Diwali special: Make healthy laddoos for your family with some inspiration from The Almond Board of California

Give this delicious treats a try at home!

author_img Sonali S Published :  26th October 2019 12:40 PM   |   Published :   |  26th October 2019 12:40 PM

Almond and goji berry boondi laddoo


Almond and goji berry boondi laddoo

Serves:  4 people (2 boondi laddoos each)


Ingredients                                                        Quantity

For ladoo batter

Besan                                                                    1 ½ cup

Water                                                                   1 cup


Cardamom powder                                         ½ tsp

Roasted Almond slivers                                 ¼ cup

Goji berry                                                            3 tbsp

Ghee                                                                     ¾ tbsp.

Sunflower oil                                                      for deep frying


For the Sugar Syrup

Sugar                                                                     1 ½ cup

Water                                                                   ¾ cup

Saffron strands                                                 a pinch



●        Take sugar, saffron strands and water in a pan, and put it over low flame. Cook the syrup till a single string consistency is achieved. Keep the sugar syrup hot.

●        Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pan.

●        Mix besan, cardamom powder together and add water to it to form a batter.

●        To check the consistency of the boondi batter drop a few droplets of the better in hot oil, if it becomes flat, the batter is thin and if it has peaks, the batter is thick.

●        To make the batter thick add some more besan and to make the batter thin add some water.

●        To make boondi, hold a perforated ladle over hot oil, using a spoon spread the boondi batter over the perforated spoon; make sure that the perforated spoon and the pan don’t have much height between them or else the boondis will not be round.

●        Do not over fry the boondi and do not crisp it.

●        Remove them from oil once the oil stops to sizzle and put it in the sugar syrup. Strain the boondi from the syrup.

●        Mix the boondi with almond slivers and goji berries and add around a tbsp of ghee for the binding.

●        Make golf-sized roundels and shape them. Use ghee so the mixture does not stick on hands.


Nutritional Analysis




45.9 gm

Total fat

44.7 gm

Saturated Fats

5.8 gm

Monounsaturated Fats

19.6 gm

Polyunsaturated Fats

10.4 gm


499.2 gm


23.1 gm


9.9 mg


98.4 mg


236.1 mg


363.5 mg


1869.5 mg

Vitamin E

14.4 mg




Almond and carrot halwa crumble

Ingredients                                                    Quantity

For Carrot

Carrot                                                               ½ kg

Full cream milk                                                 ½ litre

Sugar                                                                 ½ cup

Cardamom (powdered)                                 4 nos.

Ghee                                                                 2 tbsp

Almonds (blanched)                                        ¼ cup

For crumble

All- purpose flour                                         ¾ cup

Butter (unsalted)                                         ½ cup

Sugar                                                               ½ cup

Ground almonds                                          ½ cup



• In a pan, add milk and carrots together and keep on cooking till the milk reduces to 3/4th.

• Add cardamom powder, ghee, and sugar to it. Mix it well.

• Add the sliced, blanched almonds and mix well.

• For the crumble, rub the flour, butter, sugar and ground almonds together, till it resembles breadcrumbs.

• Bake the crumble at 180°C till the colour turns golden brown.

• Serve the gajar halwa with crumble and roasted almonds.


Nutritional Analysis




65.5 gm

Total fat

216.2 gm

Saturated Fats

77.6 gm

Monounsaturated Fats

63.9 gm

Polyunsaturated Fats

22.6 gm


373.9 gm


43.2 gm


306 mg


359.4 mg


1141.8 mg


633.9 mg


3329.5 mg

Vitamin E

39.7 mg