Peanut sesame balls
This is another such recipe that turned out accidentally. I buy half a kilo of peanuts at one time. Due to the humid Indian weather, they have to be either stored in the fridge or roasted and stored in air tight containers, in order to protect them from fungus and other pests. Coarsely crushed roasted peanuts are wonderful as a garnish on most Indian salads. A handful of those make a healthy snack at tea time for a protein kick. When a whole batch of peanuts got finely ground as against coarsely ground, I had to do something with them. I keep finely powdered roasted sesame seeds in a bottle for all those recipes that ask for Tahini because it is something that I don't find regularly in supermarket shelves here.
Combine finely powdered peanuts with powdered roasted sesame seeds. Sweeten them with natural jaggery. Flavour it with cardamom if you please and what you get is a nutrition blockbuster which is a treat for tastebuds as well.
That is all there is really. And it takes you less than 10 minutes to make these peanut sesame balls / laddoos.
Peanut Sesame Laddoos
Time taken - Under 10 minutes
Category - Healthy sweets, Indian sweets, Sugar free sweets
- Roasting peanuts in a skillet is a time consuming affair. That's where the microwave comes to our rescue. Spread the nuts in a single layer in a microwave safe dish. For a crisp texture, nuke at HIGH for about 4-5 minutes under supervision. Cool for 5-10 minutes. I didn't remove the skins. You may do so if you like. It doesn't affect the taste.
- Roast the sesame seeds in a deep skillet until they are aromatic and start popping. This will take around 3-4 minutes on a medium flame.
- In a food processor, pulse the roasted peanuts first till you get an almost fine powder. Do the same with the sesame seeds.
- Add all 3 ingredients together in the end and pulse for 2 minutes or so, until the natural oils are released and they come together.
- Remove onto a plate. Add cardamom powder. Mix well and shape into balls of desired size. You don't need any extra ghee / fats to hold the laddoo together. The natural oils in the nuts and seeds do a great job of it. You could also roll them in dried coconut shavings for another layer of taste.