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|Place of origin||South Asia|
|Main ingredients||Flour, milk, sugar|
|Variations||Gram flour, rava|
|Other information||Served on festive or religious occasions|
Laddu or Laddoo are ball-shaped sweets popular in the Indian Subcontinent. Laddus are made of flour, minced dough and sugar with other ingredients that vary by recipe. They are often served at festive or religious occasions.
Common flours used for laddu include besan (chickpea flour), rava (wheat semolina) and ground coconut. These are combined with sugar and other flavorings, cooked in ghee and molded into a ball shape. Some laddu recipes are prepared using Ayurvedic medicinal ingredients, including methi laddu, multigrain and resin laddu.
Boondi laddu is made from boondi. It is often served in occasions like marriages, or festivals such as Raksha bandhan and Diwali. Motichoor laddu is made from fine boondi where the balls are tiny and is cooked with ghee or oil.
Besan is roasted in ghee till golden brown appearance with nutty fragrance. Then sugar is added to it. Pistachio pieces are also mixed in this mixture optionally. Sweet balls are then made from this mixture. It has a long shelf life.
It is often served at festivals, family events and religious occasions in India.
Laddu is often prepared for festivals or family events such as weddings and births, or given as a prasad at Hindu temples, especially Tirupati Venkateswara temple, Andhra Pradesh. Laddu is considered a traditional Eid dessert in some Muslim communities.
In Maharashtrian cuisine, there are traditional recipes for laddu intended as travel provisions.
In the Sesame Street episode "Rakhi Road", laddus are featured prominently as a favoured Indian dessert. Elmo is shown making laddus and enjoying eating them as part of the celebrations around the Indian festival of Rakhi.
- "Show Guide Landing". Sesame Street. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
- "6,300 kg Tapeswaram laddu creates record". The New Indian Expres. Express Network Private Limited. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
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