February 15, 2010

Peanut Laddus(Senikai Unta)


The recipe for this laddu was given to me by my sister and it is the simplest recipe because it uses only two ingredients namely peanuts and jaggery. There is no syrup making in this recipe like most of the laddu recipes. The main reason I prefer this snack is because it is very healthy.


Peanuts are a powerhouse of protein and roasting them just boosts the level of antioxidants by a healthy 22% and according to Wikipedia these roasted peanuts even rivals the antioxidant content of the very famous berries. Well jaggery is also a harmless,natural, unrefined form of sugar that is very good for the body. It does not enter the bloodstream as rapidly as regular white sugar. People suggest taking jaggery alone for throat infections but after some research I found that it is indeed used in Ayurvedha for lung and throat infections.


My mom uses microwave to roast peanuts. She arranges the peanuts in a microwaveable tray and roasts them for about 3 min maximum, checking every minute taking care not to burn them. Roasting peanuts in a frypan is also fun. It takes a little more time than microwave but you can get the perfect texture.Iam using the conventional oven for the second time and this time I set my temperature to the lowest but took the longest to finish roasting...Next time I will stick to a higher temp like 425F and bake for just half the time...!

Anyway guys here goes the laddu recipe..........

Ingredients
Peanuts - 1 cup(skinless)
Jaggery - 1 cup

Method
1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F
2.Arrange peanuts on the tray. Roast for about 35 to 40 min.Once roasted powder these peanuts to about a semi fine powder.
3. Powder the jaggery to a fine powder.
4. Combine the powdered jaggery and peanuts.
5. Make balls and thus peanut laddus are ready.

16 comments:

Asha said...

Oh, that looks delicious BDSN. I love to eat Dharwad style Peanut chikkis. These are even better, will try!:)

BDSN said...

Hi Asha,
I have eaten peanut chikkis but what is this Dharwad style? Is Dharwad in Pune or near to Pune? My sis lives in Pune. It sounds very familiar..

Vineela said...

Hi bdsn,
love yor peanut laddus.
My mom makes by adding jaggery.
I substitute with sugar.
They are quick easy delicious treats for any age.
Hope you enjoyed the vday.
vineela

Vineela said...

hi bdsn,
thanks for visiting my blog.
I used heart shape cookie cutter dipped in powdered sugar.
Later frosted with chocolate ganache .

BDSN said...

Making peanut laddus with sugar sounds new to me Vineela...Iam sure that tastes wonderful too!!! Do you make it in the same way and just substitute sugar?

Sushma Mallya said...

Easiest laddus i can say,just 2 ingredients but looks so good...thanks for dropping by,hope to c u again...

BDSN said...

Hey Sushma..Thanks !!

ruchikacooks said...

BDSN, thanks for the wishes. Laddus look so tempting and I feel like grabbing one right away. Easy!

BDSN said...

Hi Ruchika...

Thanks for ur nice words!!

Padhu said...

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BDSN said...

Thanks Padhu..I will definitely check out your blog..thanks for ur time!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Delicious laddus ...i have never done laddus with peanuts..nice one and lovely click too

BDSN said...

Thanks Sushma..

ruchikacooks said...

You are welcome, that remedy is the only thing that works for my sinus, glad to hear that it helped you. The poppadams are raw, but they are fried along with the tadka ingredients then the tamarind water is added, so it is fried and cooked.

Dinners and Dreams said...

Very interesting flavors. I love peanuts!

Nisrine

ruchikacooks said...

Do try them BDSN, it was crunchy.

I am actually hosting the home remedies event for this month, would you like to share some remedies you know with us?