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Gluten-free Bajra ladoo

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Gluten-free Bajra ladoo is a winter favorite healthy sweet or energy bite. Made using gluten-free Pearl millet flour, processed free sugar, and a few more healthy ingredients. These ladoos are good for your evening snacks or your post-workout meal. 

Top view of Gluten-free Bajra ladoo served in a golden tray with some flowers on the side.
Bajra Ladoo.

I like to make different types of ladoos for my family. My son loves them. Especially this aate aur gond ke ladoo and this besan ladoo. Today I made this Bajra ladoo. One can shape them in the form of ladoos, or consume them as is in the form of Panjiri. 

Ingredients used in Bajra Ladoo

Bajra Flour

The main ingredient in this recipe is Bajra or Pearl millet flour. Try to use fresh bajra flour and not one which is very old.

What is Bajra?

Bajra or pearl millet is a type of millet that is best suited for harsh winters. It is a gluten-free grain rich in carbs, proteins, and fiber. It helps to keep the body warm during winter. Bajra is generally consumed along with ghee and jaggery for better absorption by the body. Another two essential ingredients of this recipe and again good during winter. 

Jaggery

For the sweetener, I have used jaggery. One can replace it with white or brown sugar or desi khand/muscovado sugar. 

Ghee

Ghee is added as the essential fat. It is used in the roasting of flour and even helps in the absorption of the bajra by your body. Ghee is another important ingredient and a must during winter for your bone health.

Gluten-free Pearl millet energy bites or truffles served in a golden tray with some flowers on the side.
Bajra Ladoo

One can simply make the ladoos from the above 3 ingredients, that is bajra flour, ghee, and jaggery. However, I have added a few more winter favorite ingredients. They are optional and one can skip them completely. However, they help your body keep warm. 

Ingredients for Bajra Ladoo.
Ingredients for Bajra Ladoo

Gond or Edible Gum

So the next ingredient I have added is gond or edible gum. Gaund is again believed to provide heat to your body during the harsh winters. One of the most common recipes is this Gond Atta Ladoo made by North Indians. I even like to add this edible gum due to the crunch it adds to the food. 

Sesame Seeds, Dry Ginger powder and Nuts

Next, I added sesame seeds, dry ginger powder, and nuts. All best to be consumed in winter for essential fats. Dry ginger powder also helps in digestion and prevents bloating.

Did you try Gul Poli or Tilgul Poli or Jaggery and Sesame seeds stuffed Indian flatbread, which is a flatbread stuffed with jaggery and sesame seeds and is good to be consumed during winter.

And before I move on to the recipe, if you are looking for more recipes with Bajra, try this Stuffed Bajra Paratha which is eaten with some ghee and jaggery.  One of my best winter foods, which I never liked as a kid, but now wish to have always. 

Gluten-free Pearl millet energy bites or truffles served in a golden tray with some flowers on the side.
Bajra Ladoo

I also like to make this Bajre ka Bhaat a one-pot gluten-free meal best during winter. Served piping hot, goes well with some ghee and papad. Another recipe that I make using Bajra is this cupboard snack bajre ki tikki. Typically fried, I have baked this in an oven to make it guilt-free

Top view of Gluten-free Bajra ladoo served in a golden tray with some flowers on the side.
Bajra Ladoo


I decided to share this recipe with our Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge where the theme of this month is Festive Recipes suggested by Priya Vijaykrishnan from Sweet Spicy Tasty. My partner for this month was Anu Kollon from Ente Thattukada who gave me Edible gum and Sesame seeds as the secret ingredients and I made these Gluten-Free Pearl millet ladoos.

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Gluten-free Pearl millet energy bites or truffles served in a golden tray with some flowers on the side.
Bajra Ladoo
Close up view of Bajra Ladoo served in a golden plate.

