Every once in a while when I get those bouts of wanting to eat healthy, my mind starts thinking about how I can make my dessert healthy. That’s one course in my meal that I just cannot give up. During Ganesh Chaturti this year, while the whole of Maharashtra was binging on modaks and kheer made out of full fat milk and khoya, I was thinking of the most obviously healthy alternative to meetha – Dates. So I decided to make dates and sesame seed laddoos. Not only are these laddoos rich in iron and protein, they are absolutely yum yum. Here’s how you make it:
Prep Time: 5 mins l Cook Time: 15 mins l Total Time: 20 mins
De-seeded Dates – 1 cup
Walnuts/peanuts (Optional) – 1/2 cup
Sesame Seeds – 1 cup
- In a food processor, add dates and grind until a smooth paste forms. If you don’t have a grinder that is strong enough, just knead the dates like you knead chapati dough until soft.
- Add finely chopped walnuts or peanuts to the dates and mix well.
- Roast the sesame seeds and allow them to cool.
- Grind sesame seeds to a coarse powder. Leave some aside for garnish.
- Combine both the mixtures and knead well until evenly combined.
- Rub some ghee onto your palms and start rolling the mixture into round balls.
- Once done, roll the laddoos into the roasted sesame seeds kept aside.