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Uppu Cheedai

Cheedai is a crunchy, gluten free snack mainly made with rice flour. It is mainly made for Janmashtmi festival which is celebrated for Lord Krishna's birth.
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 20 balls
Author Priya Shiva


  • Rice Flour – 8 tbsp
  • Urad dal/white lentil – 1 tbsp
  • Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
  • Butter – 1 tbsp melted
  • Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Idhayam Mantra groundnut Oil for deep frying


  1. Roast the rice flour for 2-3 minutes and make sure colour of the flour does not change. Let it cool down completely.

  2. Roast sesame seeds lightly and set it aside.

  3. Roast urad dal/white lentil for few minutes till it turns light brown. Grind it to make a powder. Now sieve rice flour, urad dal powder, asafoetida, salt together into a wide mixing bowl.

  4. Add sesame seeds, butter and mix together with hands. Now add water little by little to form a soft dough.

  5. Now pinch out to make tiny balls. Don’t make very smooth and tight balls or they will burst while frying.

  6. Place these balls on a plate and keep it ready.

  7. Heat oil in a frying pan. Drop one ball to check if oil is ready. If the oil sizzles and ball comes up immediately, oil is ready for deep frying.

  8. Lower the flame and then add 8-10 balls carefully. Deep fry until golden brown.

  9. Let them cool down completely before storing them in an air tight container.

Recipe Notes

If you are making it in a big batch, place the balls on a clean towel.