Category Archives: Laddoo Recipes

Sesame Ladoo | Ellu Urundai | Til Ladoo | Black Sesame Balls Recipe | Karuppu Ellu Laddu

Happy to post calcium-rich Sesame/Til/Ellu ladoo specially for Women’s day(March 8) as women need more calcium than men. A perfect sweet to celebrate ! Happy women’s day…

When a girl attains puberty, this is given to strengthen her hip bones. For feeding moms, this is given to boost lactation. Even pregnant ladies can have this in moderation to meet their calcium demands. Women during Menopause, should have more calcium-rich food to stay away from Osteoporosis.

Experts advice to include sesame after 6 months for babies, if there is no family history of food/skin allergies. It is better to wait till 1 year of age as any allergic reactions could be dangerous for infants under one.

This traditional Ellu urundai(Sesame balls) are made using palm jaggery(Karupati). For jaggery(vellam) based sesame recipes, refer my earlier posts – Ellu Mittai/Sesame Chikki or Ragi Simili

Sesame/Ellu Ladoo Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Waiting Time : 10 mins
Makes : 13 | Suits: 1+ Year babies and whole family

Black Sesame seeds/Ellu – 1/2 cup
Palm jaggery/Karuppatti – 1/2 cup
Fried chana dal/Pottukadalai – 1/4 cup
Water – 1/4 cup
Dry ginger powder/Sukku thool – a generous pinch

Preparation

1.Dry roast sesame seeds until nicely pops up. Make sure not to burn it. Cool down and then transfer to mixie jar.2.Grind finely and transfer it to a mixing bowl. Add fried chana dal(Pottukadalai) to the same jar and grind to fine powder.3.Mix both ground stuffs well using fingers. In a kadai, take 1/2 cup of grated palm jaggery(Karupati) and add 1/4 cup of water to it.4.Add a generous pinch of dry ginger powder(Sukku thool). Allow it to boil well until the karupati dissolves fully and nicely bubbles up. Switch off when it looks like thick honey.5.Filter it and start adding to the powder mix. Pour incrementally and mix evenly with a spoon.6.Take a pinch and roll into a ball. It will look glossy and won’t take a perfect shape(as seen in middle thumbnail in the below pic). Still, make the balls and put it in a plate. Leave it open for 10-20 mins. Now, take each ladoo and roll again between palms. It could be rolled to perfect ladoos as in the last thumbnail.

Tasty Ellu urundai is ready ! Have a healthy bite !!

Tips/Tricks

  • You shall grind sesame seeds coarsely if you like coarse, chewy ladoos. Traditional ones will be coarse as they use big hand mortar and pestle in place of mixie.
  • The given water measurement always works perfect for me. Anyways, pour the syrup incrementally to the mix and stop, if you feel the mix is getting more watery.
  • If your mix becomes too watery to pinch a ball, add some more fried chana dal(pottukadalai) powder to compensate.
  • I usually wash sesame seeds in bulk and dry in sun or under fan until moisture disappears. Then, dry roast and store in air-tight container. This stored sesame seeds can be used in any sesame recipes, just skipping the roasting part as it is already roasted.

Nutritional Benefits

Sesame seeds(Ellu/Til) – Protein, Folates, Omega 3&6 fatty acids, Vitamins A,B&E, Phosphorous, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Selenium & other minerals
Fried chana dal/Pottukadalai – Protein , Fibre, Sodium
Palm Jaggery/Karupatti – Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, anti-oxidants, Vitamins B&C

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Kambu Karuppatti Laddu | Pearl Millet Laddoo | Sirudhaaniya Laddu | Kambu Ladoo Recipe

*2017*  New Year ** New Desires ** New Hopes** Let all your good wishes come true. Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year. Let us celebrate with a nutritious sweet.

Iron-rich Pearl Millet(Kambu) Ladoo is a healthy snack for all ages. Say no to junk food and opt for homemade healthy noshes like this. Just one more new year resolution for a healthy life.

