by Kyla Vialva
Ingredients for ladoo
On the festival of lights - Diwali - preparing delicious sweets is a very old tradition. People indulge themselves in making lip smacking sweets, to serve them to their guests and exchange as gifts. Ladoo is a very popular Indian sweet (in Trinidad & Tobago), which has a number of variety.
4 cups of split peas or chick peas powder
1 cup butter or Ghee
2 cups sugar
12-15 almonds (optional)
12-15 cashews (optional)
Put a non stick frying pan on the stove with a medium fire. Add the Ghee or butter to the frying pan and then the split or chick peas powder. Continuously mix in the split peas powder into the butter. The split peas is now being roasted.
The split peas powder with eventually absorb the butter. You will notice that the colour will change from a sand colour to golden brown. There will be a strong aroma in your kitchen, of this roasted slit peas powder. The consistence of the split peas powder will change to a paste consistency.
This recipe lists cashew and almonds nuts but this is optional if you are going to serve your Ladoo to family and friends who are allergic to nuts. If you are adding the nuts, finely grind them and add to the split peas powder 15 minutes into the roasting process. Continue mixing. The roasting process takes approximately 20-25 minutes.
Remove the roasted split peas powder now a paste from the frying pan and transfer to a plate. Spread out the mixture on the plate, doing so will allow the mixture to cool faster. After the mixture has cooled, transfer to a mixing bowl and add the sugar. You can use a spoon or just your hands to mix in the sugar into the roasted split peas.
Put up a small bit of the mixture (about a tablespoon) into your hand and roll into a ball. Continue this step until all the mixture has been used up. Enjoy!