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 â€˜too many peanuts are not good for you, they will increase your pitta (heat in the body according to Ayurveda)â€™.
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 Â¾ cup jaggery*
Â½ 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 youâ€™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
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