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?
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
- 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.
Winter perfect bajra ladoos
- 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
- 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