Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Baked Vella Seedai - Sweet Seedai (Cheedai)

Happy Krishna Jayanthi to all of you. Krishna Jayanthi (Gokulashtami) is a celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna. It falls in the Aug-Sept month. A lot of snacks that Krishna likes are prepared to celebrate. Young kids dress up as Krishna and Radha and perform dances. In the evening, Prasadam (all food prepared) is offered to God and little steps are drawn from outside to the prasadam to represent the foot prints of little Krishna (symbolic of Krishna coming and eating the snacks).

Vella Sedai is made with flour and jaggery. It is usually a deep fried snack. But here I have made a baked version of it. It was actually very tasty. I have made a very small quantity. Increase to make more.

Ingredients (makes 20 seedai)

Rice Flour 1/2 cup
Urad Dal Flour 2 tbsp (see recipe below)
Coconut 2 tbsp
Jaggery 1/2 cup
Cardamom 1/8 tsp

Method of Preparation

1. Dry Roast the rice flour in a low flame till the colour changes slightly and a nice aroma comes.

2. Dry roast the pealed whole urad dal. Let it cool and powder into a fine flour.

3. In a bowl, mix the rice flour, urad dal flour and cardamom.

4. Add the jaggery along with 1/4 cup of water to a pan. Simmer till it is melted. Filter to clean out any impurities. Return the jaggery syrup back to the pan. Simmer till it thickens.

5. Add to the flour mix and make a stiff dough. If it is too soft, just add a tsp or so of rice flour. The idea is to make a dough that can be rolled into balls.

6. Preheat the oven to 200C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

7. Make small balls (size of a marble). Arrange on the sheet. Brush a little oil on the balls.

8. Bake on the preheated oven for 15-20 min. I baked mine for 20 min. Check half way thru and give the tray a shake to get uniform baking.

I will bake it for 15 min next time. It was soft when it came out of the oven. But hardened a little after a little while. So the colour is what you should be looking for. 

Also, I forgot to toss in between. So it got a little burned at the base :-) 


  1. healthy seedai recipe :) love the guilt free version for sure

  2. Nice guilt free version and no need to fear of exploding. Will try soon

  3. Really a great idea for health conscious people like me... Very healthy version..

  4. Baking is so novel.. technology does bring in a beautiful blend of traditional with modern times :)

  5. Healthy guit free version of seedai.. Loved it