Ellu Urundai/Sesame Laddu

ellu urundai

This is a traditional recipe from my grandmother. I remember the days when she used to make it in ural(large version of mortar & pestel). This is a healthy snack option for your toddlers and family. This is a must have food for lactating mothers. The sesame seeds are so rich in calcium and it aids in increasing the quality of breast milk. Sesame seeds are recommended for babies above 1 year. Sesame seeds are not recommended for babies with nut allergy and family history of sesame seeds. Have a word with your doctor for any doubts.

A no cook no oil recipe

Ingredients:

  • Sesame seeds-1 cup
  • Palm jaggery-3/4 cup (grated)

eluu urndai

Procedure:

1.Dry roast sesame seeds for 7 to 10 minutes in slow flame.

2. Run the grated jaggery in the mixer.

ellu urndai

3. Add the roasted sesame to the palm jaggery in the mixer.

4. Make a fine powder of both.

ellu urundai

5. Make small balls out of the blended mix.

6. Store it in an air tight container.

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Dry roast until you feel an aroma and you hear crackling noise.

Grated palm jaggery well before adding to your blender.

The blender might get heated as you run both. So give pauses during blending.

The sesame seeds when crushed emits oil/stickiness which will enable to make tight balls/laddu.

Roll the ball little firm

The powdered mixture can contain few coarse sesame seeds.

Before adding sesame seeds,ensure they are completely cooled.

The palm jaggery should be powdered almost even before you add sesame seeds to the mixer.

No adding of extra oil or ghee is required.

You can store for a maximum of 7 days.


Health benefits of sesame seeds(Source-parentinghealthybabies.com)

Here are some of the health benefits of sesame seeds for your kids.

Very high energy: As mentioned in the above list of nutrition, sesame seeds have very high amount of calories for their smaller structure. For a mere 100 g they possess about 573 calories, which is a substantially high amount.

Good source of calcium: Sesame seeds with their husks not removed provide substantially high amounts of calcium. For 100 g of sesame seeds, the amount of calcium supplied is 60 mg. Including sesame seeds in your child’s diet will add an additional source of calcium for bone development.

Best source of unsaturated fats: This is perhaps the most important point to discuss. Sesame seeds are a high source of fats, most unsaturated fats. 61% of sesame seeds is composed of the fats. These unsaturated fats are not only good for your growing child, but also a good alternative of unsaturated fats for adults as well.

Supply of antioxidants: Sesame seeds are also a good source of antioxidants. The awareness about antioxidants in foods is increasing these days due to the benefits provided by them. As free radicals are produced in metabolism, they damage the surrounding cells and tissues. The only way to counter them is by antioxidants. Most vegetarian foods are high in antioxidants and sesame seeds are one of them. They help in controlling free radical damage to an extent. (Suja, et al, 2004).

Liver protection: Sesame seeds are also good for protecting liver. Diseases to liver such as jaundice and hepatitis can cause liver damage. This liver damage can be controlled by taking sesame seeds. (Munish Kumar, et al, 2011).

Can help in healing wounds faster: Another benefit of sesame seeds is their ability to heal wounds. Studies show that sesamol, an antioxidative component in sesame seeds helps in healing wounds faster when compared to open wounds.  (Shenoy, et al, 2011).

Dental Caries: Sesame seeds are especially beneficial in treating dental caries as they are extremely rich in calcium. (Nature Cure for Children, Dr. H.K. Bakhru)

Measures to be taken while giving sesame seeds to your child

Here are some measures that can be taken while giving sesame seeds to your child.

Selecting sesame seeds: Sesame seeds come in a lot of varieties. Most of us buying sesame seeds get from supermarkets where only husked and milled varieties are available. Instead, try to buy un-milled or un-husked seeds from organic stores.

Can cause allergies: Sesame seeds have a high incidence of allergic reactions. Sesame seeds are recognized as one of the ten foods to be careful with, the others being, peanuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macademia nuts, peacans, pine nuts, pistachio nuts and walnuts, milk, eggs and seafood including fish, crustaceans and shellfish, soy, wheat and mustard.

How to know if the child is allergic: If the parents or the family from both parents has a history of allergic reactions for any type of food, there is a chance that your child can also be allergic.

Nutrition found in Sesame Seeds

The nutrition found in sesame seeds include

Nutritional Component Value per 100 g Nutritional Component Value per 100 g
Energy 630 kcal Carbohydrates 11 g
Sugars 0.4 g Dietary fiber 11 g
Fat 61 g Protein 20 g
Water 3.75 g Calcium 60 mg
Iron 6 mg Magnesium 345 mg
Phosphorous 667 mg Potassium 370 mg
Sodium 47 mg Zinc 11 mg
Vitamin A 2.5 IU Thiamin 0.2 mg
Riboflavin 0.1 mg Niacin 1.3 mg
Vitamin B6 0.2 mg Folate 27 mcg

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