January 21st, 2009
During my school vacations, in the afternoons when my grandmother used to take her nap, I would tip toe and quietly sneak into her kitchen and gobble up these laddus. In the evening, when I asked her for more and she opened the lid of her traditional brass boxes, she would look at me with a knowing smile and admonish me saying ‘too many peanuts are not good for you, they will increase your pitta (heat in the body according to Ayurveda)’.
These constant sermons of pitta getting imbalanced did not stop me from devouring these delicious sweets. And my digestive fires were strong enough to take in as many as I wished! Years have passed since, and my fascination with these laddus continues the same way, the difference being that I now make them myself and I do need to exercise a certain amount of control for fear of over-indulgence (which most often than not proves to be a futile exercise).
When you are looking for something to satisfy that sweet tooth and give you a quick burst of energy, these peanut balls are sure to satiate that craving. They are super-easy to assemble, require practically no cooking and are so simple to make. The wholesome goodness of jaggery and protein rich peanuts pack in quite a powerful punch!
Peanut Laddu Recipe
Make sure you use unbleached, unrefined and preferably organic jaggery to make these laddus.
2 cups roasted unsalted peanuts without skin
1 cup or ¾ cup jaggery*
½ tsp cardamom powder
Grind the whole, roasted, unsalted peanuts without skin in a food processor. Work in short pulses and give the peanuts a few seconds to cool between each pulse or else you’ll end up with a sticky mass. Pulverize the jaggery with a mortar and pestle or with a metal potato masher. Assemble the powdered peanuts and jaggery in a bowl and with the help of a potato masher or with the help of a mortar and pestle, mix the powdered peanuts, cardamom powder and jaggery.
Alternately, after the peanuts are powdered, put in the jaggery into the blender/mixer and blend until mixed and then form into laddus.
Form into balls.
* If you like your laddus to be on the sweeter side and if you love jaggery, use 1 cup of jaggery. 3/4th cup jaggery will give laddus that are moderately sweet.
Makes about 24 bite sized laddus