Recipe: Whole wheat flour laddoo (churma laddoo)

Be prepared for a sweet, sweet explosion

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Looking for a snack that is equally delicious and wholesome?  Well, you have that sorted right here.  A sweet that will not only fill your tummy but also your hearts with complete joy. 

Churma Laddu is a popular sweet made using whole wheat flour, prepared mainly in parts of North India during the famous festival of Ganesh Chaturti. 

a close up shot of whole wheat flour laddu (churma laddu) on a blue plate
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The laddu is prepared from wheat flour, rawa, sugar and flavoured with a slight hint of cardamom.  The addition of almonds and cashew nuts which are toasted with ghee adds an element of crunchiness to the sweet, crafting a delicate balance.

Churma Laddoo



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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 12 pieces

Ingredients

FOR THE CHURMA LADDU

  • 3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour (coarse in texture)
  • 1/4 cup Fine Semolina / Sooji / Rava
  • 3/4 cup Ghee (1/4- kneading, 1/2 - frying)
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 4 - 5 tbsps Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Green Cardamom Powder
  • 6 Almonds (chopped)
  • 6 Cashewnuts (chopped)

EQUIPMENT USED

  • Saucepan
  • Frying pan
  • High speed blender

Instructions

ROAST THE INGREDIENTS

  • Heat a large saucepan, dry roast semolina over a medium flame for 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and keep aside
  • Into the same pan, roast almonds and cashews for a few minutes and transfer it to a wide plate to dry them out
  • Once the nuts are dried, chop them into smaller pieces

KNEAD THE DOUGH

  • In a large bowl, add coarse wheat flour, roasted rava, ¼ cup ghee and mix well using your hands
  • Add water to this mixture, a little bit at a time. Knead it well until it forms a semi-soft dough
  • Let it rest for 30 minutes

FRY THE WHEAT DOUGH BALLS

  • After it’s been well-rested, divide it into 4 - 5 large balls and make sure they’re well formed, you need not be perfect for this
  • In a separate frying pan, add 1/2 cup of ghee for frying and heat it on a medium-high flame for few minutes
  • Drop the wheat dough balls into it and turn the flame down to low
  • Fry these balls for 15 - 20 minutes or until they’re golden brown in colour
  • Once done, transfer to a plate and break them down into smaller pieces

MIX THE CHURMA LADDU MIXTURE

  • Roughly grind these fried pieces in a high-speed mixer to a smooth mixture. Transfer to a bowl
  • Add cardamom powder, roasted nuts and powdered sugar. Mix them well using your hand
  • Carefully drizzle all the hot ghee that was used to fry the balls, but a little bit at a time
  • Mix the dough well until it comes together

SHAPE THE CHURMA LADDU

  • Take some mixture onto your palm, and use both the hands to kind off press them into a ball
  • Keep changing the direction of the ball as you hold them tightly in your palm
  • Make tight small round balls, place on a plate, do the same for the rest of the mixture
  • Let it cool for a bit and then transfer to a tightly closed glass or steel box
  • Enjoy as an indulgent snack whenever you please!
a hand rolling whole wheat flour laddu (churma laddu) placed on powdered laddu on a blue plate
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a hand rolling whole wheat flour laddu (churma laddu) placed on powdered laddu on a blue plate
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  • The best “Hoogah Moment”  is when you first bite into them. A burst of flavour in your mouth and the richness of nuts, cherishing as one sweet memory! 

  • These energy balls can be a quick snack for your kids when they come back from school, you can prepare it fresh and make them feel happy and special! 

  • The fact that “whole” is used to refer to this flour means the complete grain is used. Which means nothing is lost during the process of milling

  •  The texture of a coarsely ground whole wheat flour is that of sandy texture and is quite flaky

  • Compared to a finer wheat flour, the coarse whole wheat flour will taste earthier

  • Store the whole wheat flour in an air tight container. We suggest you use them before a weeks time

  • Make it healthy by adding in some jaggery instead of sugar. 

  • You can add almonds, cashew nuts and macadamians as well into the wheat mixture while you are making the balls. Follow the steps below:

  • Heat a sauce pan on a low flame, add in the nuts and toast them for about 10 minutes. 

  • Once done switch off the flame and allow it to cool. Coarsely grind the nuts and incorporate it into the mixture just before rolling it into the balls. 

  • Using coarse whole wheat flour mixture will help the sweet get a better texture and flavour

  • Make sure you keep an eye on the dough balls while frying. If they burn, the whole mixture will get the burnt flavour!

  • Make sure the ghee is warm before adding into the mixture. It helps with binding the mixture. If the ghee cools down, warm it up a little before adding it!

  • These are great as a mid-day snack for kids, include it in their lunchbox! 

  • Loaded with good fats and nutrients, these can be your pre or post-workout snacks as well!

  • You may store the energy balls in an air-tight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 15 days

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