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18 December 2006

Peanut sesame balls


This is another such recipe that turned out accidentally. I buy half a kilo of peanuts at one time. Due to the humid Indian weather, they have to be either stored in the fridge or roasted and stored in air tight containers, in order to protect them from fungus and other pests. Coarsely crushed roasted peanuts are wonderful as a garnish on most Indian salads. A handful of those make a healthy snack at tea time for a protein kick. When my house-help fine ground a whole cup of peanuts instead of pulsing them coarse, I knew I had to do something with them. I keep finely powdered roasted sesame seeds in a bottle for all those recipes that ask for Tahini. Tahini or sesame seed paste in sesame oil is something that I don't find regularly in supermarket shelves here.

Combine finely powdered peanuts with powdered roasted sesame seeds. Sweeten them with natural jaggery. Flavour it with cardamom if you please and what you get is a nutrition blockbuster which is a treat for tastebuds as well.

That is all there is really. And it takes you less than 10 minutes to make this nutty Indian sweet. But if you must have the 'recipe' - here it is.

Peanut Sesame Laddoos

Time taken - Under 10 minutes
Category - Healthy sweets, Indian sweets, Sugar free sweets
Recipe source - My own idea


Ingredients

1 cup peanuts
1/2 cup white sesame seeds (til / ellu)
1/2 cup dry jaggery powder
Cardamom powder to taste

Roasting peanuts in a skillet is a time consuming affair. That's where the microwave comes to our rescue. Spread the nuts in a single layer in a microwave safe dish. For a crisp texture, nuke at HIGH for about 4-5 minutes under supervision. Cool for 5-10 minutes. I didn't remove the skins. You may do so if you like. It doesn't affect the taste.

Roast the sesame seeds in a deep skillet until they are aromatic and start popping. This will take around 3-4 minutes on a medium flame.

In a food processor, pulse the roasted peanuts first till you get an almost fine powder. Do the same with the sesame seeds.

Add all 3 ingredients together in the end and pulse for 2 minutes or so, until the natural oils are released and they come together.

Remove onto a plate. Add cardamom powder. Mix well and shape into balls of desired size. You don't need any extra ghee / fats to hold the laddoo together. The natural oils in the nuts and seeds do a great job of it.

Ideas
  • Try dipping these balls in melted chocolate and cooling them to have chocolates with an Indian filling.
  • You could also roll them in dried coconut shavings for another layer of taste.
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6 comments:

The TriniGourmet said...

What is jaggery powder? :) Those look really good :) I love ladoos :)

Anonymous said...

Liked your creation of peanut,sesame ladoos.And particularly the fact that there is no fat in it. have you seen the sesame creation on my blog?

Nandita said...

Sarina - Jaggery is called 'Gud' in Hindi - ask by that name in any Indian store. It is minimally processed cane sugar - high in iron and minerals unlike sugar which is zero in nutritional value. It is used in many traditional sweets and also by certain Indian cuisines to add a touch of raw sweetness to lentils and spicy vegetables.

Anu - Ofcourse I saw the recipe, tried leaving a comment almost 5 times, but it didn't accept. I wanted to tell u that your recipe is well in time for all the googlers who want to make this for sankrant.

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The TriniGourmet said...

I will ask around Nandita, we don't really have Indian stores per se as the majority of the population is East Indian :) But it may be under a different name, it sounds familiar from your description though, and we grow cane sugar here so I'm sure we have it :)

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