We have so many Gods so I guess everyone has their favourites among them. I know my mom’s is Lord Krishna. So Janmashtami, which is the birthday of Lord Krishna is very significant at our home and we definitely have Seedai made at home. Seedai is small marble sized flour balls that are deep fried in hot oil. Its actually easy to make but a lot of people dread to make Seedai because it sometimes explodes when dunked in hot oil. This only happens if there are any impurities in any of the ingredients. Til or sesame seeds tend to have impurities like small stones or sand grains. It is important to clean this before mixing in with the other ingredients. Mom takes extra caution while preparing the mix and it is almost like military ordinance testing when the first ball is dropped in the oil. If there is no explosion then we are good to go.
Nah its not that intense. But its good to be a little cautious. Seedai itself is quite tasty, crunchy and the asafoetida( I always have to check the spelling before I type it) gives a nice aroma. So go ahead and try it out.
- Rice flour: 1 cup or 250 gm
- Udat dal: 2 tbsp
- Til / Sesame seeds: 1 tbsp
- Edilble Soda: 1/2 tsp
- Hing: 1/4 tsp ( a small pinch will also do)
- Unsalted Butter: 4 tbsp
- Soak the till in water. If there are any impurities or sand it will sink to the bottom
- Roast the udat dal & grind it to fine powder
- Mix the rice flour, til, udat dal powder, salt, soda & hing
- Use your hands and mix in the butter. Keep mixing until a stiff dough is formed.
- Take tiny portions & roll into small marble sized balls
- Heat oil in a wok for deep frying
- Dunk the seedai balls into the hot oil. Keep turning.
- Once the seedai turns golden brown remove from the oil. Place on an absoebant paper to get rid of the excess oil