“Ganpati Bappa Morya Ghee Ma Laddoo Choriya”.
Happy Ganesh Festival to all !!
Laddoos and modak are popular sweets offered to Lord Ganesha during the Ganesh Festival.
Different types of laddoos and modaks are made during the festival to welcome Lord Ganesha. Besides these, various other types of sweets are made for the 10 days festival.
On this festival, I wanted to make churma laddoo by using ragi and oats. I always love to use Ragi and have its flour stored in my home. Ragi is a whole grain that is gluten free. It is packed with iron, calcium, good carbs, ammino acids and Vitamin D. It is rich in fiber which helps in weight loss and good for controlling diabetes. Ragi grain originated in Africa and has been cultivated in Uganda and Ethiopia since many years. In India, Ragi crop was introduced 4000 years ago, and has been found in archeological excavations in the Harappan Civilization. Many pediatricians recommend finger-millet-based food for infants of six months and above because of its high nutritional content, especially iron and calcium. Home-made ragi malt is a popular infant food.
Similarly, Oats are protein-packed, full of fiber and low in fat. They help to boost energy levels and help you lead a healthy lifestyle. Oats contain a wide range of nutrients like fiber, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, etc. which make them top the healthy food charts.
I have used jaggery, nuts, flax seeds, sesame seeds and coconut. They give additional nutritional benefit to the recipe.
I have made the laddoo using the same process that is used to make atta churma laddoo. Instead of frying the dough for making churma, I have baked it to make it more healthy.
You can use the nuts of your choice. Also, you can chop and add them instead of grinding them.
They are very easy and simple to make. They are very delicious and are a healthy snack. Have it in morning, noon or evening.
So enjoy this Ganesh Festival by making and offering Lord the healthy laddoo.
Healthy Ragi Oat Churma Laddoo
- 1 cup ragi Finger Millet / Nachini
- 1/2 cup Sooji coarse, Semolina flour
- 1/2 cup oats quick oats
- 1/2 cup dry nut powder (almonds, cashew nut, pistachio, walnuts)
- 2 tbsp flaxseeds grounded
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds grounded
- 1/2 cup jaggery
- 1/2 cup dessicated coconut
- 4 tbsp oil
- 4 tbsp ghee
- 2 tsp cardamom powder
- 3 tbsp milk if you find mixture dry and require to bind
- 1/2 cup luke warm water for kneading
In a mixing bowl add ragi flour, sooji (semolina) and oats.
Mix well the oil and all flour.
Now ad luke warm water and knead into a tight dough.
Make with your fist small portions as shown.
Prick them with fork and place them in a baking sheet.
Bake them in a preheated oven @210 C for 20-22 minutes flipping once.
Cool them and make small pieces of it.
Now grind the pieces into a mixture grinder and then sieve them.
Take the sifted flour, dessicated coconut, grounded dry nuts (almond, cashewnut, walnut and pistachio), grounded flax seed and sesame seed and cardamom powder.
Mix them well.
In a pan heat ghee.
Add jaggery into it.
Stir and melt the jaggery. Remove from heat once the jaggery is melted. (take cake to remove once melted, if jaggery kept more on heat then it will start to caremalised and the laddoo will become harder and chewy).
Pour the melted jaggery and ghee over the flour and nuts mixture.
Mix them well. If you find mixture is drying then add warm milk to it. (sometimes if the dough is baked more, then the moisture will dry and hence it will become difficult to shape into laddoo.)
Apply ghee in your palm if required and shape the dough into small balls. Keep aside to set for some time.
Laddoos are ready to serve.
Healthy ragi oat churma laddoo ready to be offered to Lord Ganesha.
If the dough is over baked, then the moisture in it dries out. Hence it becomes difficult to shape them. So use warm milk while shaping them into laddoo.