I clicked this a year back in last Jan and this was published in Chellamaey magazine for Feb 2016 edition. This pic is still my Gravatar pic and Google Plus profile pic. Recently clicked the steps to post today 🙂

Kambu Ladoo Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins
Makes : 17 | Suits: 2+ Years kids and whole family

Pearl Millet Flour(Kambu Maaavu) – 1 cup
Palm Jaggery(Karupatti) – 3/4 cup(loosely packed)
Water – 1/4 cup
Dry ginger powder(Sukku thool) – 1/4 tsp
Ghee – 1 tbsp

Preparation

1. Measure required kambu maavu and dry-fry in medium heat for 5-10 mins until nice aroma is released. Let it cool down for 5 mins.2.In a cotton or muslin cloth, place the fried flour and tie as shown below:3.Place one end below and one end top so that no droplet enters inside. Pour a cup of water in idli maker and steam for 10 mins in high flame.4.Once done, take out and open up. Break the lumps. There wasn’t a single drop of water inside for me. If you see any, then just fry for 2 mins in dry pan.5.Grate palm jaggery(Karupatti), add it along with water in a pan and let it boil.6.Add a generous pinch of dry ginger(sukku) powder and let it nicely bubble up.7.If you touch the syrup between your thumb and index finger, it should be sticky. Switch off at this stage and filter the syrup to the flour.8.Mix well with ladle and then add a tablespoon of ghee. Again mix well.9.Shape into laddoos. It will be more greasy and might not hold proper shape initially. Just make roundels as shown in middle thumbnail and leave it for 10-20 mins. Again roll it between your palms to make perfect shape.

Traditional and healthy snack is ready !

Tips/Tricks

  • Roasting the flour is to enhance the flavor. Steaming is to cook it.
  • Do not heat the syrup so thicker as it would harden the laddoo. Just sticky consistency will suffice. Switch off and use immediately.
  • This laddoo will harden over time. Finish off within 2-3 days.
  • You can replace palm jaggery/karupatti with cane jaggery/vellam.
  • You can replace dry ginger powder with cardamom powder.

Nutritional Benefits

Pearl Millet/Kambu – Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Protein, Fibre, Folic acid, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin B&E
Palm Jaggery/Karupatti – Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, anti-oxidants, Vitamins B&C

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Munthiri Kothu Recipe | Pachai Payaru Mundhiri Kothu | Green gram sweet balls

Munthiri kothu is a traditional south Indian sweet made using green gram(pachai payaru) as the main ingredient. Though cashew(Munthiri) is not used in this recipe, as this sweet is fried in bunch(kothu), it might be named so!

This is mainly made during Indian Christmas celebrations. But it is equally a popular evening snack in villages too. In my MIL‘s village, they do cultivate green gram and so they make enormous green gram dishes and this is one among them. Even their casual munch have a healthy touch!

Below are the clicks of green grams in our field. Once the outer skin is dried, they are plucked from the plant and hit hard(as per last thumbnail in below pic) to skin-out the grams. Then they phew away the skin to collect the green grams. We need fertile lands to reap such healthy harvests. In recent years, fertile lands are being converted to plots. To let Agriculture survive and hence make future life possible in Earth, we have the responsibility to stop occupying fertile lands. When the buyer refuses, there won’t be any seller! Why don’t we re-think and verify before buying any land for construction ??

Munthiri Kothu Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins
Makes : 10 triplets | Suits: 2+ Years Kids and whole family

For inner stuff:

Green gram/Pachai Payaru/Paasi payaru – 1/2 cup
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Grated coconut – 1/3 cup
Jaggery/Vellam – 1/3 cup
Water – 1/3 cup
Cardamom powder – a generous pinch

For outer batter:

Rice flour – 1/3 cup
Water – 1/3 cup

Preparation

1.Wash green gram and spread in a clean kitchen towel and let it dry under fan for half an hour. Then, fry in low flame until it is slightly browned. Green color should still be there, do not fully brown it. Then let it cool down.2.Add jaggery, water and a generous pinch of cardamom powder. Let it boil until jaggery is completely dissolved and the syrup just bubbles up. Filter and keep ready.3.Grind fried green gram in mixie. It should be finer than rava. In a pan, heat a spoonful of ghee.4.Fry grated coconut in low flame till it is slightly browned. Then add green gram powder.5.Fry for a minute and then add the jaggery syrup. Keep stirring until it slightly thickens. Once done, switch off the flame.6.Once cooled, shape into small laddoos and join 3 laddoos as a bunch. Repeat until the stuffing is over.7.Add water to rice flour. It should neither be too thick nor too watery. Dip each bunch in the batter.8.Gently drop into hot oil and cook in medium flame. Turn to the other side too. Once sizzling sound reduces, take out and drain in tissue paper.

