Ragi and oats laddu is a healthy option for all sweet lovers. These laddus are very delicious and nutrient rich as it is prepared with ragi/nachni, oats, jaggery and nuts. Ragi oats laddu is a perfect sweet which can be enjoyed any time of the day.
Laddu is a traditional Indian sweet prepared for all festivals and special occasions. It is also offered as prasadam at temples especially at Tirupathi. There are many different varieties of laddu which are prepared with grains, flours, seeds, dals, legumes etc. Laddu is sweetened with either sugar or jaggery. Loads of ghee is used in the preparation which makes the laddu more tasty and tempting. Chopped nuts like almonds, cashews, pista, resins etc. are added for a crunch in the laddu.
Ragi and oats laddu is a healthy variation to our traditional Laddu recipe. The laddu is made healthier by substituting sugar with powdered jaggery. Addition of coconut, sesame seeds and crushed/powdered nuts makes these laddu more delicious and healthy too. These laddu can be served as a healthy snack for both kids and adults.
Ragi is a rich source of protein, amino acids, fiber, antioxidants etc. It helps to lose weight, controls diabetes, treats anemia, increases lactation, helps digestion etc. Similarly oats too possess several potential health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart diseases, colon cancer and stomach cancer apart from helping to reduce cholesterol, blood sugar levels, skin allergies, blood pressure etc.
1 cup ragi flour/nachni
1 cup quick oats
1 cup powdered jaggery or brown sugar
1 tbsp sesame seeds, white or black
½ cup dry coconut, grated
½ tsp flax seeds (opt)
¼ cup mixed nuts (almonds, cashew, walnuts etc.)
¼ cup ghee, melted
- Heat a heavy bottomed pan and dry roast oats for few seconds on a low flame. Do not increase the flame, as oats will turn brown. Transfer it to a plate and allow it to cool. Once cooled, add the roasted oats into a mixer jar and powder it. Keep this aside.
- To the hot pan, add few nuts like almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts etc. and dry roast for few seconds until they turn crunchy. Transfer it to a plate and cool it.
- Also dry roast sesame seeds, dry coconut and flax seeds (opt) separately for few seconds. Do not over roast and burn them. Let them cool for some time.
- Add roasted nuts, sesame seeds, flax seeds and grated dry coconut into a mixer jar. Pulse it few times to get a coarse powder. Keep this aside. If you prefer to get the nuts in every bite of the ladoo, crush them separately or chop them finely, do not grind it along with sesame, coconut and flax seeds.
- Now heat a pan and add 2 tsp ghee. Add ragi flour and roast it for 2 minutes on a low-medium flame. Do not brown the ragi flour. To this add roasted powdered oats and fry both together for few seconds. Switch off the flame.
- Transfer the roasted ragi and oats to a wide bowl. Let it cool slightly. Add to it, powdered sesame +coconut +flax seeds and nuts. Mix well.
- Also add powdered jaggery and mix well with all the other ingredients. Add melted warm ghee little at times and bring the whole mixture together. You may require few more tablespoons of ghee some times, so keep it ready.
- Else, you can also add little milk and bring the mixture together. Adding milk may reduce the shelf life of the ragi oats laddu.
- Once the mixture comes together, grease your hands with little ghee and take small portions from the mixture. Shape into rounds balls.
- Store the ladoo in an airtight container for a longer shelf life. It stays good for 10-12 days at room temperature.
- Serve healthy and delicious Ragi oats laddu as a snack.
- Dry roast all the ingredients on a low or medium flame to avoid burning.
- Ragi oats laddu is sweetened with powdered jaggery here. Anyways you can substitute it with powdered brown sugar or regular sugar too.
- Any nuts of your choice can be added. The quantity can be increased or decreased as per your likings.
- Add ghee as needed to bring the mixture together. Before adding ghee, melt it and keep it warm.
- If you find it difficult to bring the mixture together, add little milk and bind it. However, the shelf life of ragi oats laddu may reduce.
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