Ladoo! That delicious Indian sweet which neither kids nor adults can refuse! And there is no reason to refuse it either when it’s made of healthy ingredients like peanuts and jaggery. During these lockdown times, when kids are gorging on home-made delicacies, skip the cakes and cookies and try this mouth-watering ladoo recipe instead!
Raw peanuts – 1 cup
Powdered/grated/chopped jaggery – ½ cup
Chia seeds (optional) – 3 tbsp
Cardamom pods – 2
Dry roast the peanuts in a heavy bottom pan until golden and aromatic. Cool and remove the skin.
Grind the cooled peanuts with cardamom, jaggery and chia seeds.
The mixture should come together and bind well. Avoid over blending as peanuts release oil.
Take small portions of the mixture and roll into ladoos.
Store peanut ladoos in an airtight jar and use within 2 weeks.
Ladoo is a simple, healthy Indian sweet. The above recipe makes use of peanuts, jaggery and chia seeds. Peanuts are a good source of folic acid, protein, healthy fats, vitamin E, etc. They are a rich source of fibre as well. Jaggery contains minerals like potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Researchers have proved that peanuts increase immunity and maintain good heart health. Jaggery and peanuts are beneficial in the following ways:
They remove toxic substances from the body.
They help in overcoming acidity and constipation.
They are responsible for stronger teeth and bones.
Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, antioxidants, iron and calcium. Despite their small size, chia seeds are full of important nutrients.