Kesa Mithoi | Rice Flour Laddu | Chawal ke Laddu from Assam

Here I am with this no-cook recipe for Kesa Mithoi,  a rice flour laddu from Assam that I have made using my dear friend Pushpita’s recipe. This is my first time tasting Chawal ke Laddu and I was delighted at how delicious they were.

Kesa Mithoi | Assamese Rice Flour Laddu
Kesa Mithoi | Assamese Rice Flour Laddu

I have been meaning to try Pushpita’s recipes for a while now, and when the 121st Foodie Monday Blog Hop elected to replicate recipes from Pushpita’s blog Pushpita’s Chakhum, I was thrilled to bits. I have been following this blog for a while and know that Pushpita specializes in flavourful recipes that are also super-delicious. More importantly, I have learnt a lot about North Eastern cooking that her blog celebrates.

I have had the privilege of tasting Pushpita’s delicious Tender Bamboo Shoot Pickle and Bhoot Jholakia + Thai Bird’s Eye Chilli Pickle.  Let me tell you they are just mouthwatering!

If you love laddus, here is a collection of other laddu recipes from my blog.

How to Make Kesa Mithoi | Rice Flour Laddu | Chawal ke Laddu from Assam

 

Kesa Mithoi | Rice Flour Laddu with Jaggery from Assam
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Kesa Mithoi | Rice Flour Laddu | Chawal ke Laddu from Assam
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This a delightful no-cook recipe for Kesa Mithoi, a rice flour laddu from Assam. It is super-easy to make, delicious and fragrant to boot. Yu cannot ask for much more from a dessert!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Assam, Indian, Vegetarian
Servings: 16 Small Laddus
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Rice Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Grated Jaggery I used Nolen Gur
  • 2/3 Cup Grated Coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Green Cardamom Powder
  • 1 Large Pinch Edible Camphor Optional
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1-2 tbsp Milk or Coconut Water Only if needed
Instructions
  1. Over low flame, dry roast the rice flour till fragrant. Take care that it does not change colour.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together rice flour, jaggery, coconut, cardamom powder, camphor, and ghee.

  3. Mix well.

  4. Take about 1-2 tbsp of the mix and try to form a laddu. 

  5. If the laddu does not hold shape, add a little milk or coconut water at a time (just about 1-2 tsp at a time) and mix well. Make a laddu and check it holds shape. 

  6. Take 2 tbsp of the mix in your palm and press to form a laddu. 

  7. Make 16 to 20 equal laddus.

  8. Store in an air-tight container.

 

Rice Flour Laddu with Jaggery
Rice Flour Laddu with Jaggery

 

Recipe with Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Kesa Mithoi | Rice Flour Laddu | Chawal ke Laddu from Assam

  1. Over low to medium heat, using a heavy bottomed kadhai or a non-stick pan, dry roast the rice flour till it is aromatic. Keep mixing constantly as the rice flour should roast evenly and not change colour to brown.

  2. Transfer the rice flour into a large bowl or plate and let it cool for a few minutes.
  3. Add all the other ingredients, except milk or coconut water.
  4. Mix well till you get a slightly damp but powdery mix.
  5. Take a little of the mix and try to form a laddu.
  6. If the laddu is powdery and breaks, add a little milk or coconut water to the mix. Be careful to add very little liquid (just about 1-2 tsp at a time) and mix well.
  7. Make a laddu and ensure that it does not disintegrate. If required, add a tad bit more milk or coconut water till the laddu stays firm and does not break.
  8. Take 2 tbsp of the mix in your palm and press to form a round laddu. These are small 1.25″ laddus. I made them small so that I can exercise portion control. 😀
  9. Make all the laddus.
  10. To store, use a dry, air-tight container.

I am taking this wonderful Chawal Aur Gur ke Laddu | Rice Flour Laddus with Jaggery to the 121st Foodie Monday Blog Hop. See what my fellow bloggers made by clicking on the logo below:

Biyyam Pindi Bellam Undalu | Rice Flour Laddu
Biyyam Pindi Bellam Undalu | Rice Flour Laddu

Andhra Kobbari Louz | Bengali Narkel Naru | Easy Coconut Jaggery Laddu

Call it Kobbari Louz (as we do in Andhra Pradesh) or Narkel Naru (as they do in Bengal and Bangaldesh), this delicious, two-ingredient, easy-to-make, and healthy Coconut Jaggery Laddu ticks so many boxes.

