23 Aug 2011

Sweet and Kaara Butter Seedai


         Krishna Jayanthi is not complete without any prasadham offerings to Krishna. So many items are offered to him on the auspicious day. Obviously I can't make everything, so had to zero down on two items. Seedai seemed innocent enough for me to try.


             I have read some scary stories but I thought I will give it a go. I possibly couldn't prepare the flour at home, so I used store brought flours.This is my first experiment with seedai. Mixing the flours was easy but rolling them into equal size balls about 1 cm in diameter was the difficult job.
            Seriously I don't have the patience...... it is like you see an awesome song of SRK and Kajol from their forth coming film and then you have to wait till the movie is released which will be after 2-3 weeks. How frustrating is that!!!!!

            I rolled them and left it to dry for nearly  6 hours .... now this is the kaara seedai we are talking about. The sweet seedai story is a different story:)

            I feel "Sweet Seedai" represents Krishna and "Butter Kaara Seedai" represents Radha.... the perfect match:)

Kaara Butter Seedai:


Rice flour [roasted]: 2 cups.
Urad dhal flour [roasted] : 1/2 cup.
Melted butter: 50 gms.
Salt: 1 tsp.


Asafoetida powder: 1/2 tsp.
Cumin: 1 tsp.
Water: as needed to make a dough
Vegetable oil: to fry the seedai

1. Mix all the ingredients until you get a fine bread crumb consistency.
2.Then add the water little by little to get a firm dough.
3.Make small equal sized round balls around 1cm in diameter.
4.Arrange them on a newspaper or clean white cloth which can absorb moisture.
5.Let the seedai dry out for atleast a couple of hours.


6.Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Fry a small piece of the dough to see if it just pops up and not bursting.
7.Don't add too many seedai at once, maybe 5 to 8 depending on the size of the frying pan.
8.The seedai will automatically float on top of the hot oil when done.
9.Drain on kitchen towels and store them in air tight containers when completely cooled.


Sweet Seedai.

           By the time I finished making the savoury version, it was already 6 in the evening. Then I finished my dinner and then I started with the sweet version at 11 in the night. It was well worth the time and effort.


           I found this recipe in one of the famous blogs around which is none other than DK 's Chef in you. It was an easy recipe, explained very well and presented beautifully. I didn't dare to change the recipe in anyway but made a few adjustments. I didn't have fresh coconut, so I used dessicated coconut and added 1 tsp of sesame seeds. Also I added 1 tbsp of ghee.

           The real fun part was preparing the jaggery syrup. It was not the usual method but worked out perfectly fine.


Rice flour: 1 cup.
Urad dhal flour: 2 tsp.
Powdered jaggery: 1 cup.
Hot water: 1 cup.
Ghee: 1 tbsp.
Dessicated coconut: 1 tbsp.
Cardamom powder: 1/2 tsp.
White sesame seeds: 1/2 tsp.


1.Take the jaggery in a bowl and add 1 cup of hot water. Let it sit for 40 minutes.
2.Roast the sesame seeds until aromatic and keep aside.
3.Mix the rice flour, urad flour, sesame seeds, ghee, cardamom powder and dessicated coconut together.


4.Filter the jaggery syrup and add it to the flour mix little by little until you get a firm dough consistency.
5.Make small equal sized balls of 1 cm diameter. Spread them on a news paper and let them dry out for a good couple of hours.
6.Heat oil and fry the seedai in small batches.
7.Drain on paper towels and store in air tight containers.

Note: You might have some syrup left which can be used for something else.

I enjoyed making them and tasting them. They were awesome ....

Enjoy....


Scribbled by Reva

37 comments:

Ramya said...

Lovely clicks. I have never tried making these..

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Loved both the versions...Hey very beautiful clicks too...clear and crisp..

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Revathy, The best krishna radhe doll ever seen is urs .. OMG i love them so much .. u hv clicked it the best!!!such an cute couple in oonjal..i need them ...n the picture with flowers falling oh so so cute.. lovely no words!!! HATSOFF!!! by the way u shd def share with me the place whr u purchased it!!!n now to the seedais .. so good n perfecto!!! GRT !!!