Once cooled, store in air-tight container and grab whenever tempted!

Tips/Tricks

  • You shall avoid bunches and make single ball too.
  • If you brown green gram much while frying, the taste of the stuffing will differ and this will have a strong flavor. So, avoid over-browning.
  • Fry coconut well to increase the shelf life.
  • You shall add dry-roasted sesame seeds(Ellu) before adding jaggery to the stuffing.
  • I used homemade rice flour. You shall use store-bought too.
  • Rice flour batter might thicken over time. Add water, whenever required.

Nutritional Benefits

Green Gram/Pachai Payaru – Protein, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron
Coconut – Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamins B&C, Fiber & good fats
Jaggery – Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Selenium, Folates, Vitamin B

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Finger Millet Laddoo | Ragi Chimli Recipe | Ragi Simili Urundai | Ragi Simli | Ragi Laddu

finger-millet-laddoo-1Our traditional recipes are always healthy. Healthy ingredients are picked to make a tasty blend. One such is this Ragi Simili. A natural calcium-supplement in shape of laddoos rather than capsules! Iron and other minerals are add-ons!!

This recipe was from my SIL‘s mom, Mrs.Shanthi Ramalingam. She is a great cook from Aarani.

Make this healthy laddoo for this Diwali. Happy, healthy and safe Diwali to all my readers 🙂

finger-millet-laddoo-2Lactating moms can have this as it boosts milk supply and maintains calcium level. Pregnant ladies can have this too. Do not afraid as it has sesame seeds. Experts advice that pregnant ladies can have sesame seeds in moderate quantity. As sesame generates more heat, people advice to avoid it. Moderate eating would cause no harm and I had ellu during my pregnancy.

Ragi Simili Urundai Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins
Makes : 25 | Suits: 2+ Years babies and whole family

Main ingredients

Finger Millet Flour/Ragi Maavu – 1 cup
Dry roasted Peanuts – 1/2 cup
Sesame Seeds/Til/Ellu – 1 tbsp
Jaggery/Vellam – 1 cup

Other Ingredients

Water for dough – 1/2 cup
Water for syrup – 1/8 cup
Cardamom powder/Aelakkaai thool – 1/4 tsp
Ghee – 4 tsp

Preparation

1.Add 1/2 cup water to 1 cup Ragi flour and knead to a non-sticky dough. Divide them into 4 equal balls.how-to-prepare-ragi-simili-step-12.Grease banana leaf with ghee and press each ball with fingers to shape into thick circles. Carefully take from banana leaf and transfer to heated dosa tawa.how-to-prepare-ragi-simili-step-23.You shall directly shape in dosa tawa too. Add a tsp of ghee in the corners and brush it throughout. In 2 mins, flip to the other side. Cook in medium flame. Brush more ghee in dry places.how-to-prepare-ragi-simili-step-34.Flip both sides and make sure they are completely cooked. transfer the cooked rotis to tissue paper. Once it is cooled, tear them roughly and grind it in mixie in batches. Grind as smooth as possible. It will look like a coarse texture but soft when touched.how-to-prepare-ragi-simili-step-55.Grind dry roasted peanuts to creamy or crunchy texture. I like coarse texture and so didn’t grind so smooth. Take a tbsp of cleaned black sesame seeds(Ellu).how-to-prepare-ragi-simili-step-66.Dry roast ellu till it nicely pops up. Cool and grind ellu to coarse or smooth paste. I did it coarse.how-to-prepare-ragi-simili-step-77.Add Ragi, peanuts and sesame to a bowl. Mix well with hands.how-to-prepare-ragi-simili-step-88.Add 1/8 cup water to 1 cup jaggery. Add 1/4 tsp cardamom powder and boil well to let the jaggery dissolve fully.how-to-prepare-ragi-simili-step-99.Filter the syrup and again boil in a clean vessel until nicely thickens to honey-like consistency. Beginners can pour it into a bowl of water and if the jaggery stands still in water without dissolving, then its the right consistency.how-to-prepare-ragi-simili-step-1010.Pour jaggery syrup into the mix. Mix well with a ladle. Then, shape them into laddoos in ghee-greased hand.how-to-prepare-ragi-simili-step-11     Healthy and tasty laddoos are ready !! Store them in air-tight container and enjoy for a week!
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Tips/Tricks

