July 27, 2011

Til ka Ladoo ~ Sesame Jaggery Roundels

Til Ka Ladoo (Sesame Jaggery Roundels) aka Ellu Urundai (Tamil) / Ellu Unde (Kannada) is something that most households make - I asked mom to make some sweet , but with no sugar / oil ! Mom looked at me and said she would make Til Ka Ladoo mix but I would have to shape them into ladoos.. Now, shaping ladoos is something I have never done (yes, I am not into that : I am more a halwa / sheera / kheer person!), but I reluctantly agreed. So she got the mix ready and I started shaping them - 9 of what I thought would be ladoos disintegrated right in front of my eyes, while mom was looking on - an amusedly wicked smile spreading across her face : I looked at her for some help while she looked the other way !

Finally, after what seemed a lifetime, 5 ladoos gave me some respite and showed up on the plate without crumbling (although I was tensed they would, especially while I clicked! :) ) Bouyed with a little sweet success, I started on the others, and kinda completed half of the mix, and handed over the rest to mom :-) Whew !  What seemed easy was, well, learnt a hard but fun way :) Sending this to Day 5 of Blogging Marathon under "cookbook recipes" (I got the idea from Mallika Badrinath's book - 200 Traditional Sweets) as also to my own event - Indian Mithai Mela.

See what my friends from Blogging Marathon dish out here

Prep time : 20 mins. Time for shaping them into roundels : Depends on your expertise :-) . Makes : 25 roundels of the medium lemon sized.


  • Sesame seeds / White Ellu - 200 gms
  • Jaggery - 150 gms (or equal proportion - optional)
  • Ghee - 3 to 4 TBSP


  1. Dry roast sesame seeds in batches till they crackle (rather splutter). Be careful not to burn.
  2. Grate jaggery (or mash up into small bits)
  3. Grind the sesame and the jaggery in a spice grinder till they incorporate into each other (the oil from the sesame is enough to form a bond) . Some people use jaggery syrup, but we prefer the dry and non-sticky Til Ladoos - they are much easy to bite into.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a large plate. Allow to cool. Add ghee into it, mix well and shape into Ladoos.


  1. wow love these ladoos...

  2. My all time favorite balls.

  3. My favorite sweet Kalyani..Click looks so tempting.

  4. Lovely looking laddoos.. I love til laddoo, will try these soon.

  5. good one Kalyani.

    Regarding your question about apple sauce substitute, I guess any fruit puree would work as apple sauce in the recipe acts as a fat substitute. Mail me if you have any questions

  6. Wow!!!Looks mouth watering.

  7. We make it similarly except that we add dried, grated coconut instead of ghee. Laddus look very delicious, Kalyani. :)

  8. This looks really healthy

  9. Laddu looks delicious and sounds easy to make.

  10. Laddoos look so inviting...

  11. Funny we both have bally posts - What say one til ladoo followed by a spicy peanut ball - we got the sweet & the kaaram - now about the coffee... :) Yummy ladoos, Kalyani!

  12. Perfect little laddoo. Umm Umm Good!

  13. Perfectly shaped ladoos. This is an easier method than the jaggery syrup one since it has to be rolled before it cools.

  14. The til laddoos look great..
    Happy Blogging

  15. Awesome looking laddos Kalyani..love the round shape!.


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