Everyone in the family is so fond of groundnuts.We love it as laddu/candy/steamed/roasted/gravy/stir fry/salad. I used to make this laddu when little one was less than two years when I was scared if he would bite groundnut candy(our own kadalai mittai) and chew well. Groundnut is an excellent source of energy,protein and selenium. When we combine groundnut and jaggery it becomes a power house of iron too. I always prefer the traditional candies like groundnut candy/laddu/fried gram ladoo/sesame laddu to any other store bought cookies or candies or biscuits. You can watch a video of Dr.Sivaraman here stating the importance of our own traditional foods and highlighting the nutritional value of groundnuts.
I have already posted two versions of dry fruits/nuts laddu . Please check them
- Groundnut-1/2 cup
- Cashew nut-1/2 cup
- Jaggery-1/4 cup
- Cardamom Powder-A pinch
1.Measure all ingredients and keep them ready.
2.In a pan dry roast cashews till they turn slightly brown.
3.Remove the cashews and let it cool.
4.Add groundnuts to the same pan and dry roast till the skin begins to separate.
5.Cool them and remove the skin.
6.In a mixer jar add the the cashews and give it run.
7.Now add the groundnuts in the same mixer jar and give it a pulse.
8.Add jaggery and cardamom powder finally and give two or three pulses.
9.Take the mixture from the mixer and roll them into balls.
10.Nuts Laddu/Ladoo/Groundnut Cashew laddu is ready. Store them in an air tight container.
Ensure that the nuts are completely cooled before grinding.
This can be stored for 3-5 days at room temperature. I make it in small batches fresh because groundnuts and cashews might leave a oily smell in due course.
You can even have the mixture coarse.
The jaggery and ground nuts will form the binding to roll into balls. If you find it difficult you may add some drops of melted ghee.
Roast the cashews and groundnuts in medium flame.
Run it in pulse mode because groundnuts will leave out more oil if ground in excess.
You can skip cashews if you wish.
This can be offered to babies above 6 months without adding jaggery.You might need few drops of ghee to bind them together without jaggery
Always have a word with your pediatrician before offering any new food to your babies.
Please consider the family history of allergies before trying any new food. (Nut Allergy)
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