Dhaniya (coriander) laddoo, also known as coriander seed balls, is a traditional Indian sweet that’s often made during post-pregnancy, as it’s believed to have medicinal properties that help in recovery. It’s also enjoyed simply as a tasty and healthy treat. Here’s how to make Dhaniya Laddoo:
- Dhaniya (Coriander seeds) powder – 1 cup
- Ghee (clarified butter) – ½ cup
- Jaggery or brown sugar – ¾ cup (you can adjust based on your sweetness preference)
- Desiccated coconut – ¼ cup (optional)
- Almonds – 10 to 12, finely chopped
- Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
- Edible gum (gond) – 1 tbsp (optional)
- Roasting Dhaniya Powder: In a heavy-bottomed pan, dry roast the dhaniya (coriander) powder on low flame until it turns aromatic and slightly brown. Ensure you roast on low flame to prevent it from burning. Once roasted, transfer it to a bowl and let it cool down.
- Preparing Ghee and Gond (if using): In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp of ghee and roast the edible gum until it puffs up. Remove and keep it aside.
- Roasting Almonds: In the remaining ghee, roast the finely chopped almonds until they turn golden brown.
- Making Jaggery Syrup: In a separate pan, melt the jaggery with a little water to make a syrup. To check if the syrup is ready, pour a few drops into a bowl of water. It should form a ball and not dissolve, which means it’s ready.
- Mixing: In a large mixing bowl, combine the roasted dhaniya powder, roasted almonds, puffed gond, cardamom powder, and desiccated coconut (if using). Mix everything well.
- Binding Laddoos: Pour the jaggery syrup into this mixture and mix quickly. Once the mixture is warm enough to handle (but not too cool), start making laddoos by taking small portions of the mixture and forming them into round balls.
- Let the laddoos cool down completely before storing them in an airtight container. They can be stored for up to two weeks.
Note: Dhaniya laddoo is believed to be nutritious and has a unique flavor due to the roasted coriander seeds. The jaggery adds sweetness and additional health benefits, while ghee contributes to the rich taste.
Enjoy your homemade Dhaniya Laddoos with a cup of warm milk or as a mid-day treat!