August 16, 2022

Vella Seedai /Innipu Cheedai - Janmashtami Special

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 Vella Seedai or sweet jaggery fritter balls are an essential prasad /offering made for Gokulashtami/ Krishna jayanthi to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna .

We make two types of seedai; Uppu seedai (savory)  and Vella seedai (sweet) along with various other favorites of Lord Krishna to be offered on the special day when we all rejoice and celebrate lord Krishna's birth .

To know how we celebrate Krishna Jayanthy in a typical Tambrahm (Tamil Brahmin) house hold head over to my post, Krishna Jayanthy Celebrations where you can also find link to all the special recipes we make for the big festival .

Making seedai is an art and requires a little expertise and caution while making it . With practice we can easily master this and become a pro .

I am giving all tips and tricks to make a fail proof seedai so that even beginners and newbies can make it with an ease . These tips are applicable for flours which are either home made or store bought. 

Traditionally rice flour and udad dhall flour at prepared at home for purpose of maintaining hygiene and quality but now a days we get good quality ready made flours so we can use that even. 

In this recipe, I have used store brought rice flour and  udad dhall flour to make the recipe, thus making it easy for working women and those who are pressed for time.   

Points to keep in mind 

  • Roast the rice flour in a dry pan until it feels warm. The flour should be roasted just until you can feel the warmth no need for the flour to change color . Sieve the flour well through a sieve once it cools down.
  • Roast the udad dhall flour the same way and sieve it. If you are unable to find ready made udad dhall flour,  take 1 cup of udad dhall and dry roast in a pan until it turn crisp ,cool it and then blend into a fine powder using the blender . Sieve it to get a really fine powder without any grits . 
  • Melt the jaggery in hot water and strain it to remove any impurities .
  • Sieving the flours and jaggery syrup is very important as even a small particle or grit can cause the seedais to burst in the oil .

To know how to make Uppu Seedai and also on how to roast the flours check the video link below 


1 cup rice flour 
1tbsp udad dhall flour /Ulutham maav
1/2  cup grated jaggery + 3/4 cup water to melt it
1/2 tsp white sesame seeds / yellu 
2 tsp grated coconut  (optional)
Pinch of cardamom powder
Oil to deep fry 
1 tbsp unsalted butter/ ghee at room temperature 


  • Take a wide mixing bowl and add the sieved rice flour and udad dhall flour along with the sesame seeds and grated coconut. 
  • Meanwhile, heat the melted jaggery in a pan and let it come to a rolling bowl.we donot need ant string consistency.  When the jaggery is boiling add in the cardamom powder to this.
  • Pour this hot jaggery syrup over the flours and mix it gently with a spoon so that the syrup gets incorporated well with the flours.
  • Now add the melted butter and gently with your hands knead a soft and pliable dough.most of the times the jaggery syrup is enough to knead the dough but incase if you feel the dough is dry , sprinkle some warm water and knead until its firm but soft.  Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 mins.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and start rolling small balls from the dough . The balls must be crack free and the same time not rolled very tight. 
  • If you roll it tight there is a chance of the seedais bursting in oil . Grease your palms with ghee while you begin to roll the balls .
  • When the oil is heated, reduce flame to medium and first drop one ball into the oil . It must not disintegrate in the oil. Incase it disintegrates means the moisture content is more . To fix this ,sprinkle some rice flour and knead the dough again until the dough feels dry and firm . Donot panic. 
  • Once the dough is of righr consistency, drop the balls into the oil carefully and fry on medium flame by occasionally splashing oil over the seedais,this will prevent the seedais from bursting. 
  • Fry until the oil stops hissing and the seedais have turn nice and brown. You can see cracks on the seedais once they are fried. This indicates that the seedais are perfectly done both from the inside and outside.
  • Carefully take it off from the hot oil and let them cool completely before you can store in a dry container. 

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  1. I am such a big fan of vella seedai, but somehow never had the courage to attempt it on my own. Thanks to your recipe now I feel more confident.

    1. I am glad that it will be off help to you . I too had my shares of trial and error before I could post the perfect no fail recipe

  2. I love seedai and always look forward to Krishna Janmashtami to have this prasadam. I also tried them with honey instead of jaggery.

    1. Using honey sounds nice ,but how does it hold up while deep frying? Can you pls share the recipe

  3. Love vella seedai but not made it at home. The snacks we make are different like chkli and ladoo.Good to have your recipe, will follow it now Priya.

  4. I love these yummy vella seedai they look so cute. Sounds like a delicious and yum snack. Never tasted them so please consider parcelling some to me. When I come to Bangalore I will need a demo.

  5. Seeing such lovely recipes of vella seedai, this year I am inspired to try it out for festivities. Have made other sweet treats but not this one. The post has been a virtual treat to go through.

  6. Vella Seedai is a new recipe for me. Looks so good. Bookmarking this recipe to try it out, even Janmashtami is over.

    1. This is a very traditional and must have prasadam for Gokulashtami in Tamil homes try it and I am sure you will like it

  7. Vella seedal has come out perfect ! great bhakshanam to indulge without guilt. - Kalyani


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