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Ellu unda/Sesame Seeds(Til) Ladoos

Ellu unda/Sesame Seeds Ladoos

Today's recipe is a simple guilt free sweet- the crunchy and tasty ellu unda/sesame seeds balls. As a kid I used to love this and I love it even now. You can make these in batches and store it and it can a healthy treat for kids. I have used a little coconut in my ellu unda/til ladoo but it is optional.The most important part of this recipe is making the jaggery syrup and its consistency. You can either melt jaggery and water and thicken the syrup or add powdered jaggery to little ghee and melt it.The former will give you soft ladoos and the latter harder crispy ones. You can also add peanuts for extra crunch.

Sesame seeds- 1 1/2 cup
Powdered Jaggery- 1 1/2 cup
Grated coconut- 3/4 cup
Ghee- 2 Tbs
Cardamon powder-  1/2 tsp
Dry ginger powder/Chukku podi- 1/2 tsp

Dry roast sesame seeds till it starts popping up and there is a nice aroma. Allow this to cool down.
Dry roast coconut till it is golden brown and the water evaporates and becomes dry.

Heat ghee in a pan and add the powdered jaggery and mix in medium flame.Allow this to melt and it will start bubbling and add cardamon powder and dry ginger powder. It will have tendency to burn at this stage so keep in low flame.

Add the sesame seeds and the coconut and mix well till it gets a little thickened. Allow this to cool down a bit. Grease hands with ghee,take spoon full and roll into balls. At this stage it will be like a warm sticky glue style mixture and after you form the balls it will harden. Note that this mixture will harden quickly so you need to work on it fast when it is slightly warm itself. If you find it difficult to make balls spread on a greased plate and cut into desired shapes. Store in air tight containers.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy


  1. its my husband's fav ladoo.. like it always :)

  2. ladoos look so cute :-) i am sure they will taste great.. i tried your nadan chemmeen varuthathu :-) it was soooooooo soooooo good... my hubby was so happy with me as tho i came out with the recipe :D hats off to your granny.. a total fool proof dish dear

    1. Thanks for the feedback Priya,so happy that you and family enjoyed,my favorite too.Granny doesn't remember much now-a days,wish I had learned more of her signature dishes:(

  3. Very delicious & yummy laddus,loved the perfect shapes..Excellent clicks,feel like grabbing some:-)

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  4. Delicious and nutritious ladoos. Simply mouthwatering.

  5. Wish I could just munch on one...superb tempting clicks.

  6. yummy tempting
    ur pic make dis more attractive

  7. Hi Suja,

    Seasame Ladoo Looks Delicious !!!

    Perfect presentation:)

    Keep up this good work Dear..

  8. SUper yummy clicks for such a nostalgic snack..I love this ...Send me some Suja.

  9. SUper yummy clicks for such a nostalgic snack..I love this ...Send me some Suja.

  10. Very nicely done and nice clicks..

  11. Ellu unda adipoli Suja, Love it.

  12. Feel like grabbing and having some.. my all time fav.

  13. These look lovely! Can't wait to give this a try.

  14. Til laddoos are my one of my favs. Yours look great. Would love to try one...or two...urr..please pass on the whole plate :D
    Have a nice day!

  15. very tempting ellu undas, kothippikkukayanallo Suja :)

  16. I wish I can grab a few ...looks so yum

  17. Ellu ladoos looks perfect...

  18. hi Suja ,

    you have a very nice blog , I have an award and an interesting game waiting for you at my blog please feel free to collect it .

    1. Thanks for remembering me and sharing the award with me,so sweet of you Nayana:)

  19. Looks absolutely yummy Suja. Tasted many times but never prepared at home. Lovely pictures too.

  20. These look so good to munch on, Suja! Hope to try this one of these days!

  21. looks beautiful and totally addictive...

  22. Hi Dear, given you an award please collect it

    1. Thanks Priya for the award,so sweet of you to sharing with me too,keep rocking Priya!

  23. Hi
    First time here.
    Ellunda is my favorite.Just today I bought a packet o my way back from the clinic.
    I love it ,but I dont like the ones we buy these days.I will try this,for sure.

    1. Dr.Antony,Thanks for stopping by, glad to meet u.
      do try,you will surely love it.

  24. Looks so pretty !! I love the color ! U have a nice space here

  25. I think I've seen this dish before, but I think it was slightly different than this version. I wonder what is Powdered Jaggery?

    1. Hi Nash,In Kerala jaggery is called sharkara and is used as a sweetner. It is somewhat similiar to palm sugar. It is in solidified form(contains molasses) and is sold as blocks. It is available in Indian store.You can crush it or grate to get it in powdered form.

  26. Adipoli ellunda...crispy and delicious..

  27. that brought back a wave of memories! Love the ellu unda! its one of the healthiest snacks ever! :) Thanks for sharing Suja! :)

  28. Oh dear, this looks so tempting. Wonderful presentation!

  29. So tempting.. It's time to make some I think.

  30. Deliciouis of my favorites

  31. yummy and delicious of my favorites

  32. Love laddos and Til laddos are looking so delicious..hugs

  33. hi suja, wow, so pretty and so cute. can pack in gift wraps as giveaway presents to my friends'- have a nice day

  34. Looks tempting... Happy to follow you :)

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  35. I love them so much Suja,they are so addictive.

  36. that looks really yummy Suja - pass me the bowl :)

  37. so tempting..they have come out so it.

  38. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

  39. Very good stuff with good ideas and concepts, sesame seeds

  40. ladoos look so cute :-) i am sure they will taste great.. i try it. sesame seeds


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