Vellai Seedai Recipe - Krishna Janmashtami | Gokulashtami Recipe

A delicious, crisp lip smacking Vellai Seedai snack made from freshly ground rice flour and flavoured with coconut, sesame and cardamom powder & jaggery. Make this snack for Krishna Janmashtami or simply as a snack along with evening coffee.

Archana Doshi
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Vellai Seedai or Cheedai is a traditional recipe made during the festival of Krishna Jayanthi also known as Gokulashtami, or Janmashtami. This festival is the most popular festivals amongst the Hindus. The Uppu Seedai (Salted Crisp Rice Marbles) and the Vellai Seedai (Sweet Rice Marbles) are made on this special festival for the Lord Krishna.

Here are more festival recipes to try

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  2. Mullu Murukku (Chakkali Recipe )
  3. Gopalkala Recipe (Janmashtami Special)
  4. Easy Coconut Ladoo Stuffed With Pistachios Recipe


Course: Snack
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

700 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

720 M


40 Seedai


  • 1 cup Rice , washed, soaked for 2 hours and dried completely with a dry cloth
  • 2 tablespoons White Urad Dal (Whole)
  • 2 tablespoons Roasted Gram Dal (Pottukadalai)
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame seeds (Til seeds)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh coconut , grated
  • 1/2 cup Jaggery
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (Elaichi)
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • Oil , for deep frying

How to make Vellai Seedai Recipe - Krishna Janmashtami | Gokulashtami Recipe

  1. To begin making the Vellai Seedai Recipe, prepare all the ingredients and keep ready.

  2. Soak the rice for two hours and drain out the water. Dry the rice in a kitchen towel overnight. 

  3. Once dry, blend to make a fine powder.

  4. In a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat, roast the urad and bengal gram dals until it releases a roasted aroma. 

  5. Blend the Urad dal and chana dal into a fine powder and keep aside. 

  6. In the same pan, toast the sesame seeds for a few seconds and then add the coconut and toast for another 30 seconds and turn off the heat.

  7. Into a small saucepan, add the water and jaggery and turn on the heat. Keep stirring until the jaggery dissolves in water and comes to a brisk boil for a few seconds. 

  8. Into a large wide bowl; add the rice flour, urad chana dal flour, coconut sesame seed mixture, elaichi powder, and ghee.

  9. Combine the mixture until you get a coarse crumb texture.

  10. Add the jaggery water and knead to make a soft dough. 

  11. Now grease your palms with ghee and and shape the dough to make small marble size balls. Place the balls in a tray and prepare the oil for deep frying.

  12. Once the oil is heated, turn the heat to low.

  13. Gradually drop a few Vellai Seedai balls at a time into the oil and deep fry thee balls.

  14. Using a slotted spoon keep stirring the Vellai Seedai balls to fry them evenly until it becomes dark golden brown.

  15. It is important to cook the Vellai Seedai in low heat so it gets evenly crip and roasted from inside as well.

  16. Drain the Vellai Seedai from the oil and allow it to cool. The cooling process allows the Seedai to turn crisp and crunchy.

  17. Store the Vellai Seedai  in airtight containers and serve as a snack for festivals like Krishna Janmashtami.