The month long marathon is coming to an end today and wow, it was nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Guests at home, sick kids and other personal issues couldn't stop me. Prior to this, I had never blogged nonstop for a month in my 6+ years of blogging and this opportunity gave me a glimpse into some traditional / regional cooking that I was unaware of. On the whole, it had been an exciting and learning experience.
Here is platter of healthy and nutritious ragi laddus that are quick to put together, on the final day of April blogging marathon. All the good things that go into these laddu preparation of course make them yummy and is an easy way to introduce the kids to ragi.
Ingredients: (For 15 laddus)
1/2 cup ragi huri hittu / ragi flour
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup peanuts and / or cashews
1/2 cup sesame seeds
3/4 cup grated dry coconut
1/2 cup jaggery powder (or to taste)
1 tsp cardamom powder
* Dry toast ragi flour if using, almonds, peanuts, cashews and sesame seeds individually. Toast ragi flour for a couple of minutes. Almonds and sesame seeds each need around a minute to get toasted. Skin peanuts if preferred. Let them cool.
* Grind all the ingredients to the desired texture in a blender or a food processor.
* Shape the ground mixture into laddus. I did not add any ghee / milk to make laddus. There is no need unless if the mixture is too dry to shape into laddus.
* Store them in an airtight container. They can be refrigerated.
Check what other marathoners are cooking during this month long marathon.