Protein rich, Gluten-free Badam Bajra Ladoo recipe with bajra flour, almonds, edible gum/goond, sesame seeds for winters months. Bajra Dink Ladoo Recipe
Badam Bajra Ladoo are sweet treats or energy bites which are made especially during winters. These ladoos are very nutritious and loaded with health friendly nuts, seeds and other ingredients which keep the warm during harsh North Indian winters.
- About the recipe
- What is Bajra
- Recipes with Bajra flour from the blog that you should try during winters
- Ingredients to make Badam Bajra Ladoo
- How to make Winter Special Badam Bajra Ladoo
- More Ladoo/Energy bites recipes from the blog which are so healthy and yummy to eat
- Recipe Card for Badam Bajra Ladoo
About the recipe
Most of the Indians believe in easting season specific food that nourish the body. In Indian winters in the Northern part are very harsh. Apart from keeping the body warm with woolen clothing, people eat lot of seasonal produce like winter greens, vegetables, nuts and grains which add heat to the body. These seasonal foods are also enriched with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that enhance the immunity of body against the cold related infections.
Bajra Ladoo are one such winter super food among various winter foods and delicacies. Every winter I make a batch if Bajra Ladoo with mixed nuts and edible gum in desi ghee. My kids and hubby have sweet tooth and they love all kind of homemade ladoos or sweet treats. In winter we enjoy these ladoo with a glass of warm milk. You can also have it as mid morning snack, during tea time or at night with milk before sleeping.
You can also make these Bajra Ladoos with sesame seeds during Makar Sankranti and Lohri festival.
Badam Bajra Ladoos are calorie laden so should be consumed in moderation.
What is Bajra
Bajra or Pearl Millet is one such grain which is consumed during winter months due to it hot nature(as per Ayurveda). The grain is used as whole in making Khichdi and the flour is used in making various dishes like Bajra Roti, Paratha, Bajra Poori etc.
Bajra has high source of protein, iron, calcium and phosphorus. It also has anti inflammatory properties. It is good for people with high sugar levels, it aids in weight lose and strengthens bones.
Bajra is gluten-free and can be consumed by those having allergies related to gluten. Some people may have some difficulty in digesting bajra due to it's high fibre content or leads to bloating. Consult your nutritionist/dietician if you get digestion issues after consuming bajra flour.
Recipes with Bajra flour from the blog that you should try during winters
Ingredients to make Badam Bajra Ladoo
Bajra or Pearl Millet Flour- Do not use very old bajra flour as it may give stale smell. Various good brands are available at local stores and online (especially for people living out of India).
Almonds- Health benefits of almonds are known to everyone. One of the most popular nut which is so good for hair, eyes, bone and overall wellbeing.
Edible Gum- Goond/Dink/Gond as it is known in India different regions. It is known for it's heat generating properties. It also strengthens the bones is given to lactating mothers as it is considered galactagogue(boasts production of milk).
Desi Ghee- For binding ladoos. It has it's own health benefits since it is rich in Vit. D, E and K. Ladoos are made with desi ghee since ages in India.
Sesame Seeds/Til- These tiny seeds are wonder seeds. Though these should be consumed in moderation but there are numerous health benefits associated with sesame seeds. A must add in ingredient during winters.
Other ingredients- Jaggery Powder, Melon Seeds.
You can also add Saunth or Ginger, Cardamom Powder(I skipped). You can use other nuts like cashew nuts, lotus seeds/makhana, poppy seeds, walnuts, pistachios as per your preference.
Why I use Jaggery Powder in ladoo recipe
Jaggery Powder- Traditionally many people use boora(form of powdered sugar) or jaggery. Boora can be added directly to the ladoo moisture but we need to melt jaggery before adding to bind the ladoos. Many people sometime melt jaggery to high temp. or to one thread consistency so the ladoos become very hard and brittle and sometimes not easy to bind. To avoid these mistakes I use Jaggery powder in most of my ladoo recipes. Jaggery powder can be added directly to warm ladoo mixture and you can easily bind ladoos.
You can also use grated jaggery but melt it to a point where it just melts. Do not overcook it. You can also use date sugar or coconut sugar(fine) or castor sugar.
How to make Winter Special Badam Bajra Ladoo
- Dry Roast sesame seeds and melon seeds till it gives aroma of roasted seeds. Keep in a separate plate.
- In the pan add and heat 2 tbsp ghee and add goond. It puffs up when added to ghee. Sauté till all the crystals puff up. Take it out from the pan and keep aside to cool.
- Roast Almonds till it gives aroma of roasted almonds and turn light brown. Take out almonds from the pan.
- When melon seeds, almond and edible gum cool completely then grind it coarsely in a grinder or use mortar pestle or use a rolling pin and zip lock bag.
- Now add more ghee 2-3 tbsp to pan and roast bajra flour. Roast it till the point where ghee separates.
- When done transfer the flour and ghee mixture to a big plate or dish. Keep it to cool.
- When the mixture is still warm add sesame seeds, grinded nuts powder and goond mixture. Add jaggery powder. Do not completely cool the mixture.
- Mix everything very nicely, and quickly start binding the ladoos. Make ladoos of medium size or size of tennis ball.
Keep the ladoos for 4-5 hrs or more else it will crumble. When these are properly set then keep these in air tight container and eat as required.
Stays good for over a month. No need to refrigerate.
More Ladoo/Energy bites recipes from the blog which are so healthy and yummy to eat
Besan aur Badam Ladoo, Oats Jaggery Ladoo, Ragi, Dried Fruit and Nuts Ladoo, Apricot, Fig Energy Bites, Chocolate Almond Coconut Ladoo or Truffles, Rava Coconut Ladoos, Rajgira Ladoos/Amaranth Seeds Energy Bites, Murmura Ladoo or Puffed Rice Ladoo, Coconut Ladoo and many more.
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Recipe Card for Badam Bajra Ladoo
Badam Bajra Ladoo
- Kadhai/Heavy Bottom Pan
- Grinder/Mortar Pestle
- Plates or Dish
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- 2 Cups Bajra
- ½ Cup Almonds
- ½ Cup Ghee
- 2 tbsp Goond/Edible Gum /Dink
- 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds
- 2 tbsp Melon Seeds
- 1 Cup Jaggery Powder or Grated Jaggery
- Dry roast sesame seeds and melon seeds separately.2 tbsp Sesame Seeds, 2 tbsp Melon Seeds
- Transfer to a pan and cool it.
- Heat ghee in the pan, add goond crystals and fry. Goond will puff up.½ Cup Ghee, 2 tbsp Goond/Edible Gum
- Take out in the plate and keep aside.
- In the same ghee, roast almonds till it gives roasted aroma and the color changes.½ Cup Almonds
- Take out almonds with other roasted ingredients and let it cool completely.
- In the same pan add rest of the ghee and add bajra flour.2 Cups Bajra
- Roast it till flour leaves ghee and gives roasted aroma.
- Take it out in a plate or dish and keep it to cool.
- When it is still warm to touch not completely cool, add the grinded nuts mixture and jaggery powder.1 Cup Jaggery Powder
- Mix the flour and nuts mixture nicely so that there are no lumps of jaggery powder in mixture.
- Now quicly bind the mixture and make ladoos.
- Keep the ladoos in open for about 4-5 hrs so that it sets completely.
- Then store in an air tight container and eat as and when required.
Do try these protein rich nutritious ladoos when the weather is cold and chilly. These are one of best snacking options for when sugar cravings and so good for your health.
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