Friday, August 25, 2006

Uppu cheedai

Literally Salt Cheedai.

Roasted Urad Flour - 1 tbs
Rice Flour - 16 tbs (The ratio is 1:16 for urad : rice flours)
Asafoetida - 1 tsp (soaked in a little water)
Salt to taste
Sesame seeds - 1/2 tsp (soaked in a little water)
Butter - 1 tbs (at room temperature)
Oil - For frying (Generally coconut oil or peanut oil is preferred)

1) Rice flour is traditionally washed, dried and ground in a mill for this. It is put in a sieve so that there are no lumps and the flour is smooth and even. However there is no sieve with me and no scope in my mixer to make a very fine powder. So I used the store bought Rice flour and just roasted it mildly over low flame for 3-4 mins.

2) Urad dal needs to be roasted to a nice coffee brown and ground finely - you can use a sieve again to get an even powder. The baking sieve that I have did not help as the particles are smaller so I used a clean towel with slightly larger holes. It is extremely difficult to grind small quantities so better to grind larger quantity. It can be used for a variety of dishes.

3) Mix the rice and urad flour with butter, asafoetida, salt and sesame seeds and make a stiff dough. Do not add more butter as the cheedais will become powdery.

4) Role out small round balls - the diameter of 1cm or so. Spread these balls on a towel or newspaper and let dry completely. The cheedais have a nasty reputation of bursting when put in oil so the drying must be complete - no drop of water or lumps.

5) Heat the oil till it smokes a little (not too much), pop in one cheedai and see if it bursts. If not, you are doing good fry till golden brown. Take aside on tissue. Wait till naivedyam to enjoy!!! :-) The results are worth the effort!


At 3:00 PM, Blogger Akhila said...

Hi Vasudara,
Thanks for the recipe..I especially appreciate the fact that you take the time to provide the details.

At 5:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi : Thank you for all the little details you provide. They clear up all doubts and help making the outcome, so much better

At 7:38 PM, Blogger anu said...

vasundhara, i enjoyed reading your very recipie, leave about commenting on the result, but let me tell you i enjoyed the way you wrote the reality about the art of cheedai making, so humorously written well i think i wish to read your writes, atleast to enjoy the pleasent humour.


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