Uppu Cheedai | Savory Rice Marbles

Seedai /Cheedais a savory snack made  mainly with rice flour and urad dal powder during festivals or as a casual evening snack.IMG_7076Uppu cheedai was my fav fried snack  as a kid and I still enjoy it a lot with my coffee. This is customary to make this dish for festivities  especially during Janmashtami.  The smell of frying and butter and sweet smell surrounds the house.

IMG_7073Its flavor comes from grated coconut (optional) and sesame seeds.  In our house its usually made without adding any spice, and I believe which is the typical way of making it, but one can add pepper powder or chili powder to make it a spicy cheedai.

IMG_7079Here I am sharing the proportions that has been passed down to me by my granddad that works very good for me one parts rice flour to 1/8 th part urad dal powder and butter. Sesame seeds, grated coconut and sat to taste.

IMG_7081Note: The rice flour is usually made by soaking rice in water for few hours and then air drying it till all the water is out. Then the rice is ground to a fine powder and sifted to get the rice flour. Here I have used the idiyappam flour which is the ready made version of the above style processed rice flour. Idiyappam flour works better for me than the regular rice flour.

Uppu Cheedai | Savory Rice Marbles

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: medium
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Rice flour – 2 cups
Urad dal flour – 1/4 cup
Butter -1/4 cup ( room temperature)
Sesame seeds – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
Hing  – 1 tsp
Water to kneed
Oil to fry


  1. In a pan dry roast 1/4th cup of urad dal to a golden brown color.
  2. Once done let the dal come to room temperature before grinding it to a powder. Meanwhile….
  3. Take 2 cups of rice flour and lightly fry it in the same pan. Make sure you do this in a very low flame and that the rice flour does not change color.
  4. Once the flour is hot to touch remove it in a mixing bowl.
  5. Now grind the urad dal in to a smooth flour. Sift it to remove the dal residue that is not ground properly.
  6. Add 1/4th cup urad dal powder to the rice flour and add in the butter and mix it well.
  7. Add the sesame seeds, salt and hing to it and mix it well. The mix should be hold shape when held tight and should crumble when broken ( similar to the pie crust consistency)
  8. Now divide the mix to 2 equal parts
  9. Add water to the first part and make it to a smooth dough. make sure that it is not too hard to watery but just right to be able to roll into small balls ( if you know how the magnetic sand is it should be similar)
  10. Now heat the oil in medium heat
  11. Now roll the dough into small balls of almost size of  cherry seeds.
  12. Start frying the first cheedai batch. Make sure to fry it in the same temperature of for same color and crunch.
  13. Now prepare the 2nd batch with the second part of the mix by repeating  steps 8-11

Crispy and crunchy cheedais are ready for krishna and you 🙂


  • Make sure not to mix all the flour at the same time because the more it sits, more chances it will brown.
  • Use room temperature butter for good results.
  • If you plan to add coconut to the seedai, lightly fry the grated coconut to remove moisture.  this avoids it form bursting.
  • Replace Butter with HOT OIL to make the vegan version. Add the hot oil to the rice flour mix to bring the mix to the same pie like consistency.

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