Uppu Seedai (crispy rice balls)is a festive savory snack made exclusively for Gokulashtami. It is made with rice flour, urad dal flour along with special condiments. Seedai (crispy rice balls) comes both in sweet and savory versions. This recipe is the savory version.
I made this snack for the first time for specially for Krishna Janmashtami. I learnt this recipe from fellow bloggers and that's how I got introduced to this recipe. It is a deep-fried snack and highly addictive. It looks like rice stones and texture wise- it is very crunchy. In this recipe, I have added cumin seeds and red chili powder. Traditionally, these two ingredients are not added.
1 cup Rice flour
1 1/2 tsp Urad Dal flour
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
1/2 tsp Red chili powder
1/2 tsp Sesame seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp Ghee or butter (at room temperature)
Oil for deep frying
- Mix rice flour, urad dal flour, asafoetida, red chili powder, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, ghee and salt
- Add about 3/4 cup - 1 cup of water to knead the dough. It should be soft and pliable
- Now roll the dough into small balls. Approximately 1 cm or 2 cm.
- Spread the rolled balls on a absorbent paper for 5 to 10 minutes and leave it for air dry
- Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel for deep frying. Drop handful of balls to the oil and fry in medium flame until it turns brown color
- Use absorbent paper to drain excess oil
- After it has completely cooled store it in a air tight container