Vimitha Anand said...

Both the versions look so crunchy n yummy...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Ladoos look great and fulfilling. Excellent preparation. Feel like taking a few of them from the monitor.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Ms.Chitchat said...

Gorgeous looking seedais, perfectly prepared. Enjoyed the write-up and the click too.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

very well explained seedai recipe. I would love the kaara version and give it a try. Absolutely love the radha krishan idol and how beautifully you have clicked it with falling petals.

And, wow, what a comparison of this with SRK Kajol movie, loved that the best :)

Priya said...

Both looks fabulous,crispy and quite additive..

Rinku Naveen said...

Oh wow Reva. Such yummy looking seedai's. Just loved the way you have made the offering. Superb! Worth all the effort.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Oh My God... so perfectly done.... Bet you have professional experience in making seedais!!
http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com/

GEETHA ACHAL said...

krishna radhai statue looks so cute...Love it..

Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe with us...

I just want to ask whether you made the butter at home (previous post pic)..If so post it...

Now Serving said...

fabulous pictures of the doll and the seedais! mouthwatering!!!!

Priya's Feast said...

Nice post on krishna jayanthi special..Luved the seedai pics..

Taste Junction said...

These are simply beautiful clicks. Happy Janmasthami. My bad luck that I have never tasted these..but with your recipe, I can surely give it a try....Do you click outdoor, since the pics have a very open air feel about them!

Pushpa said...

Fabulous clicks and fantastic seedais.

divya said...

Both the versions look so crunchy n yummy...

Neha said...

Looks so yummy...

layaa said...

Reva,
Your clicks were amazing,superb,excellent,wonderful,.......etc.,etc.,especially krishna and radha in oonjal,ah,it gives a heavenly feeling... that click itself shows u as a great photographer.

Mélange said...

In my whole life I never met up with such a classic idol of Radhakrishna..It's more than amazing Reva.The clicks and both seedai offerings look perfect.Worth an attempt.Lots of work no ? Hats off to you.

aipi said...

The Radha-Krishna image is just divine. It is very seldom you find an idol with such a calm and peaceful disposition. The seedai is a perfect tribute to my favorite Vishnu-avatar.Picture do justice as well!
USMasala

Sharmilee! :) said...

Loveed all ur clicks and the krishan radha idol...looks so nice. Both the seedais have come put perfect Reva...great enjoy!

Prathibha said...

Ur seedais r perfect n so is that idol..that krishna-radha idol is 2 good n u captured it so beautifully

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Both recipe are lovely...

Kalyani's Platter said...

Lovely clicks ... And look delicious reva ...

cookingvarieties said...

this must be great as dessert , eaten while its still hot , for tea- oops just a wild guess- cos you said you enjoy the taste :) must be yummy.
many thanks for your visit, really appreciate it.

lakshmi said...

You have such a beautiful blog here, I haven't seen ragi porridge that looks so glamourous elsewhere. Thanks for dropping by at our blog.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks perfect, beautiful clicks.

Vijitha said...

Superb bakshanams! Yum and loved the Krishna-Radhe idol

Mugdha said...

Looks soo tempting, yummy and delicious...awesome clicks..:)

Vidhya said...

Both versions look fabulous.

saffronstreaks said...

happy Janmasthami to u nd ur family

never tried making these seedai..they looks highly appetizing and I loved the jaggery one...pics are beautiful as usual

Sukanya

Uma said...

Lovely dishes and beautiful clicks.

Prathima Rao said...

Perfect seedai!!! Never tried this at home..always assumed they were complicated..But seeing so many wonderful posts for seedai motivates me to give it a try...Even after Janmashtami :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Avika J Chawla said...

Wonderful clicks and both the versions looks really desirable..yum yum

SouthIndianHome said...

Both the seedais looks absolutely delicious
South Indian Recipes

Sowmya said...

seedai looks so perfect..thanks for the recipe..:)

Malaysian Delicacies said...

Luvly clicks and luv the seedai

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