11 Varieties Of Laddu For Every Foodie’s Bucket List
If you were writing an essay on India, the phrase ‘unity in diversity’ would definitely figure in it somewhere. This holds true for Indian foods as well, for instance, laddus. No matter where you travel to in this vast country, you will get to savour these scrumptious sweets – varying in ingredients, sizes, and textures, depending on the region. Some of these have been around for centuries, others have evolved over time. While there are dozens of varieties, we have shortlisted 11 ‘must-try’ laddus for the foodie in all of us.
1. Sesame Laddu
Sesame is a very important item in all Hindu festivals and rituals, and health-wise too, it comes with a lot of benefits such as strengthening immune system. White sesame or black, these crunchy little seeds when roasted and sweetened with jaggery, can be a delightful addition to your pantry. They are very popular during the Hindu winter solstice, that is Makar Sankranti, and also during regional festivals in Assam. Buy til laddu online.
2. Besan Laddu
This is probably the most popular type of laddu there is – regularly made in households across North and West India, especially during festive occasions such as Diwali. Prepared with chickpea flour, ghee, sugar, and additional powdered spices such as cardamom and nutmeg, these wheatish balls are usually garnished with almond slivers. Buy besan laddu online.
3. Atta Laddu
Another famous North Indian laddu is atta or whole wheat laddu, a must-have during winters and quite a favourite among kids. Quite similar to besan laddu in preparation, it is sometimes mixed with other ingredients such as semolina or grated coconut which gives you suji-atta laddu or nariyal-atta laddu respectively. Buy atta laddu online.
4. Churma Laddu
Churma is coarsely ground wheat cooked with ghee and sugar – a popular delicacy in Haryana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. Churma laddus, hence, are balls made from this sweet mixture. Most popular in Rajasthan, it is usually prepared together with dal bati and is a deep-fried delight for all sweet lovers. Buy churma laddu online.
5. Gond Laddu
These laddus are special in that their main ingredient is edible gum from acacia tree and are given to lactating mothers to help increase milk production. The other ingredients generally include gram flour or wheat flour and dry fruits such as almonds and cashews. Sticky and tender, these laddus are a winter favourite. Buy gond laddu online.
6. Mewa Laddu
As the name suggests, these laddus are made purely out of different combinations of whole or crushed dry fruits, chiefly cashews, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, apricots, dates, and raisins. Adding to their natural wholesomeness, most confectioners today use honey or sugar-free sweeteners to make them suitable for diabetic customers. Crunchy, chewy, and undoubtedly healthy, dry fruit or mewa laddus are also recommended during pregnancy. Buy mewa laddu online.
7. Khajur Laddu
Dates are a popular winter treat as they have heating properties beneficial to the body. Imported or Indian, ripe or dried, dates are used in numerous dishes and recipes – from chutney to jaggery, thekua to kheer. Needless to say, delectably sticky khajur laddus are quite a hit among lovers of both the fruit as well as laddus. Buy khajur laddu online.
8. Sunni Laddu
Travel to Andhra Pradesh in quest of laddus and you will inevitably be handed a plateful of sunnundalu or sunni laddu. These are basically laddus made with ground urad dal – a very popular South Indian sweet. Looking deceptively like besan laddu, it is considered an energy food because of high nutrients in the lentil as well as the addition of sugar and pure ghee or clarified butter. The grainy texture of this sweet treat is a hit among kids, and a festive delight for adults. Buy sunni laddu online.
9. Rawa Laddu
Another South Indian favourite, but enjoyed across the country, is the rawa laddu or rava urundai, which has semolina or suji for its core ingredient, along with sugar/jaggery and ghee. There are variations of this mithai that also call for coconut and/or milk. A festive must-have, Maharashtra is the go-to place for the best rawa laddus. Buy rawa laddu online.
10. Motichur Laddu
Special occasions, especially big fat Indian weddings, are incomplete without motichur laddus. These rich, sweet Rajasthani laddus are made with deep-fried boondi (made from gram flour) which are then soaked in sugar syrup and bonded with pure ghee. Soft to the touch with an attractive orange hue, these get consumed by the hundreds and thousands on any given occasion. Buy motichur laddu online.
11. Chocolate Laddu
Think of any food there is and you will definitely find a chocolate variation of it. It was not long before laddus and chocolate met to give us the best of both worlds. With addition of select dry fruits, such as crushed cashews or pistachio slivers for textural relief, these new-age laddus are perfect for those looking for desi desserts with a twist. Buy chocolate laddu online.
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