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Alshi Ladoo | How to make Flaxseed Ladoo

>>  Friday, April 1, 2016

A for Alshi Ladoo - A to Z Maharashtrian Sweets

Welcome to the Journey through the Cuisine, where I am doing an A to Z on Maharashtrian Sweets. It's been a wonderful learning experience, reading through the many blogs I chanced on while searching for the appropriate alphabet. 

For A, I had an option of Anarse, Atavala (Rice Methi Kheer), ALivache ladoo. Anarse is same as Athirasam So my next choice was Aliv Seeds or Garden Cress seeds. Since it has another name, which was also tough, I had to leave these Aliv Seeds for that alphabet. I next landed on Flaxseeds which is also called as Alshi in Marathi. Pradnya said this Alsi is a hindi word and maybe used as a slang. However I read it being mentioned as alshi in some of the marathi blogs and moreover by the time I had this conversation with her, my ladoos were done and disappeared as well.

So I have this delicious ladoo made with Flaxseeds and Jaggery. I made another Ladoo which you will get to read later, which again had gond in it. Now the story about gond comes in. I was looking around to get hold of gond, please do not be under the impression that I searched physically. 

My looking around will be pinging my buddies on WhatsApp to ask if they know where it is available in Madras. I knew my buddies were the best, someone will either point to the right location or in most case, will offer to get it for me, as Veena does always. In this case, Padma gave me a packet of gond, when I had gone to meet her. 
On top, she even lent me her some of her props as I mostly have white props and nothing of the fancy colourful bowls suitable for Sweets. So you see, the props used in this post are the courtesy Padma. 

For ease of making, I had paired similar dishes to be cooked on the same day. So just to let you know I made two varieties of ladoos, two varieties of poli ( the Maharashtrian name for rotis). In the end, when I was all set to click, God help me, I forgot which was A and which was the other alphabet. 

However, I got the recipe noted down right

Coming to the recipe, these are some healthy ladoos, that you can indulge in as  Flaxseed are Omega-3 and Omega-6 elements rich including the goodness of Jaggary. 

I had both Flax Seeds and Flax Meal. I used the Flax Meal in this recipe.

Alshi / Linseeds / Flaxseed
Flaxseed Meal

Gond/ Edible Gum powder
Roasted Dry Nuts
Making Jaggery Syrup

Making the Alsi Ladoo


A for Alshi Laddoo

Ingredients for Alsi Ki Pinni

Alshi / Linseeds / Flaxseed Meal - 1 cup
Wheat Flour - 1 cup
Ghee -  3 to 4 tbsp (increase as required)
Jaggery -  3 /4  cup (increase to your taste)
Gond / Edible Gum - 3 tbsp 

Roasted nuts: 
Cashews,  Almonds, Pistachios - 2 tbsp 

How to make Alshi Ladoo

If you are making with whole flaxseeds, then dry roast the seeds till you hear a crackling sound, which takes about couple of minutes on hot pan. Cool and grind to a powder.

If using meal, then proceed with roasting the ingredients for the ladoo.

All the steps below can be done in the same non stick pan.

First heat the non stick pan with ghee, roast the gond till it blooms up. Remove to a plate to cool down.

Once cooled down, grind to a powder. Keep it aside.
Next add another tsp ghee, roast the wheat flour till its nicely done. Remove to a bowl.

Follow this by roasting the flaxseed meal in a tsp ghee. Remove.

Finally roast all the dry fruits you are using and keep it aside.

For the jaggery syrup, take the jaggery in 1 /2  cup water and melt it over low flame. When it starts melting and reaches a syrup consistency, (takes about 5 mins), remove from flame.

Take all the roasted wheat flour, Flaxseed meal, roasted nuts, gond, rest of the ghee in a bowl. Pour the melted jaggery syrup into it and mix well with a spoon. Make balls with small portions. Press well to form firm ladoos.

Notes:

Another method to make this would be to add grated jaggery to the roasted flours, add melted ghee and press into ladoos. 

If your jaggery syrup becomes hard, do not fear. Let it cool down, break into smaller pieces and pulse it to make a powder. Then you can proceed to make ladoos with the rest of the ingredients.




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25 comments :

Sandhya Ramakrishnan April 1, 2016 at 12:05 AM  

Valli, so happy to be reading your Maharashtrian sweets. We are big sweet lovers and my bookmark list is going to burst. I have all the ingredients ready at home and I am so tempted to make this right away, but I will wait until I am done with the pending dishes. Gorgeous props from Padma and you have utilized them really well. looking forward to the rest of your series :)

Priya Srinivasan April 1, 2016 at 12:08 AM  

Yumm ladoos valli. I have made them some time back. Props look very pretty!!!