  • Few more drops of water might be required to make the dough, depending on the flour. When you take a pinch(a small ball) and press in your palm, the corners shouldn’t break. If it breaks, you need to add lil more water.
  • When you directly shape in dosa tawa, the tawa should not be in heat. You can shape only when tawa is warm/cool.
  • Do not worry if your rotti breaks while turning or cooking as anyways you are going to break after cooking 😉
  • Grinding ragi rotti is much important. If it is coarse or hard to touch, your laddoos will be chewy or hard to eat. After grinding, it should be so soft like cooked puttu.
  • For babies and kids, you shall grind peanuts and sesame seeds to smooth paste so that they can easily eat.
  • Do not pour the whole jaggery syrup. Pour 3/4th and mix. Add more, if required.

Nutritional Benefits

Finger Millet/Ragi – Protein, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Polyphenols, Amino acids, Folic acid, Vitamins A&B
Peanuts – Selenium, Proteins, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Fiber, Monounsaturated(good) fats, Folates, Vitamins B&E
Sesame seeds(Ellu/Til) – Protein, Folates, Omega 3&6 fatty acids, Vitamins A,B&E, Phosphorous, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Selenium & other minerals

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Health Mix Ladoo | Multigrains Laddoo | Sathumaavu laddu

Health Mix Laddoo-1I have already posted how to make Sathu maavu/Health mix powder for 1 year babies, 2+years kids and porridge preparation for babies. This post is for a quick and healthy sweet using it.

“Mother & Baby” was my dream Magazine and this recipe along with 4 other recipes of mine were published in M&B June 2016 Edition. Link(Here) to have a glimpse on the published index.

This multigrains laddoo was my regular evening snack on the first 2 trimesters when we were alone in Bangalore. My mom prepared the health mix powder and brought along on hearing the good news from us. As she too was working by that time, she couldn’t stay with me longer than 2 weeks. But her healthmix powder did and supplied all essential nutrients for me along with the sentiment of Mom’s preparation…

I am continuing to have health mix powder regularly in some form and now it is eagerly shared by my lil one too..

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Health Mix Laddoo Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins
Makes : 8 Laddoos | Suits: 1+ Year babies and whole family

Health Mix/Multigrains Powder/Sathu Maavu – 1/2 cup
Palm Jaggery/Karuppatti – 1/4 cup
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Dry ginger powder/Sukku thool – 1 pinch

Preparation

1.Dry roast Health mix powder/Sathu maavu  for 3-5 mins in medium flame until nice aroma wafts around. Grate palm jaggery, add it to a pan along with water just till immersing level.How to make sathu maavu laddoo step 1a2.Add a generous pinch of dry ginger powder/sukku thool and allow it to boil. When it nicely bubbles up and thickens like honey, switch off the stove.How to make sathu maavu laddoo step 2a3.Filter for impurities and add to dry-roasted flour. Mix well with a ladle.How to make sathu maavu laddoo step 24.Melt a tbsp of ghee and add to the mix. Again mix well with ladle.How to make sathu maavu laddoo step 35.When it is still warm, shape them into laddoos.How to make sathu maavu laddoo step 4

Tips/Tricks

  • While dry-roasting health mix powder, make sure not to burn it. Keep stirring continuously to avoid browning at certain portions.
  • For 3+ years babies, you shall add cashew bits when melting ghee. I have not added as I am posting this under 1 year babies.
  • Karuppatti sweetened laddoo will slightly harden over time. If you opt for more softer version, just replace this by  jaggery/vellam. Both tastes good.
  • If you don’t have dry ginger powder, then add cardamom powder. If cardamom powder is already added in health mix powder as mine, you shall skip that too. But make sure, any one of the powders or both are added for proper digestion.

