Laddu is an Indian sweet dish made during festive seasons. These jaggery and til (sesame seed) laddus are extremely flavoursome and are sure to be loved by those who have a sweet tooth. They are very healthy too, and are good for diabetes too. Dry roasted sesame seeds are sweetened with jaggery to make delicious laddus. Unlike sugar, jaggery has a distinctive flavour, which complements the other ingredients beautifully. This is a traditional Maharashtrian sweet.
Sesame seeds are a very good source of the minerals copper and manganese. They are also a good source of magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B1 and zinc. In addition, sesame seeds are a good source of both dietary fiber and monounsaturated fats. They help to prevent high blood pressure.
Jaggery is a rich source of iron. Indian Ayurvedic medicine considers jaggery to be a wholesome sugar beneficial to health. Ayurveda also considers jaggery to be beneficial in treating throat and lung infections.
1 cup sesame seeds (til)
1 cup grated jaggery (gur)
2 tbsp. grated coconut
1 tbsp milk , as required (for binding)
- Roast the sesame seeds til till they become light brown in colour.
- Mix the roasted til and grated jaggery and grind in a mixer till soft.
- Remove from the mixer and divide into 7-8 portions and make small balls of the mixture.
- If required, add 1-2 tea spoons of milk while making the laddus for binding.