Andhra Kobbari Louz | Coconut Jaggery Laddu
Andhra Kobbari Louz | Coconut Jaggery Laddu

Diwali is a time when, try as one may to control), there is some degree of over indulgence. 🙂 And why not? It is  time to have fun and celebrate with family and friends. Over the past year, however, I have tried to switch to healthy eating habits and am trying to see how I can make Diwali traditional yet watch the calories.

So this year I made Low-oil Poha Chivda and Low-oil Murmura Chivda as savouries (as of now), and was thinking of what to make as a sweet when I remembered this simple Coconut Jaggery Laddu that my mother used to make. Called Kobbari Louz in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it is so very easy to make and delicious to boot. It also does not use any ghee and has jaggery as the sweetener.

I have discovered that this sweet is quite popular in Bengal as well where it is called Narkel Naru.

Kobbari Louz | Narkel Naru
Kobbari Louz | Narkel Naru

How to Make Andhra Kobbari Louz | Bengali Narkel Naru | Easy Coconut Jaggery Laddu

Coconut Jaggery Laddu
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Andhra Kobbari Louz | Bengali Narkel Naru | Easy Coconut Jaggery Laddu
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This Diwali try this wonderful Coconut Jaggery Laddu that is super easy to make, delicious, and healthy. It is called Kobbari Louz  in Andhra Pradesh, and Bengali Narkel Naru in Bengal and Bangladesh.

Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Recipes, Bengali Recipes, Diwali Recipes
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 2 Packed Cups Grated Coconut
  • 1 Packed Cup Grated Jaggery I used 2/3 Cup
  • 1 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • Ghee for Rolling Laddus Vegans can use oil
Instructions
Making the Coconut Jaggery Mix
  1. Over medium flame, heat a large heavy-bottomed kadhai for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Turn the heat to low and wait for 1-2 minutes for it to cool a bit.

  3. Add the grated coconut and continuously stir-fry till it starts to dry out a bit. Takes about 5 to 7 minutes. Ensure that the  colour of the grated coconut does not change.

  4. Add the grated jaggery and mix well.

  5. Turn up the heat to medium, and constantly stir-fry the mix till it dries out a bit and starts to come together as a mass. How long you cook will decide how hard the  Coconut Jaggery Laddu will be; I kept it relatively soft and chewy. 

  6. Add the cardamom powder and mix well.

  7. Turn off the heat and let the kadhai cool a bit. I let it cool completely to room temperature.

Forming the Andhra Kobbari Louz | Bengali Narkel Naru | Easy Coconut Jaggery Laddu
  1. Grease your palms with 1-2 drop of ghee. 

  2. Take 1 to 1.5 tbsp of the mix and shape into a laddu.

  3. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • When measuring the grated coconut and jaggery, ensure that you pack the cup well. 
  • When you dry roast the grated coconut, be careful not to dry it out too much.
  • Constant mixing is the key to ensuring the coconut-jaggery mix does not burn.

Step-by-Step Recipe for Andhra Kobbari Louz | Bengali Narkel Naru | Easy Coconut Jaggery Laddu

  1. Cooking the Coconut Jaggery Mix
    1. First measure out the ingredients. Ensure that you have packed cups as grated coconut tends to be rather airy and so if you just take a loose cup, your coconut-to-jaggery proportion will not be correct.
    2. Next, we need to dry our the fresh grated coconut a bit.
    3. So over medium flame, heat a large heavy-bottomed kadhai for 2-3 minutes.
    4. Now turn the heat to low  and wait for a couple of minutes for the kadhai to cool a bit. This step is important because we need the kadhai hot but not so hot that the coconut will burn.
    5. Now, add the grated coconut to the heated kadhai and continuously stir-fry so that it does not stick to the kadhai as it starts to dry. You know you are done when the coconut is fresh but not wet to touch. The process takes about 5 to 7 minutes. Be careful as you do this to ensure that the colour of the grated coconut remains white and does not change to brown.
    6. Now add the grated jaggery to the roasted coconut and mix well.
    7. Turn up the heat to medium, and constantly stir-fry the coconut-jaggery mix till it the jaggery melts and the mix dries out. If you want a soft and chewy laddu, take a small portion and try to make a small laddu. If it retains shape, you are ready. If you want a slightly harder laddu, cook till the mix dries out more.  The longer you cook, the harder the Coconut Jaggery Laddu will be.
    8. Now to this cooked mix, add the cardamom powder and mix well.
    9. Take the Kadhai off the heat and let it cool.
  2. Forming the Andhra Kobbari Louz | Bengali Narkel Naru | Easy Coconut Jaggery Laddu
    1. Since I was making soft laddus, I let the cooked mixture cool completely to room temperature. If you are making hard laddus you should start forming the laddus while the mixture is still warm as it will harden afterwards.
    2. Grease your palms with 1-2 drop of ghee.
    3. Take 1 to 1.5 tbsp of the mix and shape into a laddu.
    4. Store the Andhra Kobbari Louz | Bengali Narkel Naru | Easy Coconut Jaggery Laddu in an air-tight container.
Andhra Kobbari Louz | Bengali Narkel Naru
Andhra Kobbari Louz | Bengali Narkel Naru

