Winter perfect bajra ladoos – pearl millet bites

Pearl millet and acacia gum ladoo

So far, I have had very little stints of winter,  but , never a long drawn heavy one.  But, the winter ladoo with edible gum had been introduced to me by a good friend Vaibhavi. Her nearly palm sized ladoo studded with beautiful crushed dry fruits. I love the little bites of popped up  roasted gum which  give a great crunch. This was my inspiration for this recipe.

What special here?

Now, in this recipe there are two great elements.. One of course is the gaund (edible gum) and  the other the pearl millet.

About Pearl millet- Bajra


  • Pearl millet is widely acclaimed by dietitians to control diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
  • This is because the fiber content in pearl millet.
  • It has high energy, has less starch, high fiber.
  • The pearl millet has a great range of protein approximately 8-19 percent.
  • The low glycemic indices help towards the diabetic diet
  • Being a millet, it is gluten free too

The special feature- Acacia gum

edible gum

  • Obtained from the axle wood tree and popular as the winter gum, gaund or dink is very popular in certain north Indian desserts.
  • It is rich in calcium and protein
  • It puffs up like a popcorn when roasted.
  • Often served to lactating mothers to provide strength to the back bone, actually the ladoo offer a great deal of well rounded energy.
  • the ladoos demand quite a lot of liquids to go with them which keeps upon the feeling of fullness.
Though the ladoo  looks dark in colour it’s is quickly liked by all.  If your kids are fussy about the day colour ask them to close their eyes and taste it.. Once tasted.. They will forget about the colour. Look at mine grabbing a second one as I shoot…
bajra dink ladoo
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Pearl millet and acacia gum ladoo

Winter perfect bajra ladoos

Pearl millet and gum bites
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Desserts, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, Medicinal, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 20 pieces


  • 1 cup Pearl millet bajra
  • 2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter
  • 2 tbsp edible acacia gum gaund, dink
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 pods green cardamom
  • 1/2 cup jaggery raw cane sugar or use palm sugar

for rolling

  • 1/2 cup ghee / clarified butter


  • Dry roast the pearl millet till it turns crunchy and a roast smell comes out.
  • Remove and set aside in a plate to cool.
  • Place 2 tbsp of ghee in the wok , place gum into it.
  • When the gum gets heated up it becomes puffy and ab bit powdery in texture. remove and set to to drain
  • Now, roast the raisins in the remaining ghee for a while till they are a bit puffy too. drain and set aside to cool.
  • Add the pearl millet, crushed jaggery, the puffed gum and cardamom pods into the spice mill in small quantities and powder well
  • Now add in the raisins with a small quantity of the powdered mixture and get it crushed too.
  • Remove the mixture on to a plate
  • Take little amount of mixture in your hands add a few drops of ghee to it .
  • mix well and press it down to form a nice neat ball.
  • Serve the ladoos with a cup of warm milk or turmeric latte


The ladoos store well so will keep for 2-3 weeks easily in an air tight container. Take care to avoid moisture.
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Poonam Bachhav
6 years ago

Lovely winter recipe

6 years ago

Much needed for the season. For me ladoos are the best way to intake any ingredient.

6 years ago

Delicious laddoos for the season! They look fabulous 🙂

6 years ago

Lovely ladoos, made healthy with bajra

6 years ago

Ladoos looks superb. So healtHy and Delicious.

Priya Srinivasan
6 years ago

Wow! That looks awesome! I thought u made it with flour! Would love to try it, have all the ingredients in the pantry!

Vishal kumar
4 years ago

In this article i found great recipes for my self and really informative article keep it up
Thank You
Vishal kumar.

Mayuri Patel
3 years ago

My grandmother use to make bajra laddoos and at time we would run a mile as we didn’t like the taste of bajra. Now its a different story. Adding gaunt makes them very nutritious. Wondering if I could use bajra flour instead of whole bajra.

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