I love my mum’s besan laddoos.
I don’t know how to make them, though. They’re quite labour intensive — and rich. Something you make for a very special occasion. Which in my culture means when you’re celebrating life’s joyous moments — weddings, pregnancies, university graduations etc — and religious occasions such as Diwali.
So you can imagine my glee when I discovered Ayurvedic bindi balls — they’re just as delicious, but MUCH healthier.
I’ve adapted these bindi balls from the Mudita Institute’s Ayurvedic Warmth cookbook — which you can download for free if you subscribe to their newsletter.
What I love about these balls is that they are super nourishing and filling — given that they are loaded with healthy fats and protein — and are bursting with flavour from the ghee and spices.
Total cooking time: 40 minutes | Makes 22–25 walnut sized balls
These balls are gluten-free.
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1/3 cup blanched almonds
- 1/2 cup of chopped dates
- ¾ cup ghee
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 2 tsp cardamom seeds (seeds only), roughly ground
- 1 ¾ cups besan (chickpea) flour
- 1/3 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/3 cup LSA mix
- 1/3 cup rapadura or coconut sugar, lumps removed
In fry pan, dry toast the sesame seeds. Then set aside to cool.
While the seeds are cooling, dry toast the almonds in the fry pan, then once cooled, chop roughly.
In a large heatproof bowl, add the chopped almonds, sesame seeds and chopped dates. Set aside.
Now, warm the ghee in a large wide-based pan. Toast the fennel and cardamom seeds in the warmed ghee until fragrant. Add the besan flour and desiccated coconut and stir continuously until the mixture has a nice toasted biscuit-y smell. You want the besan flour fully cooked — this takes about 5-7 minutes. Next, tip in the sugar and LSA mix to the pan and stir to mix thoroughly.
Remove from the heat and tip the mixture into the bowl with the seeds, nuts and dates. Mix well.
Allow the mixture to cool for 15–20 mins until it is easy to handle.
Roll into walnut sized balls and pop in a large glass jar in the fridge to harden.
Keeps for weeks, but I don’t think it will last long — especially if you share them!