Only 3 days more for Krishna Jayanthi, so today’s recipe is going to be traditional South Indian Special inippu/vella seedai. Last year for janmastami I made vella seedai for the very first time and they came out really good. This year as my MIL is with us, she suggested several tips for making vellam/jaggery seedai, also she insisted to make fresh rice flour for it. But this week my elder daughter started full time school, so I felt comfort with instant rice flour. Will try to make and post another version of seedai with homemade rice flour later!!!
Yields :- 50 Seedais
Instant Rice Flour – 1 Cup
Jaggery/Vellam – 1n1/4 Cup
Chopped or Shredded Coconut – 1 Tbsp
Sesame Seeds – 2tsp or 1 Tbsp
Cardamom Powder – 1 Tbsp
- In a sauce pan add 1 cup of water to jaggery and keep aside.
- In a wide pan/kadai dry fry the flour in very low flame for few minutes, and make sure not to burn it.
- Remove flour to another bowl and dry roast the fresh coconut in the same pan till moisture evaporates.
- Transfer the fried coconut to flour.
- Also add cardamom powder and sesame seeds to it (Pic 1), mix well.
- Bring the jaggery immersed water to boil, keep stirring so that jaggery quickly dissolves in water.
- Once completely dissolved, strain the impurities and again bring it to boil.
- In medium flame boil 5-7 minutes and here no string consistency is needed.
- Just look at the stepwise picture 2 for the syrup consistency.
- Add the hot syrup in batches to the rice flour mixture (Pic 3) and when comes to little loose dough consistency, stop adding syrup (Pic 4).
- Cover loosely and keep at room temperature for 2 hours at least (I kept 4hrs).
- By this time the dough hards (Pic 5) and you can make perfect balls out of it.
- When u feel the dough is watery and you can’t make balls then adjust it with few tsps of rice flour.
- Spread the seedai balls over dry cloth or paper(Pic 6).
- No need to wait for the moisture to absorb, once you done with the dough, heat oil and fry 10-12 balls in each batch.
- While adding the balls the oil should be very hot and after that reduce to medium flame, otherwise vella seedai turns dark brown soon.
- Also seedai has some cracks over outer layer and its normal.
- Drain using paper towel(Pic 7).
- These seedai are crispy to munch immediately and when stored in air tight container they turn soft by next day.
- Can store and use up to 5 days.