Seedai, a savory snack is my contribution to Latha N, my favorite girl from the really yummy "The YUM blog"! She is requesting Janmashtami festival food items from us for the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami that is Lord Krishna's birthday! Thanks for hosting Latha!:))
As the story goes:
Krishna Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Shri Krishna, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, believed to have been born about five thousand years ago in Mathura in 'Dwapar Yuga'. This celebration is said to be revealed originally by the Sri Krishna himself to Yudhishthira, the eldest of Pandavas, as mentioned in the Bhavishyottara Purana. He was born to Vasudeva and Devaki, who were imprisoned by Devaki's evil brother Kansa and was brought up by Nanda and Yashoda. The birth of Lod Krishna is believed to be symbolic of our imprisonment in worldly illusions, where He took birth with us and led us to salvation and peace, vanquishing all evils depicted by his uncle Kansa in the story.(This info is from here)
To know more about the story of birth of Krishna, click here.
I made a small amount of Seedai just for this event and for Latha, as I celebrate only Deepavali and Shivaratri by choice! Hahaha!
Seedai is made Rice flour and Urad dal flour with spices and deep fried which is made specially for little Krishna's birthday (as I read in Latha's post) for us to enjoy. Since I have made sweets last week, I thought of sending her a savory snack to munch on! :)
You can double the recipe if you want more. This is the trickiest recipe (tend to explode for some reason most of the time, no idea why!) of all the snacks I made at home so far, results may not be the same for you when you try these. Although it came out okay for me this time, I advice you to experiment with the very small amount of dough and see how it goes for you!
Here is how I made Seedai:
1. Warm 1 cup Rice flour in a pan,add to a bowl. Roast 2 tbsp Urad dal until slightly reddish,cool on paper towel and grind to a fine powder.
2. Take both flours in a wide bowl,add salt to taste,1/2 tbsp softened butter, chilli pd if you like(I didn't add it to keep them creamish in color), 1 tsp crushed Cumin seeds,1 tsp Sesame sesame seeds, mix.
3. Add water 1tbsp at a time to flour,mix to a firm dough.Cover and let it rest for 15-20 mins.
4. Take a small golf ball size lump,roll into a 1" thick long rope, cut it to 1" pieces again and roll them into large marble sized balls gently between your palm.Smear some oil on your palms if it sticks. Repeat with the rest of the dough.(Mine is not exactly round but hey,not bad for a first time try!)
5. Let the balls dry for 10 mins while you heat the oil to 350F for deep frying.
Frying the balls immediately after rolling them will result in mini explosions! DO NOT DO IT PEOPLE!
6. When the oil is ready,drop them carefully by the handful and fry to a slightly golden color.Drain on the paper towel. When cooled,store in a glass jar ie if there are any left!:D
Enjoy munching the crunchy Seedai!
Happy Birthday to you butter stealing (Benne Kalla!) little Krishna!:D
This image is a result of the Internet search.I forgot the site where I got it from.Thank you whoever you are who created this beautiful animation!:)
Happy Krishna Janmashtami to all of you. Enjoy!:))