. Using a ladle, add the syrup little by little into the flour mixture until it forms a tight tough.  
  7. Keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  8. Grease the palm with some ghee and roll the dough into small balls.  A little bigger than a marble.
  9. Heat oil to medium high. The oil should not be smoking hot.
  10. Drop 5 or 6 rolled balls in hot oil.  Wait for a minute and gently move it around to prevent them from sticking together.
  11. Deep fry until dark brown.  


  1. Love to munch some, both uppu seedai and vella seedai makes me drool..

  2. Looks delicious.. Curious to try this, thanks for sharing the recipe..


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