Saturday, August 27, 2011
Vella Cheedai (Sweet Cheedai)
Sweet cheedais are a little bigger than the savoury cheedais. They are sweet crunchies, with a nice flavour of sesame seeds and cardamom powder. They are similar to savoury cheedais except that jaggery is added to the flour to make the cheedais sweet.
Rice flour : 1 cup
Grated jaggery : 3/4 cup
Sesame seeds : 1 tsp
Roasted urad dal powder: 1 tsp
Butter: 2 tsp
Coconut cut into small pieces: 1 tsp
Cardamom powder : 1/4 tsp
Seive the rice flour twice to remove any grains and dry roast it to a light pink color. Cool.
Prepare the urad dal powder as described in the earlier post of cheedai.
Melt the jaggery in half a cup of water. Strain to remove impurities. Cool. Mix the rice flour and urad dal powder. Add the cardamom powder and sesame seeds. Mix well. Rub in the butter. Add the coconut pieces. Mix well.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the jaggery syrup. Knead well to make a soft dough.
Roll into slightly bigger balls than for the savoury cheedais.
Heat the oil. When the oil starts smoking, add the cheedais, a handful at a time and fry to a reddish brown color. Repeat till all cheedais are fried.
Crunchy, sweet cheedais are ready.
A word of caution:- Be careful about the quantity of jaggery. It could be a little less than the prescribed measure, never more, which will cause the cheedais to disintegrate when put in oil.