I am taking the wonderful sweet to the 114th Foodie Monday Blog Hop where the theme is Diwali! See what my fellow bloggers have posted for this theme at the FoodieMonday Pinterest page.

 

Muger Mithai | Bengali Moong Dal Laddu

Today I present Muger Mithai or a Bengali Moong Dal Laddu for the Foodie Monday Blog Hop theme of Festive Recipes.

Bengali Moong Dal Laddu | Muger Mithai
Bengali Moong Dal Laddu | Muger Mithai

I chose this recipe for a special reason; today is Raksha Bandhan and yesterday was Friendship Day. So, I wanted a sweet that was celebrate both my sibling and my friends. First, since this is a blog hop, I chose to make a sweet that learnt about from one of my blogger friends, Jayeeta Basu. We became friends through our blogs and she did one of the earliest guest posts on my blog; Radha Ballavi with Cholar Dal.

When she posted the recipe for Muger Mithai, I was fascinated because to me it was like Moong Dal Halwa as a laddu. I have been wanting to make it ever since I read about it. Raksha Bandhan seemed the best time to try it because one of brother’s favouritest desserts is Moong Dal Halwa, especially the one offered as Prasadam at ISKCON. So I knew he would love this Muger Mithai, which is a close cousin.

So without much ado, I present to you this wonderful recipe for a Bengali Moong Dal Laddu. It is rich, it is delicious, it is not too sweet, and just perfect for any festive occasion. Also, because it is shaped as a laddu it is easy to serve and eat in small portions.

Thank you, Jayeeta, for this wonderful recipe. Anand, I hope you do love it.

Do visit Jayeeta’s blog Cooking Delight for delicious Bengali recipes!

How to Make Muger Mithai | Bengali Moong Dal Laddu

Muger Mithai is a delicious Bengali Moong Dal Laddu
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Muger Mithai | Bengali Moong Dal Laddu
Prep Time
4 hrs
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 40 mins
 

I learnt this recipe for Muger Mithai from my blogger friend Jayeeta Chatterjee. I absolutely love it as it is like delectable Moong Dal Halwa in a laddu form.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Bengali, Indian
Servings: 16 Laddus
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 150 gms Dhuli Moong Dal
  • 150 gms Sugar
  • 100 gms Ghee Original recipe used 150 gms
  • 100 gms Mawa
  • 8-10 Whole Cashews
  • 1 Pinch Saffron Strands
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • Pistachio Slivers for Garnish
Instructions
Preparing the Moong Dal Paste
  1. Wash and soak moong dal in 2 cups water for 4 to 6 hours.

  2. Drain all the water from the soaked dal. I left it in the colander for 30 minutes.

  3. Grind the moong dal to a smooth paste without adding any water.

  4. Set aside.

Making the Sugar Syrup
  1. In a heavy bottomed vessel, over a medium flame, heat the sugar and water together till the sugar melts.

  2. Turn off the heat.

  3. Add saffron and cardamom powder.

  4. Mix well, cover, and set aside.

Making the Muger Mithai | Bengali Moong Dal Laddu
  1. In a kadhai, over medium flame, melt the ghee.

  2. Add the moong dal paste.

  3. Fry the moong dal paste in the ghee till the raw taste disappears. It took me about 20 minutes. Stir constantly because the paste has a tendency to stick to the bottom and burn.

  4. When the dal paste is fried, add the crumbled mava and cashew pieces.  

  5. Mix well.

  6. Now add the sugar syrup and cook till the syrup is absorbed.

  7. Transfer the sweetened, cooked moong dal into a plate and let it cool to room temperature.

  8. Start rolling into laddus.

  9. Garnish the laddus with pista slivers.

  10. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • You need to fry the Moong Dal paste well in ghee on a medium flame so as not to have a raw taste. It needs patience but do persist.