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Nutritional Benefits

Palm Jaggery/Karuppatti – Calcium, Iron, Protein, Vitamin B, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus and Dietary Fiber
Health Mix/Sathu MaavuIn this Link

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Foxtail Millet Honey Laddoo | Thinai Thaen Laddu | Thaenum Thinayum

How to make Thinai Thean Laddu Step-1On behalf of Father’s day(June 19, 2016), this special sweet post is for dads-to-be. Dad is a real hero for every child. Being a “Dad” makes a Man Responsible and Lovable to the core..

Hearty Father’s day wishes to all my readers. Click here to view foods to be included and avoided by Dads-to-be.

Zinc-rich Foxtail Millet(Thinai) is highly recommended for dads-to-be.

Pregnant ladies shall have 1 or 2 laddoos and not more as thinai generates heat.

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Thinai Thaen Urundai Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 5 mins | Drying Time : 30 mins
Makes : 11 Laddoo | Suits: 2+ Years babies and whole family

Foxtail Millet/Thinai Arisi – 1/2 Cup
Honey – 1/8 Cup
Ghee – 1 tsp

Preparation

1.Measure and wash foxtail millet twice or thrice.How to make Thinai Thean Urundai -12.Drain water and spread in a muslin cloth and let it dry under fan for half an hour. Once thinai is not so wet(It could still have moisture in it), put it in a pan.How to make Thinai Thean Urundai -2

3.Dry roast until nice aroma arises. It changes color slightly. But make sure not to burn it. After frying, let it cool down in a plate.How to make Thinai Thean Urundai -34.Once cooled, grind it in mixie. It won’t grind to smooth powder. But still, make it as fine as possible. In a mixing bowl, add melted ghee to powdered thinai.How to make Thinai Thean Urundai -45.Mix ghee well with the flour. Leave it for 5 mins to cool down completely. Then add honey.How to make Thinai Thean Urundai -56.Mix well and shape them into shiny laddoos.How to make Thinai Thean Urundai -6

How to make Thinai Thean Laddu Step-3

Tips/Tricks

  • My laddoos were more greasy to hold perfect shape. You shall reduce honey if you are more concerned with the shape. But, the taste was perfect!
  • I actually used 1/2 tbsp ghee. But 1 tsp should suffice.
  • You shall fry cashew bits in ghee and add instead of plain ghee.
  • Do not add honey when the flour/ghee mix is hot/warm. It might become chewy.
  • The texture of flour changes the taste of laddoo. I don’t prefer coarse ground ones.
  • You shall use store-bought millet flour too. In such case, ghee roast(just few drops) millet flour and proceed.

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Nutritional Benefits

Foxtail Millet(Thinai) – Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Potassium, Calcium, Folates, Proteins, Fiber, Vitamins B & E
Honey – Protein, Vitamins B&C, Folates, Iron, Zinc, Selenium and other minerals

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Nuts & Dates Lollipops

Nuts and Dates Lollipop-1Love is omnipresent. Love your Nation, Love your work, Love your family, Love thyself ! Happy Valentine’s day to all 🙂 Wanna make something quick and healthy to surprise your loved ones ?! Here you go ..

No child would say no to Lollipops. When that Lollipop is healthy and homemade, parents too wouldn’t say no! With nuts and dates as the sole ingredients, this Protein-packed, Iron-rich, Selenium-supplied, Folates-filled snack should be the wise choice for parents-to-be and pregnant ladies too.

Nuts and Dates Lollipop-2This cute lil teddy was presented to me by my roomie Madhana on a Friendship day in my college hostel.

Nuts and Dates Lollipop Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Makes : 12 Lollipops | Suits: 2+ Years babies and whole family

Roasted Peanuts – 1/4 cup
Cashewnuts – 10
Almonds/Badam – 10
Dates – 8 to 10 depending upon sweetness

Preparation

1.Keep all ingredients ready. Deseed dates and discard the seeds. Add dates to a mixie jar.How to make Nuts and dates Laddoo step-12.Blend dates well. Take out the dates paste and add almonds,cashews and peanuts. Blend it to a smooth paste.How to make Nuts and dates Laddoo step-23.In a mixing bowl, add the ground pastes and mix them well using hand. Take small portions and shape them as laddoo balls.How to make Nuts and dates Laddoo step-34.Insert tooth pick into each ball.How to make Nuts and dates Laddoo step-4Surprise your loved ones with tasty and healthy homemade Lollipops!

