Sweet Pongal is traditionally prepared using jaggery as a sweetener. In this recipe, I have replaced jaggery with low glycemic natural sweetener Vayal Foods Palm Candy (Panakarkandu). Palm Candy is low in glycemic index so its good for people with diabetics and pcos. Palm Candy is rich in nutrients and it is used to treat cold and cough which makes a great replacement for refined sugar.
1 cup whole Finger Millet (Ragi)
1/2 cup black sesame seeds
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup cashews
3/4 cup jaggery powder
2 cloves of cardamom
1-2 table spoons of Ghee
1/4 cup coconut (optional)
- Grind the whole ragi in the mixie to a fine powder
- In a large pan, add 1 spoon of ghee and roast the ragi in low-med flame till aroma comes. Then transfer to the large jar mixie
- Dry roast the groundnuts & cashews & add to the mixie. (you may choose to remove the skin or leave it)
- Dry roast sesame seeds till it splutters & add to the mixie.
- Dry roast coconut and add to the mixie.
- Powder and add the cardamoms.
- Now while the contents are still warm, add the jaggery powder directly in the mixie
- Grind the mixture in pulse mode until the mixture is sticky enough to make shapes. You can add 1-2 spoons of ghee while grinding if the mixture is too dry to form shapes.
- Now use any mold to create bite size laddoos or use your hand to make small balls.
- Store in a dry, cool place for 10 days.
- Good source of fiber, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B etc.
- Has anti-aging properties, boosts skin health, boosts digestion & more
- Take the ladoos in moderation in summer as sesame generates heat in the body (ideal for winter)
- One may add more healthy ingredients like Flax Seeds, Chia seeds, Dates, Almonds, Pistachio etc.