Imli Ladoos (Tamarind Balls)


imli ladoos
Time to take a trip down the memory lane...time to travel to childhood days again with this tangy, sweet & addictive imli bombs!!! Taste awesome, though turned a little hard! Nevertheless I am in love with these imli ladoos again!




These were my favorite munching sweet 'n savory treats as a child. What about you?
I am sure kids love them as much as we love these even today. So if you buy them for yourself or kids, why not try these delicacies at home?
After all, home stuff is still better than the market junk? What do you think?





imli ladoo


tamarind balls
Imli ladoos recipe:
Jaggery (gur) - 250 gm 
Tamarind (fresh imli) -250 gm 
Rosted cumin powder:-1/2 tsp
Black salt:- 1/2 tsp
ghee:-1/2 tsp

Process 


  1. De-seed imli and then grind it. The purpose is to make it soft so that it easily gets dissolved in jaggery.
  2. Take a thick, heavy bottomed pan and add jaggery. Heat on a low flame.
  3. When jaggery melts, immediately add ghee, jeera, black salt and turn off heat. Now it's time to add ground imli. Give it a good mix.
  4. Keep aside for 10-15 minutes to cool down.
  5. Roll balls with clean hands when it is still warm & toss it in powdered sugar. 
  6. Enjoy your chatpatte khatte mithe tamarind laddoos and take a trip down your memory lane :)
Another method to prepare simple sweet & tangy imli gola or imli laddu is to grind equal quantity of imli and jaggery along with salt. Then make small balls and roll the same into powdered sugar. You will get tangy sweets that you'll love. Additionally, this method does not require ghee or heating.

Oil Free Snacks

oil free snack/toast
Any guesses? This is for all the health conscious people out there who refrain from using too much oil in their snacks. This was an experiment, but I tell you, it turned out really well! Feeling amazed and of course happy!


Another oil-free recipe. Yes, this looks more like bread pakoda and tastes the same as well. But this recipe does not use bread, nor does it use oil. It is a simple combination of rice flour & besan prepared in a sandwich maker.
For a change, works great as a snack when kids want something urgently and you do not have something special to treat them. They will happily enjoy this kinda snacks!

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup rice flour,
1/2 cup besan (gram flour)
a pinch of baking soda
a tablespoon of oil (if you wish; I used it)
a tbs of sesame seeds (you can increase or reduce the quantity)
salt - as per taste

Mix all the ingredients, and then add water. It should be viscous - not to thick nor too runny. 
Grease the four plates of the sandwich maker 'n pour the batter. 
I kept it for 10 minutes; you might like to keep it longer if you want it crispier. 
You can check in between n keep it longer if you so wish. 
Mine was on the softer side, just like a bread pakoda.
 I suggest adding onion, ginger-chilli paste, and coriander to enhance the taste :)

This was an experiment and hubby liked it, so I think it will work for you all as well.
Enjoy with a hot cup of tea, and you will surely love it.

Almond Badam Ladoos: Navratri Recipe


almond ladoos

Looking for a healthy sweet recipe with almonds?

Then these cute little almond balls are sure going to appeal to you.

Tried these melt in the mouth delicacies for the first time and they exceeded my expectations 
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Great for fasting days and equally perfect as a power-packed everyday snack!!!!


You can make almond ladoos with condensed milk alone or sugar syrup following the same style. It was a super easy process. 













Almonds Benefits:


  • Help manage blood glucose levels
  • Add dietary fiber and aid in digestion
  • Make a powerful snacking option
  • Are loaded with vitamins & minerals, making them a complete health food



Health benefits of almonds have been a matter of discussion for centuries, with no controversies whatsoever. Eat them raw or toasted; flakes or sliced, slivered or floured or simply turn them into almond milk or almond butter. 

Believe me or not, almond butter makes a great substitute to clarified butter. I have tried an almond butter cake, without adding a single drop of oil or butter and it turned out amazingly delicious.This delicious cake was ready in 2 minutes. yes, this was a mug cake.

You might also want to try almond butter whole wheat cake.

You may also make almond butter kulfi, which is seriously healthylicious and does not use cream or sugar!  Almond butter does the magic here while honey adds subtle sweetness to this seriously addictive kulfi.


Trust me, the almond butter kulfi sans oats makes a delicious navratri recipe.


Almond Benefits

Almonds come with several health benefits. Unlike other types of nuts that are high in bad cholesterol, almonds raise good cholesterol levels. Try this health food and you will fall in love with the recipe!


According to a study published in the American Dietetic Association Journal, almonds raise vitamin E levels in the red blood cells and plasma. The study also claims that almonds for cholesterol are really beneficial and help in lowering LDL while raising HDL levels. The nuts help improve blood lipid levels and are thus great for the heart functioning.

Another study published in the Cancer Letters claims that almonds may help reduce colon cancer risk. In fact, eat almonds regularly to boost your body's cancer'fighting properties. Of course, you cannot change your genes, but you certainly can alter the behavior of genes with the type and amount of food you eat.

Though almond benefits outnumber their side effects, if you are allergic to nuts, avoid consuming them.

Click here to go to almond-gur chikki recipe, which is another navratri special snacking option.



Almond Ladoos Recipe: 
almond balls
1 cup: almonds
sugar - as per taste
water - Little - 5-6 tbsp (this is just an estimate - we need to make sugar syrup, so please use your own experience & judgment here)
Cream - 1 tbsp
Milk- 1 tbsp
Elaichi (GREEN CARDAMOM)- 1/2tsp



  1. Boil almonds in hot water for 3-4 minutes ...remove the cover and dry them. I dried them on gas stove in a heavy bottomed pan. You may sun dry them. 
  2. I dried them on gas stove in a heavy bottomed pan. 
  3.  Let them cool down a bit and then grind them to powder.
  4. Mix sugar, elaichi, and water. Let it boil until it turns thick. Mix with milk and cream. Keep on a low flame.
  5. Add the powder to the water+cream+milk concoction.
  6. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens and a mass is formed.
  7. Turn off the flame
  8. Let it cool little and then knead it like dough.
  9. Take a greased plate (you can use aluminum foil or parchment paper)
  10. Put the almond dough on the plate, press it. Give it shapes.
  11. Enjoy healthy sweet badam ladoos!



almond meal
Almonds come with several health benefits. Unlike other types of nuts that are high in bad cholesterol, almonds raise good cholesterol levels. Try this health food and you will fall in love with the recipe!

Please do not forget to check badam burfi recipe here.
Here is the recipe of 2-ingredient kid-friendly pista badam ladoo.




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