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Tips/Tricks

  • Do opt for softer dates. I used Lion desert King dates.
  • You shall serve it as Laddoos skipping toothpicks.
  • You shall add Pistachios too.
  • You shall oven-fry cashews and almonds before grinding.
  • Recommended: Use blanched almonds. Or soak almonds overnight(or 1 hour in warm water), remove the skin, pat dry and dry roast for few mins. It is always wise to skip the skin of Almonds to aid proper digestion and also to help fully absorb the richest nutrients present in it.

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Nutritional Benefits

Cashew nuts – Selenium, Proteins, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Fiber, Monounsaturated(good) fats, Folates, Vitamin K & anti-oxidants
Almonds – Proteins, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Fiber, Monounsaturated(good) fats, Folic acid, Vitamins B,D&E
Peanuts – Selenium, Proteins, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Fiber, Monounsaturated(good) fats, Folates, Vitamins B&E
Dates – Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Dietary Fiber, Folates, Proteins, Vitamins A,B&K

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Panam Kizhangu Laddoo

Palm Sprouts Laddoo-1 Tradition and season always go hand-in-hand. Jan-March is an exclusive season for Panan Kizhangu. Introduce our traditional snack of palm sprouts to pizza snacking kids. Fibrous and nutritious snack of palmyra palm sprouts definitely outweighs fibre-free pizzas and burgers!

Our traditional way of snacking on cooked palm sprouts could be enjoyed only after 3 yrs of age as this demands firm teeth. Still, you can introduce palm sprouts in the form of laddoo from the age of 1. Addition of peanuts(in the below pic) yields very tasty laddoos.
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Palm Sprouts Laddoo Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Drying Time : 2 days
Makes : 25 Laddoos | Suits: 1+ Years babies and whole family

Palm Sprouts – 5 makes 1 cup flour
Fried chana dal/Pottukadalai – 3/4 cup
Jaggery – 1 cup
Water – 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder/Aelakkaai thool – a generous pinch

For Peanut Version

Fried chana dal/Pottukadalai – 1/2 cup
Roasted Peanuts – 1/2 cup
Rest all same as normal version.

Preparation

1.Cut out the head part and peel out the skin of palm sprouts. Wash and put it in a pressure cooker. If required, break and bend the tail part as below.Panam Kilangu Laddoo Step -12.Pressure cook for 5 whistles. Once pressure releases, take them out of water and let it cool down. Slit open along the mid-line. The white soft end part of the middle stalk(shown in the middle pic below) will be sweet. Just give it to the kid to chew on! Remove the outer fibrous coverings by just breaking the sprouts roughly and tearing away the coverings.Panam Kilangu Ladoo Step-23.Cut them into small pieces thereby removing the obvious fibre wherever possible. Spread it in a wide plate and let it dry in sun for 1 day.Panam Kilangu Ladoo Step-34.Grind it in mixie and it will still have some moisture in it and so you won’t get powder form. Grind in batches and collect the granules and let it dry in sun for 1 more day to lose all moisture.Panam Kilangu Ladoo Step-45.Grind the granules in mixie and if it is completely dried, you will get powder form by now. Sieve it well and discard the tiny fibre particles.Panam Kilangu Ladoo Step-56. Grind fried chana dal to fine powder. Add chana dal powder and palm sprouts powder to a mixing bowl.Panam Kilangu Ladoo Step-67.Grate jaggery and add water till immersing level. Add a generous pinch of cardamom powder. Once nicely bubbled up and thickened to honey-like consistency, switch off and filter for impurities.How to make Jaggery syrup with cardamom8.Mix the flours well in the mixing bowl. Then add melted ghee and filtered jaggery syrup.Panam Kilangu Ladoo Step-79.Mix well with ladle. When its still warm, grease your hand with ghee and shape into laddoos.Panam Kilangu Ladoo Step-8   Healthy Palm sprouts laddoo can be offered to eagerly awaiting kids!

