Sweets are such an important part of any celebration in India. My family loves sweet. Diwali is the time I try to make lot of our favorites. Last year for Diwali, we made an array of sweets like the usual ritual. Both the kids (N&N) look forward for the sweets during this festival. I made these kaju ladoo stuffed them with dates and nut mixture. They need very simple ingredients mostly in your pantry and can be made with lil effort. I normally get the ladoo dough ready and make it a family activity to stuff and roll into ladoo/balls. Love the recipes that can be turned in to a family activity.
ghee 1/4 cup
milk 3/4 cup
milk powder 1 3/4 cup
cashew powder 1/2 cup
sugar 1/2 cup
cardamom powder 1/4 tsp
crushed saffron strands 1/2 tsp
water 2 tsp
melted ghee 1 tsp
pistachio 1/4 cup
almond 1/4 cup
Soak crushed saffron strands in water and set aside.
In a large pan, add in ghee and milk.
On low flame, add in milk powder, sugar and cashew powder.
Mix well and continue to stir on low, so that no lumps are formed and sugar dissolves completely.
Keep stirring on low till milk thickens and forms the dough. Note: took about 10-12 mins for the dough to form
Add the soaked saffron strands with water, mix well and continue to cook till the dough separates from the pan.
Transfer the dough to a glass container, let it come to room temperature and refrigerate for 30 mins.
Grind the dates and then transfer it to a bowl.
Next grind the nuts coarsely.
Mix in the coarsely ground nuts into the dates using 1 tsp of melted ghee.
Set this aside.
stuffing and shaping the ladoo
Take small portions of this dough, make a small cup like shape, stuff it with 1 tsp of stuffing mixture.
Bring the edges together to cover the stuffing and shape like a ball.
Note: it can be served as a whole ladoo or cut it in half.