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An unexpectedly healthy snack for kids – Indian ladoo

Comfort food. Back in the 60’s when I was a young girl we did not know what diet food was, only nutritious food and comfort food. We ate fruits plucked straight off the branches, drank water straight from natural springs and were healthy and as you say today toned and fit. I think it had a lot to do with the meticulously planned recipes by our mothers and grandmothers. One such treasured gem I inherited was a healthy snack made from jaggery, peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds – the Indian Ladoo. Not the greasy, calorie laden unhealthy version we see in the Mithai (sweet) shops today instead this is a nutritious and delicious winter food that will keep your kids healthy and warm, just like my grandkids.

Indian Ladoos – why this is the most healthy snack for your kids:

healthy snack made from jaggery, peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds – the Indian Ladoo.The four ingredients are all superfoods in their own way.

Jaggery: made of sugarcane juice, jaggery is packed with a bagful of goodness. It has antioxidants and minerals like zinc which boost your immunity. Loaded with iron it increases your haemoglobin and protects against anaemia. Eating jaggery is a good way to relax your body because it releases happy hormones or endorphins. No wonder then that we were always encouraged to eat a piece of jaggery after a meal. And yes I have passed this healthy habit on to my kids and their kids too.

healthy snack made from jaggery, peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds – the Indian Ladoo.Sesame seeds: They have been called wonder seeds and not for nothing. Sesame seeds are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, vitamin B and fibre. They are good for bones, blood and even the heart. 
Coconut: Coconut is beneficial for your skin, heart, thyroid, kidney and everything that matters in our body. So go ahead and stock up on coconut. And in case you are looking for a quick party recipe try KetchupMoms coconut popsicles

Peanuts: In India we love to use peanut oil as it adds flavour to the food and is considered super healthy. According to authoritynutrition.com peanuts are also an exceptionally good source of proteins, carbs, vitamins and minerals.

healthy snack made from jaggery, peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds – the Indian Ladoo.No wonder my mother used to make these balls of goodness in hundreds and even encouraged us to binge on them. Years later I have them ready and handy for my grandkids to munch on. And you know what is the icing on the cake? How easy it is to make these Indian Ladoos.

Healthy snack – Indian Ladoos


Ingredients:

Jaggery: 2 cups (grated)

Peanuts:
1/2 cup (crushed)

Sesame seeds: 1tbsp (lightly roasted)

Coconut: 1/2 cup (grated)

Steps:

Step 1: Melt jaggery in a wok. Let it turn into a sauce like consistency but don’t caramelise it. If the jaggery caramelises the ladoos will become hard. Turn off the heat.


healthy snack made from jaggery, peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds – the Indian Ladoo.healthy snack made from jaggery, peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds – the Indian Ladoo. 

Step 2: Add crushed peanuts to the jaggery.

Step 3: Add the grated coconut.

Step 4: And add the sesame seeds.

healthy snack made from jaggery, peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds – the Indian Ladoo.healthy snack made from jaggery, peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds – the Indian Ladoo.healthy snack made from jaggery, peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds – the Indian Ladoo.

Step 5: Mix all the ingredients well and let the mixture cool down for 5 minutes. 

Step 6: While the mixture is moderately hot take a handful and roll it into small balls.

healthy snack made from jaggery, peanuts, coconut and sesame seeds – the Indian Ladoo.Step 7: Once you have braved the heat, you are ready to sit and enjoy the balls of your labour. The great Indian Ladoo, a healthy snack generations of people have enjoyed and benefited from.

Hope this keeps you warm at the end of 2015 and through the winter season. Oh and do not forget my detoxification mantra during the festive season. Till then, Happy and Healthy New Year!

Comments (23)

Meena Posted on Jan 06, 2018

This is truly delicious and we in India do love it a lot

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Bidy Martin Posted on Feb 26, 2016

These look so wonderful and and easy to make! I am glad to know they keep well. Forget the kids, I want them for me! Bidy http://www.dearlittlerme.com

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nicolesanmiguel Posted on Feb 25, 2016

I want to try this one :)

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airinadesuyo Posted on Feb 24, 2016

That looks yummy! Would bookmark this post so I can look for that snack if ever I go to India :) airinaapril.blogspot.com

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silvergirlelle Posted on Feb 23, 2016

I was drooling while reading this post, and i'm sure that i'm gonna love this since i love sweets and coconuts and peanuts. :) i just need to find out where can i buy jaggery. ^_^

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Dunja Posted on Feb 23, 2016

Love it! I don't have kids but i'll definitely make it for myself haha

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Prerna Sinha (@maaofallblogs) Posted on Feb 23, 2016

This is age old wisdom, tasty and yet so nutritious. Thank you ma'am for sharing the recipe

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jhanzey Posted on Feb 23, 2016

This sounds amazing!!! :) How I wish there are actually places nearby where I can get hold of Indian ingredients:) jhanzey.net

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Roselle Toledo Posted on Feb 23, 2016

This one seems similar to our peanut brittle except ours don't have sesame seed. I'll definitely like yours. Do you think I'll find that in Singapore?

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charity marces Posted on Feb 23, 2016

I better start scouting out for an Indian Store nearby and try to make those goodies.

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Joy Priginal Posted on Feb 23, 2016

Would love to try it out but I don't know where can I buy the jaggery. Any substitute for it?

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mommymadz Posted on Feb 23, 2016

This snack looks good.I am intrigued by the ingredients.I love anything with coconut milk.Hmm, wonder what jaggery is.

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ROBERT LEE Posted on Feb 22, 2016

They look... exotic to me. I wonder how I would like the taste? Of course it would taste good, I am sure of it. The ingredients you used, especially coconut is something I love.

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Joanna Posted on Feb 22, 2016

This sounds delicious! I like Indian food and I am always looking to discover new recipes. I actually visited a friend this weekend and she gave me some real Tandoori marinade spices. I can't wait to put them to work. :)

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Migs&Alaine Alejandrino Posted on Feb 22, 2016

aside from the fact that your food looks yummy, I also like your plates. they're lovely. :)

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Georgia Posted on Feb 22, 2016

Ooh these look delicious, as soon as a I saw sesame seeds and coconut as part of the recipe I was sold! Two of my favourite things so I will be trying this recipe out for me and my daughter!!

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riley Posted on Feb 22, 2016

this sounds so delicious! Kids or not I may just make this for myself! Yummm

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Pallavi Posted on Jan 06, 2016

We tried :) The jaggery got caramelised, we put in much more seseme seeds, but we (my daughter and I) are very happy :)

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Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health Posted on Dec 29, 2015

love this idea..esp with sesame seeds!!!

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Ank Posted on Dec 28, 2015

How long can it be stored? Do we store it without refrigeration?

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Anne Taylor Posted on Dec 28, 2015

This sounds really delicious! I'm going to make these for my grandkids! Thanks!

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