Gluten-free Bajra ladoo

Gluten-free Bajra ladoo is a winter favorite ladoos or energy bite, made using Pearl millet flour, jaggery, and ghee. Best for your evening snacks or your post-workout meal. 
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Shaping: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 Ladoo
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Equipment

Ingredients

  • Bajra – 1 cup
  • Jaggery – ¾ Cup
  • Ghee – ½ Cup
  • 1.5 tablespoon Gond
  • 1.5 tablespoons Sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Sonth Dry ginger powder
  • Chopped almonds and cashews ¼ Cup
  • ½ teaspoon Elaichi powder

Instructions

  • Powder the jaggery in a blender.
    Jaggery – ¾ Cup
  • If you have a big jaggery lump, first break it into pieces and then do a fine powder in a blender.
  • In a heavy bottom pot/pan/wok dry roast sesame seeds.
    1.5 tablespoons Sesame seeds
    Roasting Sesame Seeds.
  • Once it starts changing color remove it in a bowl.
  • Dry roast the nuts (Optional, but I always do this)
    Chopped almonds and cashews
    Roasting Almonds.
  • Keep the roasted sesame seeds and nuts aside.
    Roasted Almond and Sesame seed in Bowl.
  • In the same pot/pan/wok add ghee.
    Ghee – ½ Cup
    Melted Ghee in a pan.
  • Once warm, add 1-2 gond and check if it bubbles up.
    1.5 tablespoon Gond
    Add Edible Gum in ghee.
  • If yes add the remaining and let it all puff up.
    Cooking of Edible Gum or gond in ghee.
  • Once done remove it in a bowl.
    Puffed Up Edible Gum or gond.
  • In the same pan with ghee added add the bajra flour.
    Bajra – 1 cup
    Add Bajra Flour in Ghee.
  • On a slow roast, the bajra, stirring frequently.
  • The bajra needs to be roasted properly.
  • Cook it until the raw flavor goes and you get a nice aroma and it starts changing color slightly.
  • It should take around 20-25 minutes on slow. Do not do it fast or else you might burn the flour.
  • Add Dry ginger powder and mix everything.
  • Let it sit for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the powdered jaggery and mix.
    Jaggery – ¾ Cup
    Jaggery Added to bajra and ghee mixture.
  • The jaggery will eventually melt in the mixture.
    Jaggery Mixed with Bajra.
  • Add cardamom powder.
    ½ teaspoon Elaichi powder, 1 teaspoon Sonth
    Cardamom Powder added to Bajra and Ghee mixture.
  • Now add the remaining ingredients or transfer the jaggery and flour mixture in a bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients.
    Gond, Nuts, Sesame seeds added to mixture.
  • Mix everything uniformly. One can lightly crush the edible gum with the back of the spoon.
    The mixed Bajra Ladoo mixture.
  • Form ladoos while the mixture is still warm.
  • Take a lime size of mixture in your hand and press it between to form ladoos.
    Making of Ladoos.
  • shaped Ladoos.
  • If you find that the ladoos are not able to bind, add some warm ghee and try to bind again.
    Gluten-free Bajra ladoo served in a Blue and yellow plate.

Video

Notes

  • The ghee amount varies at times depending on the flour quality. Some flour absorbs more and some less.
  • One can make the same ladoo using jowar or ragi or any millet flour. Jowar flour is however best consumed during summer.
  • Jaggery can be replaced with other sweeteners. Read above.
 
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Sasmita Sahoo

Friday 27th of January 2023

These bajra laddoos are the perfect winter warmers. Looks irresistible and perfect for the festivities

Anu

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

I have heard people talking about this bajra ladoo with goondh, but I never tried to make myself. This detailed is very helpful and I am going to give it a try.

Priya Vj

Tuesday 24th of January 2023

Healthy and nutritious winter recipe using bajra.I have some bajra flour with me at home and the weather is also pretty chill here ,so I must definitely gear up myself and roll some lipsmacking bajra ladus

Jayashree T Rao

Tuesday 24th of January 2023

Bajra is a good winter treat and these ladoos are awesome. Loved this recipe, have a pack of flour. I will make it soon.

Preethi

Saturday 21st of January 2023

Bajra Lodoo looks irresistible. Adding Gond makes it even more nutritious. So perfect for the festivities especially during winters.