Date and sesame seed laddoo

Pallavi Ayyagari
Written by Pallavi Ayyagari



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




  1. 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.


  1. Add finely chopped walnuts or peanuts to the dates and mix well.


  1. Roast the sesame seeds and allow them to cool.


  1. Grind sesame seeds to a coarse powder. Leave some aside for garnish.


  1. Combine both the mixtures and knead well until evenly combined.


  1. Rub some ghee onto your palms and start rolling the mixture into round balls.


  1. Once done, roll the laddoos into the roasted sesame seeds kept aside.



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