Churma Laddoos (Wheat Flour Ladoos)


Lord Ganesha, the elephant-faced Indian God is famous in Indian and non-Indian households alike! Even my Chinese and American colleagues believe in his divine power. The symbol of prosperity, happiness, and success, legend says that praying to Ganpati with a true heart can solve all your troubles or problems. Stories about miracles created by this iconzed idol have been experienced in many households, and on this auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, millions of people in India would be following a tradition of ganesh puja for
10 days. Appealing to Lord Ganesha on this day, keeps your house and family protected and prosperous for the rest of the year! So here's what I offered to Shri Ganesh, churma laddoos (Wheat Flour Ladoos). This is his favourite dish, so I'm vouching on peace and prosperity in our house after serving him these!! But the credit of the result goes to my mom, for without her supervision and guidance, I don't think my laddoos would have come out so great! So here's sharing with you the traditional gujarati recipe of Churma na Ladoo:)


Ingredients
2 cups wheat flour
2 cups ghee
2 cups jaggery - shredded or thinly sliced/slivered
3 cups ghee (clarified butter)
3/4 cup milk and water mixture
2 tsp cardamom powder
1 tbsp poppy seeds (khuskhus) - optional

Method
Take the flour and use the water/milk mixture to knead a very hard dough. Then use your palms to form fist-sized koftas/rolls from the dough. These should be very hard; if you drop them they should not break or crumble. Now take a little ghee and fry these balls till they turn a little more than light brown in color. Set them aside to cool.

Once the fried rolls come down to room temperature, crush them in a dry grinder to form a coarse powder. Do not grind it too smooth; it should be about the size of Rava or coarse semolina. Now take this powder in a large saucepan or a dish with an edge. Add the cardamom powder to the mixture. Warm the ghee to make it liquid, and slowly add it to the powder. Keep mixing it evenly with the flour powder by rubbing the mixture between your hands. Make sure the ghee temperature is manageable and you do not scald your fingers and palms. Keep adding the ghee, then add the slivered jaggery to it and mix evenly. Once you feel the mixture is reasonably soft, grease your hands, take a small portion and roll it into a medium-sized ball, or laddoo. Choose a size you are comfortable with. Remove the poppy seeds in a dish and roll each laddoo in this.

You can refrigerate and store these for 10-12 days. Just microwave for 4-5 seconds before serving to enhance the softness, taste and texture!

Sending this to Latha's Ganesh Chaturthi event....





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15 comments :

Anh said...

These sweet things must be really delicious! I once had an Indian friend who made similar sweet treats, and I could never have enough!

Nags said...

never heard of wheat flour ladoos. sure healthier than the other varieties :)

Happy cook said...

Happy Gnaesh Chaturthi to you.
I didn't know about heating up theladdos in the MW

Asha said...

Colorful plate, enjoy!:))

Pooja V said...

I dont have a sweet tooth but these just cant stop me...Thanks for the recipe.

Mansi Desai said...

Thanks guys...these are healthy and tasty:) but there's still "ghee", so its not entirely low in fat:)

Sreelu said...

very beauiful !!

Jeena said...

Mansi I would love to try some of your laddoos! They look very tasty. :)

Siri said...

Yummy and colorful post...:D

Kelly Mahoney said...

Great post, really informative. and the food looks awesome!

Mishmash ! said...

Mansi, thanks for leaving the trail on my page...you have alreay blogged so many....Glad I came across your page :)

Shn

Sirisha Kilambi said...

I love churma laddoos......one of my favs...looks yumm dear :-)

Sharmi said...

this sounds simple! will want to make them sometime!

Padma said...

loved the simplicity of this recipe, I am sure Ganeshji showered all his blessings on ur family

lakshmi said...

Thanks for the entry. They look beautiful :)