Usha April 1, 2016 at 12:12 AM  

I did not flaxseeds were used even in Indian cooking. I was surprised when I came across a recipe that called for flaxseeds. Coming to today's ladoo, these are healthy and guilt free. It was very sweet of Padma to lend you some of her props..

Padma Rekha April 1, 2016 at 12:16 AM  

Wow that's a traditional and fantastic,healthy recipe Valli. If it is a sweet also no problem for me where you used a lot of healthy ingredients in it.

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan April 1, 2016 at 12:28 AM  

A to Z Maharashtrian sweets???? OMG wow Valli. Kudos to you. You know right? I was struggling with Tamil Nadu recipes only. he he he.. Can't wait to read all your recipes. Good luck.

Sapana Behl April 1, 2016 at 1:02 AM  

Alshi ke ladoo looks very healthy and tempting.This is surely a tough theme and I am wondering about the tough letters.Looking forward to seeing your Maharastrian creations.

Suma Gandlur April 1, 2016 at 2:26 AM  

The laddus are on healthier side besides being yummy. Can't wait to see your Maharashtrian sweet dishes.

Pavani N April 1, 2016 at 7:02 AM  

Such a healthy & nutritious laddoos to start the marathon with Valli. Flaxseed laddoos look amazing.

vaishali sabnani April 1, 2016 at 7:42 AM  

Excellent theme Valli. The ladoos are my new passion and I am bookmarking these, they are super nutritious. LOL on the mix up

The Pumpkin Farm April 1, 2016 at 8:48 AM  

these feel like our own indian version of granola bars...made with staple wheat...this is something i will make for kids midday snacks...and those props look really beautiful u have used them very well too...cant wait for ur rest of the series

Gayathri Kumar April 1, 2016 at 8:51 AM  

That is a wonderful start to this mega BM Valli. What a nutritious way of eating ladoos. I am going to love your research into the cuisine..

Priya Suresh April 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM  

Wat a fantastic start Valli, prefect laddoos for my sweet tooth. Waiting eagerly to watch out 25 more Maharashtrian sweets from u.

Amara Annapaneni April 1, 2016 at 2:56 PM  

That's one challenging theme Valli, these laddoos are delicious and healthy too. Can't wait for rest of your delicious sweet delights:)

Nisha Sundar April 1, 2016 at 3:14 PM  

Interesting Valli. Even I was surprised to find flax seeds as a part of Indian cooking. SO much to learn. Eagerly waiting for the rest of your posts.. :) :)

Padmajha PJ April 1, 2016 at 3:32 PM  

Nice dish srivalli. Incidentally I have all the ingredients to make this one. Will add to bookmarks but God alone knows when I will make them. Looking forward to tomorrow's dessert...

Kalyani April 1, 2016 at 4:13 PM  

Healthy start to the mega BM with this sweet.. 25 more to go and am sure I would book mark several of these healthy treats to make them for the kids Back home :))

Ruchi Indu April 1, 2016 at 8:39 PM  

What a start to the mega marathon. Flax seeds + jaggery : such a healthy combination. Waiting eagerly for your other sweet recipes

Smruti Shah April 1, 2016 at 11:12 PM  

I have never tried using flax for anything but cereals and baking. These ladoos look so amazing!

Nalini's Kitchen April 2, 2016 at 5:47 AM  

Wonderful choice of theme Valli,looking forward for the rest of the sweet recipes..BTW ladoo looks so healthy and delicious..

Harini-Jaya R April 2, 2016 at 6:45 AM  

Same pinch Valli. I have chosen the Maharashtrian cuisine as well. But I was not as adventurous as you in selecting a sub theme. These laddus look so tempting. Looking forward to all the sweets you have come up. I am sure we will end up doing some of the same sweets :).

Saraswathi Tharagaram April 2, 2016 at 10:05 AM  

Woow Rocking theme Valli!! Excited to see all sweet creation!! Flax seed ladoo sounds more healthy and delicious!!

Chef Mireille April 3, 2016 at 10:23 AM  

what a fabulous sub theme - mine is so simple in comparison to all of you with your challenging sub themes - regardless isnt it great to have close blogger friends - the vessels look gorgeous - looking forward to discovering so many new recipes in the marathon

veena krishnakumar April 3, 2016 at 11:41 PM  

Awesome theme Valli. Do I can look forward to 26 sweets. Ladoo looks tasty, lovely start for the marathon !!

A Kamalika Krishmy April 5, 2016 at 10:49 PM  

Knew that you will come up with a different theme.. wish I had your energy... Flaxseed laddoos looks inviting and the props as well ;)

rajani April 8, 2016 at 8:32 AM  

You are definitely making me fatter virtually :=))). On a serious note, lovely theme. The best part is the ease of distributing these around, unlike me who stock it and eat it :D :-)

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