Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Churma Ladoo/Modak for Ganesha ( Healthy Whole Wheat & Jaggery Balls)

A Very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to Everyone !!!

Know what you eat: Wheat-The Whole Truth

The health benefits of wheat depend entirely on the form in which you eat it. These benefits will be few if you select wheat that has been processed into 60% extraction, bleached white flour. 60% extraction-the standard for most wheat products in the United States, including breads, noodles and pastas, baked goods like rolls or biscuits, and cookies-means that 40% of the original wheat grain was removed, and only 60% is left. Unfortunately, the 40% that gets removed includes the bran and the germ of the wheat grain-its most nutrient-rich parts. In the process of making 60% extraction flour, over half of the vitamin B1, B2, B3, E, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron, and fiber are lost.

Women Who Eat Whole Grains Weigh Less, also reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation, gallstones, promotes womens and gastrointestinal health.

Churma laddoo, sinfully rich in ghee, are famous in Gujarat / Rajasthan, and are specially served in the form of Prasad, or any auspicious occasion. Originally these ladoo's are made OF fist shaped balls which are deep fried in ghee, pounded well to make a fine powder, later jaggery, coconut, sesame, poppy seeds cardamom & nutmeg powder are added. It is then shaped in balls using mould or simply with your palms. Below is my mom's version of making low fat ladoo which tastes equally good, there are some special additions of barley flour, almond powder, dry ginger powder for added health benefits.

Ingredients
2 C wheat flour, coarse if possible
1 Tbsp Barley Flour (optional)
3/4 C Jaggery OR 1/2 C Jaggery + 1/4 C Brown Sugar (both combinations works fine)
3 tbsp Ghee (Clarifed Butter) for the dough
2 Tbsp Almonds, powder or coarsely pounded
1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds (khus khus)
1 tsp Cardamom Powder (Elaichi)
1 tsp Nutmeg Powder (Jaiphal)
1 tsp Dry Ginger Powder (Optional)
Milk / Water to make stiff/hard dough
Ghee ( if deep frying)


Method
1. Take wheat flour, add warm ghee and mix it.
2. Add little water to make a hard dough and keep aside for 15 mins.
3. Divide the dough into 6 equal parts. Shape the parts into the shape of your fist and press with your fingers in the centre of each part. Heat ghee in a kadhai and deep fry the dough parts on a very slow flame for 25 to 30 minutes until they becomes golden brown in colour. Drain on absorbent paper and keep them to cool. Pound the dough in a mortar and pestle to coarse pieces. Grind the pieces further in a mixer to get a fine powder (churma).

OR TRY MY MOM'S LOW FAT VERSION

3. Make small bakris or thick chapatis and roast them on a griddle/tawa on low flame till the bakri becomes like a biscuit, Or, untill bakri is well baked specially in the centre.
4. Make all bakris like such, and after they cool make fine - semi coarse powder in a mixie/ food processor.
5. Put the powder in a microwave safe bowl. Now melt ghee & jaggery in another bowl and mix it in this powder, along with khus-khus cardamom & nutmeg powder.
6. Mix it well till there are no lumps found. Then make laddoos (small balls) out of them using a mould or simply with hands.

34 comments:

kittymatti said...

hey this was a real good recipe! Looks so perfectly well done!

Nithya said...

Lovely post. It looks gorgeous. :) Nice photographs and great celebrations. :)

Priya said...

Churma ladoo looks really very gorgeous..looks great, prefect entries to all those events.

lata raja said...

I really know how Gheebhari it is. Nice low-fat version, have noted down.Thanks for this nice recipe.

Pavithra said...

Wow thats really healthy version.. loved it and i have bookmarked it too..Thanks dear.

Divya Kudua said...

The modaks look so pretty..:):).

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks gorgeous,a great version dear :)

rekhas kitchen said...

OMG what a creation churma ladoo in modak shape simply superb......

Nags said...

those are so perfectly shaped!

Priti said...

U knw I was thinking abt churma laddo and here u go...making it in modak mold is cool idea...looks so gud..

Priya Narasimhan said...

nice clicks..looks very traditional and divine..i liked your mom's low fat version..will try sometime..

Parita said...

Laddoos look so perfect..i recently tried my hands on modak and shape was not even close to yours...lol..though they tastes good :)

DEESHA said...

awesome .. they look so cute N perfect

Varunavi said...

Looks so perfect,kids will love this

Hari Chandana said...

Lovely recipe.. looks perfect.. :)

Lone Acorn said...

Lovely churma laddus cum modaks. They look so different yet delicious. Perfect for the Indian cooking challenge.

I just joined. So will try my hands for the challenge from the next month.

Shri said...

I love the shape and the such a perfectly done modak!

Mangala Bhat said...

Wow! New recipe to me ! :) Looks too good !

Padma said...

They look so perfect and tempting....

Hema said...

Churma ladoo is totally new to me.. they are perfect in shape.. Neat pic as usual!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Well shaped and looks delicious!

Sireesha said...

Modak looks delectable...

Ashwini said...

i have tried this ladoo...looks yummmyyy

Purva Desai said...

love the shape of the ladoos.....they look irresistible...
Thank you for the delicious entry for the event

sangeeta said...

nice pics.
i make the low fat version and your laddo shape is perfect....we don't get those moulds here.

Jaya said...

looks so delicious and I am craving to have them :)...
hugs and smiles

Sharmi said...

Thanks for a very delicious contribution!! I too need those molds. looks awesome! All your contributions are nice!!

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

OMG..I'm drooling here...parcel ma mokli apo..looks so yummy! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi..!

Srivalli said...

Fantastic!..making with wheat is really awesome!

SpicyTasty said...

amazing clicks..and very inviting laddoos..

Deeksha said...

Ganesh idol looks so beautiful. Very nice presentation. Ladoos look superb and delicious.

Kalyani's Platter said...

wow never tried this type of version ... looks so tempting & delicious .... Happy to follow u .......

Hari Chandana P said...

Looks so divine and perfect.. awesome job dear :)

sachin desai said...

great donation about this different choorma ladoo recipe.try for best result soon with your supportive post..

 
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