Of the few things that I enjoy eating, Moong Dal Laddu is one. In fact, all my childhood Diwalis meant Moong Dal Laddus! I used to wait excitedly for mom to fill the big steel drum with laddus and then the laddu count down would begin only to end a few days before Diwali. And mom wouldn’t mind redoing the drum-filling 😆
If you ask me if I shall bestow my children with such sweet Diwali moments, I am not sure I would. For one, I am yet to get inclined with such ‘mommy’ness and also, I feel guilty to infect the family blood with sugary sweetness. To put it sincerely, I often feel indecisive about choosing between health and taste. When we were kids, there were no big hypes about calorie intakes, weight issues, using sugar and ghee or cholesterol-rich foods. So it was relatively easier to cook all that the moms of the families desired. However, today, when I go to the super market, it has become a necessity to check food packets for their trans fat levels, MUFA, PUFA, …..uff!
Though I cannot compromise the little pleasures of the taste buds, I’ve discovered small kitchen secrets to ‘eat without guilt’. Here are a few:
- Replace large or medium-sized spoons in the sugar dabbas and oil dispensers with smaller ones. This is sure to cut, to a certain extent, the amount of sugar and oil that gets into our systems.
- Don’t stock more-than-necessary measure of sugar at home. The very thought that ‘there’s more inside’ will make us spend more.
- Be thrifty with how much of sweets you prepare. In general, we make extras of delicious dishes and try to over stuff ourselves beyond the feel-g-taste threshold.
- Be generous in distributing sweets. It’s nice to surprise your neighbours or invite a friend home to share the homemade sweets.
- Substitute sugar with jaggery or palm sugar or sugar-free additives. It might taste slightly different when you use such sugar substitutes for the first time but in a week’s time, you will feel alright.
Here’s my favourite Moong Dal Laddu (Pasi Paruppu Urundai) receipe, off course without sugar!
Moong Dal – 1 Cup
Sugar Free Natura – 1 Cup
Ghee (Melted) – 1/4 Cup
Cardamom – For taste
Cashwe nuts – Required
- Dry roast Moon Dal in a pan until it turns golden brown. Take care not to over burn. Let it cool.
- Grind the roasted Dal in a mixer to a fine powder.
- Grind sugar Free Natura with cardamom separately in a mixer.
- Mix the powdered Moong Dal and sugarfree well and sieve the mix to remove larger granules.
- Roast the cashew nuts in a spoon of ghee and add to the sieved powder.
- Melt ghee and add little by little to the powder.
- Make laddus while mixing the powder with ghee.
- Store in an air tight container in a dry place.
Moong Dal Laddu is a quick and an easy recipe and substituting sugar with sugar Free Natura should make it more healthy and delicious!