Seedai, Baked South Indian Jar Snack

Seedai, Baked South Indian Jar Snack

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Seedai is a super popular South Indian jar snack, which is inseparable from Janmashtami celebrations in Tamil Nadu. Every household makes a batch of tiny, ball-shaped seedais by deep-frying a dough of rice and urad flours with butter and spices, to offer to the playful Lord Krishna.

We present here a modified and healthier version of seedai made with a blend of healthy flours, and baked to perfection instead of deep-frying.

Not only do we boost the nutrition content using wholesome flours, but we also do away with the extra calories attached to deep-frying, making this snack accessible to everybody including dieters.

You can also try other healthy snacks like Baaked Bhakarwadi and Matarsutir Kachori .

Seedai, Baked South Indian Jar Snack recipe - How to make Seedai, Baked South Indian Jar Snack

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Baking Time:  35 minutes   Baking Temperature:  200°C (400°F)   Total Time:     2Makes 1.5 cups
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  1. Combine the urad dal and chana dal in small non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 minutes or till it turns light brown in colour, while stirring continuously.
  2. Cool slightly and blend in a mixer till smooth.
  3. Combine all the ingredients, except the oil in a deep bowl and knead into a semi-soft dough using enough water.
  4. Divide the mixture into 75 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball.
  5. Pour the oil and toss well.
  6. Arrange them on a greased baking tray.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200ºc (400ºf) for 15 minutes. Remove the tray using oven-friendly gloves and shake the tray slightly once or twice so as to toss the seedai and again bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Cool completely and store in an air-tight container. Use as required.
Nutrient values per serving
Energy91 cal
Protein3.9 g
Carbohydrates14.7 g
Fiber1.9 g
Fat1.8 g
Cholesterol2.5 mg
Vitamin A47.7 mcg
Vitamin B10.1 mg
Vitamin B20 mg
Vitamin B30.7 mg
Vitamin C0.1 mg
Folic Acid19.4 mcg
Calcium19.9 mg
Iron1.1 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium16.4 mg
Potassium118.3 mg
Zinc0.5 mg


Seedai, Baked South Indian Jar Snack
 on 07 Jun 20 09:45 PM

It came out lovely! We enjoyed it very much! I made it in a baati cooker and it worked well. Don’t know the original version so I can’t compare, and mine were not fully crispy, they are soft in the centre like small bread balls with a crust, is that ok?
Tarla Dalal
10 Jun 20 03:30 PM
   Hi, It needs to be crunchy from inside as well.