Sesame Almond Laddoos

7 Jan

I don’t exactly have a sweet tooth. The effort needed to prepare most desserts doesn’t match up to the high I get in eating them. So I doff my hat to Sailu’s recipe for til laddoos – the simplicity and attractiveness of these sweets shook my no-dessert spell. Here is my version – sesame almond laddoos. As an almond fan (or shall we say, "nut nut"), I hiked the amount of almonds to make up for the omission of oatmeal. The result was not bad at all.

I took a boxful of sesame almond laddoos with me to work and they were snapped up in a trice.

You Need:

  • White sesame seeds – 1 cup
  • Almonds – 1/2 cup
  • Jaggery – 3/4 cup (adjust to taste)
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon (optional)

How To Make Sesame Almond Laddoos:

Soak the almonds overnight in a cup of water.

Roast a cup of sesame seeds on low flame till they turn golden and give off an aroma. This would take about 4-5 minutes. Transfer roasted sesame seeds to a wide dish and let cool.

Peel the almonds and roast them for 3-4 minutes on low flame, till they begin to turn golden on both sides. Let cool.

Grind the almonds to a coarse powder. Keep aside, then grind the sesame seeds to the same consistency. Blend in jaggery. Finally add almonds powder back in and give the grinder another run to blend well.

The original recipe called for some milk, which I skipped since it might have reduced the laddoos’ shelf life, besides the almond-sesame mixture was moist enough to ball up without milk.

Make small balls of the mixture. Store in an airtight jar. Sesame almond laddoos stay good for at least a week at room temperature.

Sesame Almond Laddoos

Notes:

For another style of sweet balls, try coconut date bonbons.

4 Responses to “Sesame Almond Laddoos”

  1. Baltic Maid January 9, 2012 at 5:38 AM #

    This looks delicious. Now I just have to find jaggery and I will give this a try. Thanks for sharing!!

    • S February 4, 2012 at 12:59 AM #

      Thanks for stopping by, Baltic Maid. I hope you did try it out and liked it.

  2. mustardseed January 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM #

    This looks really good and healthy too! I am wondering if I can make it with slivered almonds?

    • S February 4, 2012 at 12:58 AM #

      I’m sure you can. You might have to add a little milk for holding the laddoos together. Let us know how it turned out.

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