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.
Hope you will all enjoy