Monday, November 18, 2013

Peanut laddoos (Kadalai urundai)

It has been a real long time since I posted anything in this space.  In the past three years, I had few other things to attend to and now it is blog-time again.  I will persevere to be reasonably regular.  Attempting to pen down a recipe in this space after three years was not easy.  What used to be a routine activity, has been taking forever.  Also I had struggled to capture tolerable snaps of food.  I’m sure I would improve with more posts. Now, over to today’s recipe.

These laddoos were made for Karthikai Deepam (Karthik Purnima).  I am not quoting any specific reference for this recipe since it is borrowed from so many sources.  But the below is the recipe I would go to the next time I would be making this.

Ingredients (makes 12 laddoos)

Peanuts (roasted, skinned and measured): 1 and ¼ cup
Jaggery (paagu vellam): ½ cup (heaped)
Dry ginger powder: ¼ tsp (optional)
Elaichi powder: ¼ tsp (optional)
Water: 1/4 cup
Ghee or rice flour (for dusting)


  • Heat a kadai.  Dry roast the peanuts till they turn brown for about 7-8 minutes.  Once cool, peel and then measure them.
  • Powder the jaggery.  Now start making the jaggery syrup.  Add the jaggery and water.  Once all the jaggery melts, filter the syrup if you have to. Let the syrup reach a hard ball consistency.  I had to wait quite some time for it.  There is enough tutorial on google talking how to identify if this consistency has been attained. 
  • Once this is reached, quickly add the peanuts to it and mix vigorously.
  • Start making small-sized balls.  Do not strive to make perfectly round balls at this stage.  Rough ones will do.  Fine-tuning can be done later.
  • If the syrup thickens, mildly heat up the kadai, for about 20-30 seconds.  The jaggery will loosen and would facilitate making the balls.
  • Finish with the remaining peanut-jaggery mixture.
  • Now go back to the balls and fine-tune them. 
  • Kadalai urundai is ready to be devoured!



  1. Hi Shobu!
    Great to see you here with recipies again!
    Keep it up!
    Wish you ALL the BEST!
    Love, Mummy.

  2. Hi Shoby

    Very Happy to see you back again, All the Best :-)

    Love, Nimmi & Family :-)



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