Churma Ladoo An Easy Sweet Treat That You’ll Love

Churma Ladoo
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When it comes to looking for authentic sweet Indus treats, Churma Ladoo stands out as a favorite amongst the Rajasthani and Gujarati people. However, as it is with many sweets in India, foods and sweet treats are often used as part of the foods for festivals like Diwali and the festival of ganesh to name a few.

What Is Churma Ladoo?

Churma Ladoo is a traditional sweet snack that varies in each region of India. The spherical shape is one of the iconic characteristics of churma ladoo. In most cases, the base to make it includes flour, ghee, spice and jaggery. Still, there are many variations of the churma ladoo sweet influenced by the region, dietary factors and traditions.

Some versions of churma ladoo includes coconut ladoo, popular in the south of India, Assamese Til churma ladoo recipe, and dinkache ladoo are only some of the different types in different regions.

The snack can be served as a dessert after a meal, and it is known to boost kids and adults with energy.

Where Did It All Begin For Churma Ladoo?

It’s said that churma ladoo was around since the 4th Century BC. Even before it was eaten, ladoo ancient physicians trust in ingredients used to make them for medicinal properties were high.

The ladoo, since way back in those years, was made with jaggery, sesame seeds and peanuts that is reasonably nutritious. The use of pure honey was important for covering the seeds. In ayurvedic medicine, sesame seeds and jaggery are noted for medicinal properties like maintaining blood pressure, soothing indigestion and helping to fight symptoms of a cold.

Ladoos are still revered for medicinal value, and pregnant Indus women in rural areas have ladoo as it is believed to boost their immune system.

Possible Health Benefits Of Eating Churma Ladoo?

Churma ladoo has many benefits, and the health benefits depend on what ingredients goes in. Some popular ingredients that help enhance the charma ladoo nutrition include:

Adding nuts

Nuts are known for their natural healthy fats like omega three and natural fiber sources.

Adding carom seeds

Carom seeds are popular in Indus sweets, and it also provides health benefits like aiding digestion. Carom seeds may also help soothe arthritic pain and provide anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginger anti-inflammatory

Ginger is also renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is perfect for maintaining blood pressure and reducing indigestion and acid reflux.

Other Benefits Of Eating Some Churma Laddu Include The Following:

  • It doesn’t use too many ingredients, and some people literally make it with about 5 ingredients.
  • No artificial flavors or colorants are used in the churma ladoo recipe.
  • You can go ahead and make your batches of ladoo ahead of time when a festival is closing in. Churma ladoo lasts for a very long time, especially when refrigerated.
  • You can adjust the recipe to suit your nutritional needs.
  • It doesn’t take long to make churma ladoo, and it is relatively affordable.

Ingredient Healthy Variations

  • You can use chickpea or whole wheat flour instead of gram flour or all purpose flour. Some people also use rice flour or a combination of all these flour types.
  • You can also all nuts like almonds, pistachios, or seeds if you can’t eat nuts.
  • Dried fruit is another option to add to the churma laddu, and it adds extra nutritional value.
  • Using jaggery instead of regular sugar is a healthier option.
  • Bake the batis instead of frying them. Baking reduces calories and cholesterol.

How To Make Churma Ladoo

The main ingredient of churma ladoo is the flour (gram flour),  whole wheat flour, semolina (rava), lentil or rice flour. 

Ingredients for the churma ladoo recipe

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup of ghee
  • 2 cups jaggery
  • Milk as needed
  • 2 tsp cardamom (elaichi)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds
  • Ghee for frying

How to make churma ladoo

  • Combine flour, half cup ghee and mix until the batter becomes crumbly like bread crumbs.
  • Knead to make a dough
  • Knead the mixture by hand for 5 minutes, use your palm of hands to roll the dough into balls. Note that the balls must be nice and firm.
  • Pre-heat the ghee but ensure that it doesn’t become smokey.
  • Turn the heat low and start frying the charma ladoo balls until they go brown.
  • Don’t turn up the heat even if you want to speed up the process, as this will burn the ghee and ladoo balls. The ladoo must cook all the way through. If it is still wet inside, then it’s still raw.
  • Once complete, let the churma laddu balls cool down completely.
  • Next, break the balls into crumbs and then transfer them into a blender or food processor to ground them even more. The charma ladoo balls should now be almost a powdered texture.
  • At this point, you can add the cardamom, nutmeg and mix this well.
  • Put the 1/2 ghee and jaggery in a small saucepan and let the combination melt together before turning off the heat.
  • Throw the jaggery and ghee into the crumblike mixture.
  • Once everything is mixed and smooth, you can create the ladoo balls
  • Put the poppy seeds on a plate and roll the churma ladoo balls to get the seeds to attach to it.
  • Let the churma laddu set completely before storing it in the refrigerator.

Nutrition For Churma Ladoo

You can change the recipe as you need or modify it as needed. Churma ladoo is a hit even for first-timers that try some. Fortunately, when extra health elements like ginger powder, sesame seeds, honey and whole wheat flour is added, it becomes even better to eat.

Not all nutritional factors of ladoo are the same for every recipe.

  • Calories – 147kcal
  • Saturated fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 18mg
  • Potassium 66mg
  • Carbohydrates 13g
  • Fiber 1 g (depends what flour you use)
  • Sugar 6g (depends if you’re using jaggery or sugar)
  • Protein 2g
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
Churma Ladoo
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FAQ

Can I make churma laddu with sooji?

Since there are so many variations of churma ladoo, you can definitely make it with sooji.

How much time does it take to make churma ladoo?

Every churma ladoo is different, but some take about 50 minutes to complete (excluding setting time).

How long can I store churma ladoo?

You can store the churma ladoo in an airtight container for about 1 month at room temperature. However, you can keep churma laddu for even longer when you store it in the fridge; some people store it for months in a refrigerator.

Why is my churma ladoo not binding?

If the churma ladoo doesn’t bind as a dough, it’s probably too dry and needs more ghee. Adding extra ghee, water, or milk to doughs must be done gradually; it becomes too soft or sticky.

Why my charma ladoo go flat?

It should be the right consistency of soft yet thick dough.

Conclusion To Churma Ladoo Dessert

Churma ladoo is a huge favorite, and since so many folks across India is enjoying this snack, have you tried making it from scratch?

Since you can reserve the churma for months in the refrigerator, making a big batch will save you from having to make more throughout the festivities (depending on how much your churma ladoo is enjoyed because once you eat one, it’s hard to turn down another.

Chat to us and let us know how your churma laddu turned out.