On this special Thirukkarthigai day, the temples are all lit up and special prayers are offered. All devotees traditionally offer pori, adhirasam, vella Seedai, vetrilai pakku, fruits as neivedhyam for God Shiva. Sweet Seedai or Vella seedai is another dish that is made for Krishna Jayanthi/ Gokulashtamiand for karthikai Deepam. I did not use uraddal flour for the vella seedai, you can include it.This vella seedai is my family favorite sweet dish.
Rice - 2 cups
Grated Jaggery - 1.5 Cups
Sesame Seeds -50gm
Chopped Cocunut - 3tbsp
Cardamom Powder -1/2tsp
1.Wash the rice, strain and spread on a muslin cloth. Allow about 15 minutes for the cloth to absorb all the water from the rice until it is no longer moist.
2.Blend the rice and then Sieve and blend again repeatedly until into a fine powder. Soak the sesame seeds in water.
3.Add 1 cup water to the jaggery and melt over a low flame. Strain to remove scum.
4.Again boil the jaggery water along with cocunut and sesame seeds and keep stirring it until the jaggery comes to one string consistency.
5.When we take a drop of jaggery water in a finger and rub it with another finger, it should form like a string. This is the correct consistency for the jaggery syrup.
6.As soon as all the jiggery attained right consistency , switch off the gas and add the flour mixture and mix it well along with cardamom powder. Keep this mixture aside for atleast one day
7.The next day, Make gooseberry sized balls of the vella seedai dough and drop around 5-6 balls once and fry it in oil.
8.Remove from flame when it is between golden brown and dark brown in colour. Drain the excess oil. Repeat the process for the rest of vella seedai flour