It was a happy occassion for many reasons:
One, my brother and his wife were coming for their first Sankranti!
Two, my hubby was travelling to India, which meant, I could send my homemade ladus to my near and dear ones!!!
Three, my mother-in-law celebrates her birthday a day before Sankranti…so it was a good occassion for me to send these to them.
Four, I did not use the traditional roasted,crushed peanuts, instead used roasted,ground almonds….just to make them richer 🙂
White Sesame seeds 1 cup
Jaggery/Gud 1 cup
Ground almonds 1/2 cup
Ghee/Clarified butter 1/4 th cup
Cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
Roast the sesame seeds. Dry grind once to get crushed sesame seeds.Heat the ghee in a vessel, when hot add the jaggery. The jaggery will liquefy and start to foam and froth. Remove the vessel from heat source and add the sesame seeds, ground almonds, cardamom powder. Mix well and keep stirring. When mixed well, roll the mixture into small ladus or this mixture can be put flat in a greased tray and cut into squares. If you plan to make the squares, make sure you cut them when the mixture is still warm. Wet the blade of the knife you use to cut the squares.