9 November 2019

Malaadu (Pottukadalai laddu)

Two typically favourite questions of every Indian? Khaane mein kya hai and Khaane ke baad meetha kya hai? 😋😅
And what better than homemade sweets?
Laddoos are a common favourite across India.. My favorite are Motichur and the homemade Malaadu.
Literally translated, Malaadu  or Maavu laddoo is nothing but laddoo made of flour (maavu). It's one of the simplest sweets to 'roll up' anytime and needs just 4 ingredients.
Most popular variations are made of Roasted gram flour.

It's healthy and even better if made with jaggery. We tried with the khandsari sugar, one of the healthier alternatives to refined sugar.

MAALAADU (ROASTED GRAM LADDOO)

Ingredients:
Roasted gram (pottu kadalai) - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup (we used Khandsari sugar)
Ghee - 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
Cashews - 1/4 cup (roughly chopped)
Cardamoms - 2-3 or cardamom pwd - 1/4 tsp

Method:
1. Grind sugar, cardamom and Roasted gram to a fine powder and keep aside.

2. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a wok and roast the cashews. Add to the powdered mix.

3. Heat remaining ghee in the wok on low flame for about 2-3 mins.

4. Add half the ghee quantity to the powder and mix using fingers. Check the consistency by making a laddoo and see if it holds shape.
If not, add some more ghee till you get the right texture.
The laddu mixture should neither be too greasy nor too dry.

5. Shape into laddoos and store in an airtight container.
If you are feeling too lazy to make the laddoos, you can have the powdered mix as is too :)

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