Tips/Tricks

  • You shall boil panam kizhangu with skin and then skin out once boiled and cooled. This way, nutrients in the skin too will be absorbed.
  • Do not over-dry on the first day. You should be able to break the pieces with hands. If over-dried, mixie blades can’t blend it. In such scenario, allow it to dry completely for 2-3 days and give it to Flour mill to crush to powder.
  • Do not worry if granules stick to mixie jar when grinding after first day drying. Just grind and dry again in the sun for it to turn non-sticky by losing all moisture in it.
  • I have not used the full jaggery syrup and so laddoo looks lil dry. Pls do not judge on the look and increase water. The given measures should be perfect.
  • For 1-2 years kids, make laddoos without peanuts(If you worry for any allergies or if Peanuts are not yet introduced). For 2-3 years kids with no peanut allergies,  do add peanuts and offer the tasty laddoo. For 3+ years kids, just cook , remove the outer fibre, cut into small pieces and offer as such !

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Nutritional Benefits

Palm Sprouts – Dietary Fiber, Proteins, Iron, Calcium, Vitamins C & A
Fried chana dal – Protein , Fibre, Sodium
Jaggery – Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Selenium, Folates, Vitamin B

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Varagu Laddoo

Kodo Millet Varagu Laddoo-6Every New Year begins with a fresh mind yearning for happiness throughout the year. Happiness motivates to work smart. Smart work brings success. Success invites more happiness. To possess a happy life, all we need is healthy mind and body.

Exercise daily, eat nutritious diet, spend quality time with family, set a work-life balance. Wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.Kodo Millet Varagu Laddoo-8

Sweet is preferred for a new beginning. An easy and tasty laddoo using Kodo Millet(Varagu) would be a healthy choice to mark the occasion. This laddoo is my personal favorite. It tastes similar to(actually tastier than) Rava Laddoo but replacing sugar with jaggery and rava with healthy millet. No compromise in taste !! I assure 🙂

Varagu Laddoo Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 6 mins | Cooking Time : 4 mins
Makes : 24 Laddoos | Suits: 2+ Years babies and whole family

Kodo Millet Flour/Varagu maavu – 1 cup
Fried chana dal/Pottukadalai – 1/2 cup
Jaggery – 1/2 cup tightly packed
Water – 1/4 cup
Ghee – 4 tbsp
Cashews – 15
Cardamom powder/Aelakkaai thool – a generous pinch

Preparation

1.Fry kodo millet flour in a dry pan until nice aroma comes. Grind fried chana dal to fine powder in mixie.How to make Varagu Millet Laddoo step-12.In a hot kadai, pour 4 tbsp ghee and once melted, add broken cashews. Do not wait for cashews to change color. Once ghee bubbles up, just switch off the stove.How to make Varagu Millet Laddoo step-23.Add water to jaggery and start heating. Add a generous pinch of cardamom powder. Let it bubble up well.How to make Varagu Millet Laddoo step-34.In a mixing bowl, add millet flour , fried chana dal and keep it ready. Once jaggery starts to thicken, add a drop to a bowl of water. If the drop doesn’t disintegrate and stands firm(No ball consistency required), just switch off the stove and immediately pour it to the flour mix through a filter.How to make Varagu Millet Laddoo step-45.Pour ghee & fried cashews(this will still be hot as jaggery syrup don’t take much time). Mix well with ladle.How to make Varagu Millet Laddoo step-56.Grease your hand with ghee, give a quick mix with your hand and start shaping laddoos.How to make Varagu Millet Laddoo step-6    Once cooled, store it in air-tight container. Yummy and healthy laddoos are ready in a jiffy!

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Tips/Tricks

  • Jaggery syrup consistency determines the taste of the laddoo. If the syrup is too thick, the laddoo will be chewy. If its too lighter, the laddoo will taste like maavilakku. If its perfect, the laddoo will be delicious!
  • If you are new in making jaggery syrups, better filter it once it bubbles up and then wash the pan and again pour the jaggery water to make syrup. This caution is because if you miss the right stage and if you cross the correct consistency, the syrup will not be pourable to filter the impurities.
  • You shall omit frying the flour if you already have fried flour at hand.
  • You shall use store-bought kodo millet(varagu) flour. I used homemade one. It is same as making foxtail millet(thinai) flour. Click here to see the steps of making millet flour.
  • This laddoo hardens over time. But it never lasted more than 2 days at my home as this is my family’s favorite!

