Ladoo is an easy to make sweet that can be prepared at home with just 2-3 ingredients. Atte ka Ladoo is very healthy too with an amazing flavor and beautiful texture. This ladoo is famous all over North India and finds its place in the list of Diwali sweets.
I have heard a lot about jalebis, kachoris, atte ka ladoo and halwa from my husband who had spent majority of his life on the western side of our country. He used to tell that during the chilly winters in Jaipur, he used to have ladoos sized that of an orange in the mornings, which was specially prepared by his colleague’s mom. That would be his breakfast on a daily basis during his bachelor days. I could infer from him that the ingredients were atta, dry fruits, nuts, edible gum, ghee, jaggery or sugar. Two of these ladoos can make one feel fuller until your lunch time, are healthier and said to protect our health during winters.
My husband has got a sweet tooth and he always wants something sweet immediately after his lunch or dinner. I always make besan ladoo or chocolates or gulab jamuns and stock them for 3-4 days. I just don’t know how I missed on trying this atte ka ladoo in all these years. Finally, decided to take the plunge and made these delicious ladoos. Being my first attempt, I didn’t go in for too many ingredients. Just kept it simple and wanted to try out with whatever was in hand. I followed my besan ladoo’s recipe and the result was quite a success and liked by everyone in the family.
Health Benefits of Ladoo
Wheat flour is a good source of complex carbohydrate. Because of its low glycemic index, whole wheat flour is preferred for those having diabetes. Dietary fiber in whole wheat flour helps prevent constipation, lowers blood cholesterol and aids in losing weight.
Wheat flour – 2 cups
Sugar – ¾ – 1 cup
Ghee – ½ cup + 2 tbspn
Cardamom – 2-3 pods
Cashews – a handful
Preparation time – 15 mins
Cooking time – 15 mins
Total time – 30 mins
Makes – 22-25 laddoos
- Dry roast the flour well till the color changes to light brown and you get a nice aroma. This may take around 7-10 mins. You can add 1-2 tbspns of ghee if you would like to while roasting. Keep stirring continuously to avoid burning at the bottom. Turn the heat to medium and fry the whole wheat flour.
- Powder the cashews coarsely in a mixie and set it aside.
- Powder sugar along with cardamom to a fine powder. Alternatively, you can use 1 tsp cardamom powder for the above quantity.
- Now take the roasted flour, powdered cashews and sugar in a bowl. Blend everything well.
- Heat ghee until it melts. Slowly, add it to the bowl and mix well using a spoon or a ladle so that there are no lumps.
- When the mixture is warm to handle, shape them into ladoos. If you like, you can decorate the top with a fried cashew or badam slivers.
- Cool the ladoos and store it in airtight containers.
Ladoos turned out so good that they had a melt-in-the-mouth texture and were very flavorful. We couldn’t resist having just one.
Quick, healthy and easy to make atte ka ladoos are ready for relishing.
- My cup measures around 200 ml. I used ‘Aashirvaad’ brand atta.
- While roasting, always ensure the heat is low or medium. Else, there are chances that the flour might get burnt at that bottom of the pan.
- You can add chopped nuts (cashews and badam). I powdered them as my kids do not prefer biting on the nuts.
- I used about ¾ cup of sugar.
- Do not add the entire quantity of melted ghee all at once. Try shaping the ladoos by adding little ghee. If the ladoos do not hold shape then you can add little more. This way you can control the quantity of ghee that goes in.
- The above quantity yielded me around 23 ladoos (about the size of a ping pong ball).
- These ladoos can be stored in airtight container for 2-3 weeks. No refrigeration is required.