Ragi Laddu Recipe
These laddus are so delicious that it is really hard to believe that they are actually healthy.
The words tasty and delicious don’t often go together, but these finger millet or ragi laddus are an exception. There is a good rough texture from the finger millet flour. Sweetness from the jaggery and flavor from the cardamom. Ragi, a millet is very healthy and has no gluten in it. The use of ragi is really on the rise, right from some very traditional sweets and savoury to some very interesting cakes. Do check out my Ragi Chocolate Cake and Bajra Wheat Cake.
The other classic combo is the sweetness of jaggery and the aroma of cardamom. These are used in a lot of Indian sweets and jaggery is also quite healthy. So three chief ingredients mixed together and rolled out into laddus. Now a little prep is required. The flour has to be roasted. The sesame seeds have to be roasted and ground to a coarse powder. After that it is just mix & shape. Ghee is used to add some richness and to also add some moisture. The quality of the sesame seeds is important. If the oil content is more then that would be sufficient to help shape the laddus. If it is dry variety then some milk would be needed to moisten and shape the laddus. No big equipment is needed. Just a humble thick bottom pan and a food processor to grind the sesame seeds. Of course, the shaping of the laddus can always be “given” to a friend or a family member.
If the only processed ingredient you have is the ragi flour, then no problem. Crush the cardamom pods and the jaggery pieces.
The final mix will look like this
Shape the laddus
Ragi Laddu Recipe
Ingredient: 6 || Prep time: 12 mins|| Laddu time: 10 min
- Finger Millet / Ragi Flour: 1 cup
- Sesame Seeds: 1/2 cup
- Powdered Jaggery: 1 cup
- Cardamom Powder: 1 tsp
- Ghee / Clarified Butter: 2 tbsp
- Milk (optional)
- Roast the ragi flour on low heat, in a thick pan, till it is slightly brown
- Roast the sesame seeds. Allow it to cool a little and then grind the roasted sesame seeds to a coarse powder.
- In a large bowl, mix the roasted flour along with the sesame seed powder, cardamom powder and jaggery powder
- Add the ghee and mix well
- There would be some oil from the sesame seed powder and along with the ghee it would help shape the laddus. If the mix is still dry then keep adding little quantities of milk so that there is some moisture that help shape the laddus
- The color of the mix will turn to a darker and richer shade of brown. Now shape the laddus. Rub some oil on your palms, take small quantities of the mix and roll out the laddus