Jonna Pelalu Laddu / Popcorn Laddu ~ Sweet Laddoo with Jowar Sankranti Special!

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I know this is not the greatest time for me to post this laddos, but then life is like that! What with my diet plan and being determined not to touch a sweet dish, you may think that I might be tempted. For one thing, this was prepared during Sankranti and another well..another reason.

Anyway with the diet plan going strong, I am surely not going to be making sweets but only post ones that were already prepared. The day has been hectic with work and the diet putting lot of pressure. Basically it was because I wasn’t really prepared for it. Well that shows that I got to be more prepared. Work has been hectic the last two days which resulted in me working the weekend too. I completed the breakfast and hubby dear took the kids for a trip to his friends family in a town. They came back only late evening and recollected that they really enjoyed the trip.

They play with calf and ran around wild. These were some of the bounties that our friends sent back. This reminded me of my childhood spent cultivating. That’s a story for another day for sure. For now enjoy the pictures.

Radish, Okra/ Lady’s Finger and Cluster Beans.
Red Sorrel Leaves and Amarnath
Before getting on the recipe, check out my interview in Femina.
Coming back to the laddus, as I said I was really surprised that these are popped before making these laddus. You may have read this post where the Jowar were treated as just lovely pops just popcorns. Knowing how much Athamma enjoyed making this during Sankranti because she remembered her Mom. She said her mom used to make this in huge amount for the kids at home. Most times, before attempting to make the laddus, it was mostly consumed as just pops.
So just for the post we again popped them and they disappeared just like that!

Jonna Pelaalu Laddu

Jowar Pops – 1 cup
Jaggary – 1 cup or depending on sweetness
Cardamon a pinch
Ghee as required to make balls
Method to prepare
Make the Jowar pops as explained in the post. Allow to cool. Then pulse it couple of times till you get a fine powder.
Grate the jaggary to a fine powder. Then again pulse both the Jowar and jaggary together. Remove and add 1 tsp of ghee. Mix it again. This should get you a texture that will hold it together.
Make tight balls from the mixture and adjust the ghee to see if the balls are holding it together.
Store in a container, this stayed for a week and was most delicious!

Enjoy every bite. Of course once you shed some weight!..:) Have a great week ahead.

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  1. My naanamma makes this but I never used to have them, now that I wanna have them, gosh she back home – when I tell her that she laughs at me… A very healthy one!!! Am gonna grab a few!!!

  2. A brilliant recipe, Valli. Who would have thought of grinding popped seeds? I can tell they are deadly for a diet, though. 😛

  3. they look perfect, I think this could have been an ICC challenge what say, but before I spk let me see where I get the jowar here to pop. Love you interview with femina. Great Work..:)

  4. there is such a thrill in cooking and eating home grown vegetables…i have a vegetable garden in my backyard and usually i have tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, chillies, all summer long and a lemon tree all year long and also some winter vegetables….though they are hard to maintain since its been raining during winter last couple years…

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