 

Moong Dal Laddu | Muger Mithai
Moong Dal Laddu | Muger Mithai

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Maladu, Maa Laddu, Senagapappu Undalu or Pottukadalai Urundai – Diwali Special Recipe

Maladu, Maa Laddu, Pottukadalai Urundai or Gulla Senaga Pappu Undalu

Every Diwali, one of the challenges for working women is how to make wonderful sweets and savouries at home to keep up with tradition while balancing work and other responsibilities. I can quite identify with this because I have seen my Mom and Aunts deal with it and am now facing the same dilemma.

Just as Diwali approaches each year, my good intentions fly out of the window as I am deluged with work.

This year, I am determined to make some simple yet delicious sweets to celebrate Diwali or Deepavali. I have already posted recipes for quick and easy Sev Burfi, Sunnundalu or Minapa Sunni, Dharwad Peda with Dulce du Leche, and Nariyal Laddu with Condensed Milk.

Today I am presenting another super simple laddu recipe that gets done in less than 30 minutes. Maladu, Maa Laddu, Gulla Senagapappu Undalu or Pottukadalai Urundai involves no cooking at all. Just grind, mix with ghee and make laddus. Can anything be simpler?

And don’t be fooled by its simplicity. Maladu is very tasty and has a great shelf-life; so you can make it in advance of Diwali and store it.

Makes: 12 to 16

Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  1. Chutney Dal, Fried Dal, Gulla Senagapappu or Pottukadalai – 2 Cups
  2. Sugar – 1 Cup
  3. Ghee – 3/4 to 1 Cup
  4. Green Cardamom – 8

Method to Make Maladu, Maa Laddu, Gulla Senagapappu Undalu or Pottukadalai Urundai

  1. Grind together the green cardamom seeds, fried dal, and sugar to a fine powder.
  2. Warm the ghee till it melts.
  3. Mix the ghee a little at a time with the powdered ingredients till it is crumbly (but not wet) in texture.
  4. Divide the mix into 12 to 16 equal portions.
  5. Grease your palms with a little ghee.
  6. Press each portion into a tight laddu.
  7. Store in an air-tight container.

Tips

  • You can increase the ghee to make a slightly pliable mix. In such a case, Maladu will be moist. I used less ghee andso the texture of my Maa Laddu is powdery. However, it holds shape.
  • You could roast the dal a bit before grinding it into a powder. I did not and it tasted great.
  • You can use cashew pieces and raisins for garnish. If you do, increase the amount of ghee, otherwise the Maa Laddu will break.
  • If you are using less ghee like I did, use some pressure to make a hard laddu. Otherwise, it will break apart the moment you set it aside.

Maladu, Maa Laddu, Pottukadalai Urundai, Gulla Senaga Pappu Undalu

Minapa Sunni Undalu – Sunnundalu (Udad Dal Laddu)

Minapa Sunni Undalu - Udad Dal Laddu - Sunnundalu
Minapa Sunni Undalu – Udad Dal Laddu – Sunnundalu

Minapa Sunni Undalu (also called Sunnundalu) is an Udad Dal Laddu that is very popular in Andhra Pradesh. Easy to make and absolutely delicious, this laddu is made for most festive occasions like Deepavali.

You can make Minapa Sunni Undalu with Udad Dal with or without the skin. I chose to make it with split udad dal with skin as I love the texture and taste that it imparts. It is also far more healthy than the Sunnundalu made with husked dal.

Also try my recipes for Maladu, Besan Laddu, and Rava Laddu Without Coconut or Milk.

How to Make Minapa Sunni Undalu | Sunnundalu

Time: 45 Mins

Makes: 12

Ingredients

  1. Udad Dal, Minapappu – 1 Cup
  2. Grated Jaggery or Sugar – 3/4 Cup
  3. Ghee – 1/2 Cup

Method

  1. Dry roast the udad dal till it turns golden brown.
  2. Spread the udad dal in a large steel plate for ~15 minutes to cool.
  3. Grind the udad dal with the sugar or jaggery to a fine powder.
  4. Melt the ghee.
  5. Slowly add the ghee to the udad dal powder.
  6. Mix well to form a crumbly texture.
  7. Shape into 10-12 equal sized balls.
  8. Store the Minapa Sunni Undalu | Sunnundalu in an airtight container.