Sunday, January 17, 2021

Five Seeds Laddu - A Vegan Sweet with a blend of five healthy seeds

 FIVE SEEDS LADDU

Spreading joy and good will is the main aim of sharing goodies during festivals. This is the time of the year when the winter months come to a close and Makara Sankranti heralds the arrival of the bright and sunny Spring season . Makara Sankranti is a harvest festival celebrated by all the states in India . Each state celebrates the festival with its own traditional food prepared with the seasonal produce. Sesame seeds which lend warmth and nourishment to the body find an important place in the festive sweets of all states. In Karnataka  Yellu Bella - a mixture of Sesame seeds, Jaggery, Peanuts, Roasted Gram and Copra - is distributed among friends and relatives during Sankranti . 'Yellu Bella tindu olle maatanaadu' is a saying which means ' eat sesame and jaggery and speak good words. ' Sesame Laddus and Sesame Chikkis are popular in other states.

Five Seeds Laddu is a Makara Sankranti / Pongal special prepared with a blend of four other healthy seeds along with Sesame seeds.

                                                                                   

INGREDIENTS

                                                                     

Sesame seeds - 1/4 cup

Flax seeds - 1/4 cup

Pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup

Sunflower seeds - 1/4 cup

Chia seeds - 1/4 cup

Raisins - 1 cup 

Cardamom - 2

METHOD

1. Dry roast the seeds one by one till they start cracking, emanating a pleasant nutty flavour.


2. Allow the roasted seeds to cool down . 

3. Grind the roasted nuts together into a coarse powder .

4. Add raisins and cardamom and grind again .

5. The powder will come together when the nuts start releasing oil . 


6. Scoop the powder into a bowl and knead well .

7. Take small portions of the nut and raisin mixture and firmly shape them into  Laddus . 

The oil from the nuts and the stickiness in the raisins will help to hold the Laddus together . 


Enjoy the healthy Five Seeds Laddus and share them with your near and dear ones during the festival .

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