Ma-in-laws Dry Fruits n Ragi ladoos
Temperatures have dropped in Hyderabad. Sweaters, jackets and shawls are making an appearance. Odd bonfires are lit by people as groups huddle by it to seek warmth. The marble floors are cold in the mornings when I go downstairs to pickup milk and newspaper.
When temperatures drop, as Indian homes don’t come equipped with heaters, ‘warming foods’ make their way on to the menu’s. Curries like Rajma and Choley, winter greens like sarson da saag ( mustard greens) and ladoos made of dry fruits and sesame seeds are most coveted on my list.
We are still finishing our Diwali snacks, so I wanted something light yet soul warming. Vipul’s mom and I pondered over this over tea and she suggested making dry fruits and Ragi ladoos – light, nutritious and perfect for this cool weather.
I bought the supplies, while she made them.
Varun relished these bite sized treats. They taste similar to beasn ke laddoos. So if you havent made any for Diwali or want to continue the feast or just need no reason to make some (like me), go ahead and try them. They are a breeze to make.
Makes 20- 22 small ladoos
- 2 cups Ragi flour (red-millet flour), sifted
- 1/2 cup ghee or clarified butter
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup dry fruits mix ( almonds, cashews, walnuts, pista’s) ground into a meal or fine powder
- 20- 25 raisins
1. Heat ghee in a pan on medium flame. Roast ragi flour in the ghee till the ghee is completely mixed with the flour. Let cool completely once done. It will crystallize and harden a bit while cooling.
2. Mix the sugar into the flour breaking up the lumps in the flour. Make sure that sugar is mixed well with the flour.
3. Add dry fruits and mix well.
4. Shape them into ladoos, keeping a raisin in the center of each for a surprise treat.
Enjoy! I dare you to stop at one!