Janmashtami Laddoos

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Some of the commonly prepared items for Janmashtami include Nevri, Kai holige, Athrasa and chakli. But we are in the habbit of preparing only one variety of ladoo and one or two variety of Panchkajaya. I have already put up 3 varieties of panchakajjaya on this blog. This ladoo I am putting up today is of a special variety and also a little laborius (yeah, 3 hours !). It is prepared with Bengalgram dal, cashews, sesame seeds and Puffed paddy powder which is called Aralu pudi in kannada and Laye Pitti in konkani.

What you need to have:

1. Bengalgram Dal – 1 cup

2. White sesame seeds(ordinary) – 1/2 cup

3. Cashew pieces – ย  1 ย  cup

4. Cardamom – 25-30

5. Chikki Jaggery(Antu bella) – 2 and 1/4 cups

6. Puffed paddy powder(aralu pudi) – 3 cups

7. Pure ghee – 1/2 cup(in all approximately)

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Ingredients of Ladoo

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Ingredients of Janmashtmi ladoos

What you do with what you have:

1. Place a broad based skillet on medium flame and dry roast Bengalgram dal till you get a pleasant aroma stirring continuously.(Make sure that you do not burn it.)

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Bengalgram Dal being dry roasted

2. Wash and dry roast sesame seeds in a skillet on medium flame till it sputters stirring continuously.

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Sesame seeds being dry roasted

3. Both dal and sesame seeds will look as below on being dry roasted.

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Dry roasted dal and sesame seeds

4. Place a skillet with 3-4 teaspoons of pure ghee in it. On melting put in cashew pieces in it.

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Cashew pieces ready to be roasted in pure ghee

5. Put in all the cashew pieces and roast it in pure ghee till they turn light brown and crispy.

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Cashews on roasting

6. Powder roasted Bengalgram dal in the mixer to a fine consistency. Peal and powder cardamom as well and keep it aside.

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Bengalgram dal powder, cardamom powder and roasted cashews

7. Mix dal powder, roasted cashews and sesame seeds, cardamom powder and puffed paddy powder in a bowl (which is the ladoo mix) and keep it ready to mix it in Jaggery syrup to tie the ladoos. Just keep a little dal powder aside to dust a few of the ladoos

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The Ladoo mix

Ingredients of Jaggery syrup:

1. Chikki Jaggery – 2 and 1/4 cup

2. Pure ghee – 4-5 Tablespoons

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Skillet with pure ghee on the flame

8. Place a skillet with 4-5 Tablespoons of pure ghee in it. On melting add jaggery to it.

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Jaggery being added to melted ghee

9. When jaggery melts in pure ghee just simmer the gas and check for the string. Drop a little of the syrup in water and when it crystalizes. You will know if it is done when you pick it up and pull it it should stretch. This process takes around 10 minutes on the flame adjusting frequently. It should be the 2 string consistency.

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Jaggery syrup

10. When done, switch off the flame. Pour the ladoo mix from step 7 into the jaggery syrup and mix well.

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Ladoo mix in jaggery syrup

11. When mixed well it would be as shown in the image below.

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The Ladoo mix

12. Tie ladoos of required size and dust it in the roasted dal powder as shown in the image below. This is done so that they do not get stuck to one another and also for extra flavour. While tieing ladoos apply ghee to your palm and tie ladoos to help keep your palm cool. Of course it can be tied on cooling as well since chikki jaggery is used.

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Ready to serve Ladoos

Ladoos can be tied and can be shaped in a different way for looks. To offer it to kids we just shape it in a different way ! Store it in dry containers and will remain afresh for 2 months if fresh & pure ghee is used for frying etc.

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Ready to serve Ladoos

How long it takes: 3 hours

Number of Laddoos: 60 of the above size

Note: I just bought puffed paddy from the super market , warmed it up on the flame for a while and on cooling powdered it in the mixer. One can even dry it in the sun. Since it is rainy season now, i warmed it up else i would also dry in the sun. The powder available in the market contains lot of impurities which in turn spoils the taste of laddoos.


14 thoughts on “Janmashtami Laddoos

    Ramya Kiran said:
    August 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    They look wonderful. Happy Krishna janmashtami ๐Ÿ™‚

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 15, 2009 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Ramya,
      My Janmashtami wishes to you and ur family. They not only look wonderful but really very tasty as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    anushruti said:
    August 15, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    That’s a nice recipe for janmastami.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 15, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Anushruti,

      Happy Janmashtami to you and ur family. U too have a wonderful blog with very delighted recipes!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work.

    gowri said:
    August 19, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Hi Pratiba,
    Nice looking laddus.. adding chanadal is new to me. Visiting your site is always a feast. nice step by step photos and recipes makes me drool. Thanks for sharing all your recipes.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 19, 2009 at 2:04 am

      Hi Gowri,

      Thanx for visiting my site and also for ur complements.

    revathi said:
    October 26, 2009 at 7:49 am

    hi prathiba,

    the ladoos are very tempting and I would like to try them. The only problem is the puffed paddy powder is not available in the place where I stay. Can you tell me if it is possible to prepare puffed paddy powder from poha at home or if there is any other alternative.

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 26, 2009 at 9:36 pm

      Hi Revathi,

      Where do you stay????If you stay in the U.S. if puffed paddy is available in indian stores, you just warm it up and powder it in the mixer. There is no alternative to puffed paddy. It is called Aralu in kannada.

    simson said:
    September 2, 2010 at 3:36 am

    hello maam namaste
    its always a treat to visit your blog n enjoy the kind of food i really love and this one too reminded of my childhood days when ppl arnd me used to feed with such sweets ๐Ÿ™‚
    today tough iam not fond of sweets i really love this kind of spl items prepared at exclusive celebrations.
    i had only one question to ask on this i.e. can i make it bit simplier by using besan n warming it up n follow the rest of procedure just to have ladus or should i toil hard to get the required taste..?
    i hope by now you can call me a LAZY guy ๐Ÿ˜€ but can i..? plz maam

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 2, 2010 at 7:24 am


      I always like to alter the old recipes n you can surely do it and lemme know as too how it turned out please

    simson said:
    September 6, 2010 at 1:00 am

    hello maam
    finaly tried my hand at this exciting sweet laddo and guess what it really turned out to be great..:)
    i expected with my kind of simple procedure[adding besan] would be ok but never expected it to be such a hit recipe thanks for ur suggestions n sharing this wonderful recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 6, 2010 at 8:45 am

      Hi Simson,

      Good that it turned out gr8. Thanx a lot for ur feed back .

    r.rekha said:
    August 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    The ladoos look very tasty, since i will not be able to do it for janmastami, i will definitely try it out on Ganesh chaturthi.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      Hi Rekha,

      Thanx a lot and do send me da feed-back later after you prepare it.

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