Today we will learn another popular sweet, Laddu or laddoo is a widely known sphere-shaped dessert which was originated in the south India. Laddus are made of flour, minced dough, kashew and sugar with other ingredients that vary by recipe. Laddu is usually served during festivals and special occasions like Diwali in Indian weddings.
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1 liter water or milk
- 10-12 drops orange color
- 200ml oil or ghee for frying
- 50 gm chopped cashew nuts or any favorite nuts
- 10 cardamoms – peeled
- Fryer with medium sized holes (to drip the dough from it)
- Mix flour and water or milk to make batter, and make sure it has consistency of pancake batter
- Heat ghee in a pan.
- Fill the fryer or strainer with the batter up to the half while you Position it over pan and let it drop the batter in small drops in the hot ghee or oil and you can make it drop more by hitting the fryer lightly with a spoon.
- Fry the little drops till they turn to golden color then remove them from oil and drain it. And repeat the process till you fry all the batter
- Boil some water with sugar to prepare the syrup and stair well.
- Add the orange color to the syrup.
- Mix the laddu with the syrup, the dry fruits and cardamom.
- Leave them for 10 minutes then sprinkle small amount of hot water and then cover the mix and leave for 2 hours.
- Then when cool down shape round balls and serve.
- You can modify this recipe by adding Vanilla or almond with or instead of cashew, and you can add rose extract at the end to add extra flavor
- You can add both dry and fried fruits like raisins, cranberry or prunes as you wish
- Other nuts like almond, pecan, walnut known to be great with laddu.
- You can make this recipe with cornflakes instead of frying the batter and that will make it healthier with less sugar If you are using sweetened cornflakes it will be extra sweet.