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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Whole wheat dessert - for my hubby dearest

My health kept me busy for all wrong reasons and I could not get myself to write my musings on saapaadu. It is the first time that I am writing about a recipe on this blog...couldn't keep way from doing it I guess. Cooking is an art form. A mish mash of flavor, a base ingredient and fat make a dish.

I like making whole wheat ladoo for srinath. He wouldn't mind eating sweets. I brought him to reduce the amount of sugar intake in his daily diet. Any case, an occasional indulgence of sugar and fat would not hurt.

This time around i gave a slight spin to the usual wheat ladoo I usually make. I added a few tablespoons of unsweetened chocolate to the recipe. It is a wholesome breakfast if washed down with a glass of plain milk (no sugar or any malted drink for me.)

I basically learnt about this laddo from Sowmya...a very dear friend of mine . More such discoveries confirmed my staunch belief that any starch/carb form with a hint of sugar and fat (butter or ghee) would make a sweet dish... that statement might have made you smile. But it is true. So to speak no food is very complicated. It is all about one basic carb or starch, a flavor ingredient, salt or sugar or a hint of both with some fat (optional in my case) and a final tempering or garnish.

Now to the recipe:

Whole wheat badam laddo with a choco twist"

3 cups whole wheat atta
2 cups sugar (i used white this time ..but use brown generally)
1 tbsp elachi powder
1 cup almonds
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 sticks of butter (roughly one cup and a spoon)
1 tsp dry ginger powder
3 tbsp unsweetened chocolate powder

I cant stand so i used the oven for 16 minutes at 350 F (preheat and the usual bake time 8 + 8) to roast the whole wheat atta and the almonds.

let the atta and almonds cool. Coarse grind the almonds with elaichi powder and ginger powder.
Add sugar, raisins, chocolate powder and the almond mix and fold it into the atta
Melt butter (room temperature) in the microwave (takes three minutes )

and now pour in the melted butter into the atta mix

the final step takes a bit of your effort as you roll the flour into ladoo. Enjoy!

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