This sweet dish is very special in Hindu culture, this is offered to Lord Ganesh during 10 day festival which usually comes during September each year.
I have very fond memory of this sweet as this recipe comes from my dad. He is in his eighties and this recipe is as old as since he started making it in his young days. He never let my mom make this sweet by herself (she is his aide while making ladoo :)). My dad is the nicest man I have ever met and he still has passion for living the life to the fullest. When all gather at my parents house he happily makes ladoo and curiously awaits for our reaction…. :). Since I am being so far away from him, whenever I make ladoo, all the fond memories come back. Love you and miss you papa ❤ :(.
I have made some changes to his recipe but the process is almost same. This recipe makes around 15-16 ladoo.
Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: Varies between 30 – 60 minutes depending upon whether you fry or bake it
Ladoo flour or whole wheat flour – 4 cups
Semolina (need only if you are using whole wheat flour) – 1 cup
Oil – 1/2 cup
Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 cup
Jaggery – 1 cup
Warm water – 1 cup
Peanuts – 1/3 cup
Poppy seeds for garnishing
1. Roast peanuts until skin can be easily removed and then slightly crush it
4. Heat oven at 350F if you are planning to bake.
5. Make shell shaped balls. To make shell shaped balls, take handful of crumble and bind using both hand then push fingers to give the shape. This way they bake evenly from inside. Prepare all the balls. Arrange in a baking tray if you want to bake it. At this point you can also fry instead, deep fry using oil until it turns golden from all side.
6. If you decide to bake, bake at 350F for around 1 hour or until your see golden from all sides. Keep eye while it is baking and also flip in between. Once it ready, keep it to cool for 5-10 minutes.
8. To prepare jaggery syrup, mix ghee/clarified butter and jaggery in a pan, Heat on a low stirring continuously. Heat until jaggery is melted and mixed with ghee. Do not over cook. My dad always says if you are using 1 kg. flour then add 400 gm of jaggery but it is completely up to you how sweet you like.
9. In mixing bowl, add ground powder, roasted peanuts and hot jaggery syrup. Mix everything carefully using spoon. Check if you can make small balls. If this mixture does not bind then heat 1/2 cup milk in the same bowl in which jaggery syrup was made. Heat for a minute to make it warm. Add warm milk little at a time and see if you can make ladoo (bolls).
Enjoy this sweet dish when it is warm. If you make extra, put it in fridge and warm it in microwave for 20 second before eating.
Hope you will enjoy churma ladoo as much as my family does. Try it and let me know if you have any question.
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