Honestly, my earlier attempts to make this were a disaster to say the least. So, I was literally crossing my fingers and praying that I would survive the verbal attacks that would come my way if this bombed , again. Thankfully, it was a super success and even kiddo who takes a longgggg time to appreciate any new appachi (or fried snack / Bhakshanam) lapped it up quickly. I made this with a very small quantity, and shall surely make more (on S's request to do so) soon ! Off to the recipe now, shall we ?
Sending to my own event - Vrat ka khaana along with Nayna's South Indian flavours as well as Sukanya's Monsoon Medley
Prep time : 20 mins. Frying time : 15 mins. Makes: About 1/2 cup of medium - large sized seedai.
- Rice flour (I used store bought) - 1 cup
- Maida / APF - 4 TBSP
- Fried gram /Pottu Kadalai / Hurigadale - 6 TBSP
- Oil - to deep fry
- Spices : Salt to taste, Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
- Finely minced coriander / curry leaves - 1 TBSP (opt)
- Hing / Asafoetida - a generous pinch
- Jeera / Cumin - 1 tsp
1) Dry roast fried gram (Hurigadale / Pottu Kadalai) on low/ medium heat for 30 - 45 secs. Cool and grind to a smooth flour. You should get about 4 -5 TBSP of flour.
2) Sieve rice flour, maida and fried gram flour one by one into a large bowl.
3) Heat about 4 TBSP of oil in a small pan and add to the flour.
4) Now add salt, hing, jeera, red chilli powder to the mixed flours.
5) Using very little water, make a semi hard dough. Cover for 6 - 7 mins with a slightly wet clean muslin cloth.
NOTE: Extra water will resulting in spurting of the seedais while frying, which could be very dangerous. Just wet your finger tips in a shallow dish of water from time to tome while preparing the dough.
6) Uncover & pinch out equal number of balls from this dough.
7) Grease your palms slightly and lightly roll each of this balls to a round shape. Meanwhile heat the oil for frying.
8) Once you have the oil on medium heat (not smoky), roll these balls (seedai) in batches to the hot oil and fry them on low - medium heat till you see the air bubbles vanish and the seedai sinking in at the bottom of the kadai, while turning golden brown (similar to Gulab Jamun)
9) Transfer to a plate lined with tissue paper. Cool and preserve in an airtight container.
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