Ugadi special: Healthy coconut jaggery and chia seeds laddoo by Executive Chef JP Singh

This Ugadi special recipe by JP Singh, Executive Chef at The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru, gives you all the indulgence minus any guilt.
Skip the guilt this ugadi with these delicious and healthy laddoos by chef jp singh.
Skip the guilt this Ugadi with these delicious and healthy laddoos by Chef JP Singh.

One of the better things about India might just be the seemingly endless festivals. This time around, it’s Ugadi fun that’s right around the corner. Or Gudi Padwa as Maharashtrians know. 

It’s usually observed on the first day of Chaitra according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar. The name ‘Ugadi’ originated from two Sanskrit words, ‘Yuga’ and ‘Adi’, translating to new beginnings. It is believed that Ugadi was the first day of the creation of the universe. The festival is one of the more significant ones to be celebrated across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

While there’s plenty of cleaning and preparation involved, the joy of celebration is always worth it. As of course, is the food. One of the most important (and delicious!) dishes people look forward to during Ugadi is definitely the Ugadi Pachadi. The pachadi signifies all the six tastes – sweet, salty, spicy, sour, astringent and bitter. 

Chef jp singh, executive chef at the leela bhartiya city bengaluru.
Chef JP Singh, Executive Chef at The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru.

This Ugadi, however, The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru has an exciting new recipe up its sleeve. Desserts understandably  form an important part of the festival. However, they might not always be the healthiest option. So Executive Chef at The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru, JP Singh has whipped up some mouthwateringly good laddoos. 

The kicker being? It’s super healthy and can be gorged on guilt-free! Made with all natural ingredients like coconut, jaggery, and chia seeds, these Ugadi laddoos have got healthy written all over them. You can, of course, customise some of the ingredients to fit your palate. One thing’s for sure, you’re going to end up with a plate of ladoos you won’t be able to resist eating.

coconut jaggery and chia seeds laddoo recipe

Ingredients

  • 50 gm almonds
  • 50 gm cashew
  • 50 gm pistachio
  • 30 gm sunflower seeds
  • 10 gm chia seeds
  • 30 gm raisins
  • 100 gm dates
  • 20 gm ghee
  • 50 gm jaggery
  • 5 gms cardamom powder

Method

  • In a food processor blend the cashew, almonds and pistachio. Do not make fine powder; keep small chunks for a nutty crunch in the laddu. Reserve 2 tbsps. of the crushed nuts in a plate to coat them at the end.
  • Add in the chia seeds, chopped raisins and chopped seedless dates.
  • In a kadai, heat one teaspoon of ghee and add the coconut. Sauté for a minute. Now add the powdered jaggery and finely chopped nuts and seeds mixture. Mix it well.
  • Add 100 ml water and cook the mixture for 4-5 minutes in low flame.
  • Add cardamom powder, mix it and let the mixture rest for 5 minutes.
  • Make the laddoo balls and coat with reserved nuts mixture.

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