Sunday, May 9, 2010

Healthy Laddoos for Mother's Day

Growing up I learnt several traditional dishes from my mom and also inherited the love and passion for cooking from her. She recently shared this laddoo recipe with me. Unlike the regular besan laddoos, these laddoos are made of wheat flour, semolina, nachni/ ragi flour and oats in addition to the besan flour which makes them healthy and nutritious. Since this is my mom's recipe, 'Mother's Day' was a perfect occasion to try these out. The laddoos turned out to be very delicious!

Makes @ 30 laddoos
Ingredients -
2 cups chickpea flour/ besan
1 cup semolina/ sooji/ rava
1 cup nachni/ ragi flour
1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
2 cups melted clarified butter/ ghee
1/4 cup warm milk
3 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tbsps chopped nuts (optional)
2 tsps cardamom powder
3 tbsps slivered almonds and pistachios for garnish

Method -
1. Roast the chickpea flour, wheat flour, ragi/ nachni flour and semolina separately on low flame by stirring them continuously. Also roast the oats for few minutes
2. Add melted ghee in a kadhai, add all the flours and mix well.
3. Cook this mixture until the color changes and then add oats and cook for sometime.
4. Turn off the stove and add the warm milk in it and stir it continuously till the mixture becomes dry.
5. Once the mixture turns warm, add the sugar, chopped roasted nuts and cardamom powder and mix well.
6. Now form ladoos and garnish with slivered nuts by dipping one side of the ladoo in melted ghee and then into the nuts.

Note - Lightly roast all the nuts on low flame in a pan. It is easier to chop and sliver the nuts while they are still warm. While forming the laddoos, if the mixture is dry, add some melted ghee and warm milk as needed and then form the laddoos.

This mini mandaline from India made slivering almonds and pistachios a super easy task.

My cutiepie gifted me a plant that she potted with the help of her teacher at the Daycare with her tiny hands. Also helped daddy make a delicious 'scrambled egg and toast' breakfast for mommy :-)

I am sending these to Jyoti's 'Mother's Day' event and Shabitha's 'Celebrating Mom' event


Panchpakwan said...

Hi Rachana,

Thank you so much for sending this yummuy laddo to my event.

Happy Mother's Day.

Rachana said...

Healthy n delicious ladoos... happy mother's day dear!

Aruna Manikandan said...

Happy Mother's Day...
Lovely gifts from ur lil one :-)
Laddoos sounds interesting and very healthy...

Thx. for sharing...

Rachana said...

Thanks Jyoti. I'm glad I could send in my entry on time.

Rachana said...

Thanks Rachana.
Happy Mothers Day!

Rachana said...

Thanks Aruna!
Loved your tomato rice.

Unknown said...

This looks super healthy. Love the idea of warming nuts before slivering them..

indosungod said...

These sure are healthy laddoos. I like the addition of ragi flour. How long do they last without refrigeration, the reason being the addition of milk. Can we skip it?

Rachana said...

Thanks Divya!

Rachana said...

Indosungod - They would last for atleast 2-3 weeks without refrigeration. You can certainly skip the milk. Some of the other laddoos that I make such as besan laddoos, I dont add milk and yet they turn out soft. However, you may want to add little more ghee in place of the milk.

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Healthy Ladoos..Looks yummy..
Thanks for the entry !!!

Rachana said...

Thanks Shabitha!

Anonymous said...


This looks very interesting. Will definitely try it soon.
A small point- the sugar ingredient is missing in the method part. I guess, we can add it while putting in the ghee?


Rachana said...

Thanks Nandu for bringing this to my attention. The sugar should be added along with the nuts and cardamom powder once the cooked laddoo mixture cools down a little.

lavina agarwal said...

this is a must try recipe..thanks for sharing!