Aval laddu recipe – a healthy poha ladoo recipe with step by step photos. I made these last year for a health magazine, made these again last month during the kids’ holidays, so got to share it here. These laddu are iron rich since they are made using red poha and jaggery. For the binding i used ghee, but milk can also be used.Jaggery and ghee go well rather than jaggery and milk. Milk goes well if using sugar.
Just to keep them simple i have made these with only a few ingredients. You can also use peanuts, fried gram, fresh coconut or almonds to add more taste. I have used coconut palm jaggery, you can use jaggery or sugar. If using jaggery, make sure it is clean without debris.
Aval ladoo make a good and healthy snack for kids and can also be packed in their school box.
Aval laddu recipe or poha ladoo
- 1 cup white or brown poha / beaten rice / rice flakes/ aval
- ¾ cup grated jaggery/ palm sugar/ sugar
- 2 elaichi/ green cardamoms or powder
- ½ cup desiccated coconut (optional)
- ¼ cup ghee or milk
- 8 to 10 cashews
- 8 to 10 raisins
- Dry roast aval/ poha till crunchy. Add coconut and fry till you begin to smell good. Cool this completely.
- Transfer this to a blender along with cardamoms. Make a fine powder, add jaggery and blend well again. Transfer this to the plate.
- Heat a pan with ghee, add cashews, fry till they turn golden, and add raisins. Switch off the stove.
- Pour this to the mixture. Knead everything well and make balls. If using milk, replace ghee with milk for binding. Dry roast nuts and use.
- Store aval laddu in air tight jar.
How to make aval laddu or poha ladoo recipe
1. Heat a heavy bottom pan and dry roast aval / poha until they turn crunchy.
2. Add desiccated coconut and Switch off the stove. Take care not to burn. If using fresh coconut, transfer aval to a plate first and then saute coconut in little ghee until you begin to smell good.
3. Cool and then powder it. If using whole cardamom, you can add them to poha and powder. A fine poha powder binds well, while making balls. If the powder is coarse ladoo breaks quickly.
4. Add jaggery or sugar and cardamom powder if not added earlier.
5. Blend well and transfer to a plate.
6. Heat ghee and fry nuts and raisins. Add the ghee and roll to balls. if needed you can use more ghee for good binding. If you want to use milk, just warm up and use it. Take small portions and roll them to balls. If using milk use up right away or at least on same day.
Poha ladoo keep good for 7 to 10 days at room temperature, if made using ghee.