Nutritional Benefits

Kodo Millet Flour – Protein, Vitamins B, Fibre, Iron, Calcium, Phosphorus & other minerals
Fried chana dal – Protein , Fibre, Sodium
Jaggery – Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Selenium, Folates, Vitamin B
Cashews – Selenium, Proteins, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Fiber, Monounsaturated(good) fats, Folates, Vitamin K & anti-oxidants

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Kids Peanut Balls

Kids Peanut balls kadalai urundai 1Tomorrow is Karthigai Deepam(Tamil Festival of Lamps) where diyas lit in the streets and walls will be brighter than the full moon and countless stars in the sky 😉 Kids will be keen in bursting the leftover Diwali crackers to add extra colors to the evening.. Waiting for a visual treat !!

Peanut chikki/balls are traditional snack made for Karthigai Deepam. But the usual one will be harder for the kids to munch on. My kid grabbed one happily but as she couldn’t bite it, she started licking it and it took an hour for me to grab the jaggery-sucked ball back from her! To avoid the threat of teeth cavity, I ground the peanuts and made this kids special peanut balls. This will be lil crunchier than peanut laddoo, but softer than kadalai urundai. She loved this and finished off in seconds 😉

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I clicked the below pic of freshly plucked groundnut with its plants in the background, when we visited my hubby’s native last week. His uncle, Mr.Thangaraj Ramasamy is an enthusiastic farmer who inspired me much in organic farming. We enjoy the privilege of his organic harvests ! I always insist my readers to grow simple and easy organic greens and veggies at home .. Click this link of my menu page to get an idea about home organic garden.

Groundnuts fresh from the field

Kids Kadalai Urundai Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins
Makes : 15 Laddoos| Suits: 2+ Years babies and whole family

Peanuts – 1/2 Cup
Jaggery – 1/4 Cup
Water – 1/2 Cup
Cardamom powder – a generous pinch
Ghee – to grease your hand

Preparation

1. If your peanuts are not roasted, roast it in a pan until the skin has black spots on it. You will hear continuous popping sound. Make sure not to burn it.How to make Kids Peanut balls kadalai urundai step 12. Transfer to a plate and let it cool down. Now, take few peanuts between your palms and rub roughly to and fro few times. Then place the upper palm sideways to make a plus sign and start twisting so that the skins completely peel off the nuts. Blow off the skin and collect the nuts.How to make Kids Peanut balls kadalai urundai step 23. Keep the ingredients ready. Grind peanuts in mixie. Just 2 to 3 pulses would suffice. Make sure it is dry and you do not grind much to let the oil come out!How to make Kids Peanut balls kadalai urundai step 34. In a pan, add water , grated jaggery and a generous pinch of cardamom powder and let it boil until jaggery is dissolved.How to make Kids Peanut balls kadalai urundai step 45. Filter jaggery water, wash the pan(or use another one) and pour jaggery water into the pan. Let it boil till it thickens.How to make Kids Peanut balls kadalai urundai step 56. In a bowl of water, drop a drop of jaggery syrup. It should not disperse/dissolve in water. You should be able to take it easily out of water as a thick ball-like syrup. If this consistency is reached, switch off the stove and put ground peanut into jaggery.How to make Kids Peanut balls kadalai urundai step 67. Mix it with ladle. Grease your hand with ghee and when the mix is still warm, start shaping laddoos.How to make Kids Peanut balls kadalai urundai step 7Let the laddoos cool down. Store in air-tight container and offer whenever your kid demands 🙂

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Tips/Tricks

  • Jaggery syrup consistency decides the snack variety. When you switch off the stove just when the syrup does not disperse much(no soft ball consistency required) in water, then it is called peanut laddoo. When you switch off when the syrup is too thick , stands firm in water & able to roll it into soft balls, then you make chewy peanut balls as in this post. When you switch off when the syrup still thickens to hard ball consistency(the ball when thrown in a vessel makes dong sound) , then you make crunchy balls. Switch off whenever you wish 🙂
  • As the peanuts are ground, the heat will be dispersed throughout the mix and so making balls will not be so hot like usual kadalai urundai(which uses halved peanut that sustains the heat in each nut).
  • This peanut ball slightly hardens(not so hard) over time.

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Nutritional Benefits

Peanuts – Selenium, Proteins, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Fiber, Monounsaturated(good) fats, Folates, Vitamins B&E
Jaggery – Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Selenium, Folates, Vitamin B

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