YELLADA – SESAME SEED CRISPS
This Recipe Makes ± 20 Crisps
Growing up, my grandmother used to always prepare these tasty treats for us. These were called Yellada – Sesame Seed Crisps which were fluffy on the inside & crispy on the outside. Yellada is the Tamil name for this treat & it is made with sesame seeds, also known as thill to many Indians, along with flour & other ingredients.
Yellada – Sesame Seed Crisps Ingredients:
- 5 teaspoons sesame seeds (thill)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 125 ml ice water
- vegetable oil for deep frying
- Place the sesame seeds (thill) in a small pan.
- Dry fry the sesame seeds (thill) on medium heat it until lightly browned. Remove & set aside.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, add in the flour.
- Thereafter, add in the sugar. I have used brown sugar but you may use white sugar.
- Next, add in the toasted sesame seeds (thill).
- Mix the dry ingredients together.
- Add in the butter.
- Mix the butter into the flour until it is combined.
- Pour in the ice water & the vinegar.
- Mix well until a dough begins to form.
- Using your hands, roughly knead the dough in the mixing bowl.
- Place the stiff dough onto a floured surface & knead until nicely combined.
- Thereafter, roll the dough out as thin as you can.
- Use a cutter or a simple glass of your choice (preferably smaller sizes) & press into the dough, cutting out the desired shapes.
- Remove the shapes & set aside.
- Heat a medium sized pot with enough vegetable oil for deep frying. When the oil is hot enough, carefully drop in a few of the dough shapes. Do not over crowd the pot.
- The dough shapes should puff up. Fry until golden.
- Remove from the oil & drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Continue the process until all the shapes are fried.
- Plate & serve whilst hot.
- Enjoy these Yellada – Sesame Seed Crisps with a hot drink such as Turkish Coffee.
- Store them in an airtight container.