Thursday, 15 January 2015

White sesame seeds(Ellu) Ladoos- Makar Sankaranti Special


Sesame seeds Laddu / Til ladoo / Ellu unde simple yet healthy, nutritious, and delicious sweet. Sesame seeds are rich source of calcium, iron, niacin and copper. This is a very healthy alternative treat to our kids. This sesame laddu/ellu laddu is very easy to make, flavorful and packed with lots of calcium and proteins.

Pongal, Lohri and Makar Sankranti are one of the first festivals that mark the beginning of the New Year. Different festivals, celebrated by different communities in different parts of India at almost the same time. While Lohri is celebrated on 13th January, Pongal is 4 day celebration at same time and Makar Sankranti is celebrated on the 14th January, they all are ways to celebrate the new harvest.Makar Sankranti is celebrated as an ode to the agricultural community and to pray for healthy harvest. Sharing these sweets with you virtually with all the wishes of abundance. Nuvvula Unda or Nuvvula Laddu is a classic Andhra style sweet prepared for festivals.Its otherwise called as”Til ke ladoos”.

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Prep time

Cook time


20 mins

10 mins



Cuisine: South Indian

Recipe Type: Dessert





1. Dry roast sesame seeds in a pan on medium heat; till pale/light brown about 4-5 mins. Remove and set aside. Remove onto a wide plate and allow to cool.




2. In the same vessel, add the almonds and dry roast on low flame for 5 mts. In same pan, roast coconut till light brown. Keep aside.



3. Next blend the sesame seeds for 5-6 seconds. You have to make a coarse powder of the sesame seeds. Add the grated jaggery, roasted almonds and dry coconut pieces and blend till combined. You can see the oil (sesame seeds) oozing out of the mixture.




4. Remove onto a plate and add cardamom powder. Let it cool slightly.Once cool enough to handle by hand take small lumps of mixture and make balls of it with the help of your palms. Store in an air tight container and they stay good for a week to ten days. You can store in the fridge too for longer shelf life.



  • Ensure that the mixture is still warm when rolling.
  • No need to buy cardamom powder. Just open the shell of green cardamoms and crush the seeds with mortar and pestle.




Health benefits

Sesame seeds are valuable sources of dietary protein with fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth, especially in children. Sesame seeds are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and riboflavin. They have antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer as well as many health promoting properties.



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