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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ellunda | Til-Gud Laddu | Sweet Sesame Balls

Sweet sesame balls or Ellunda is a popular snack in India.I used to munch loads of these in childhood days and now my kids love these too.These guilt free snack makes a great choice for kids snacks.The best part is that sesame seed contains many essential health benefiting minerals,anti oxidants and vitamins.Though they come in different colors-white ,yellow ,balck and red but I have seen only black and the white ones.I have used white here as I like its flavor more than the black ones but you can always use black ones to make these balls.It hardly requires any preparations ahead but the secret lies in getting the correct consistency of jaggery.Do give this healthy snack if you like it !!


Ingredients
sesame seeds 3 cups 
jaggery 2 large balls or 5-6 small cubes
water 1 cup
cardamom powder 1 tsp
salt a pinch



Method
  • Roast sesame seeds until it starts to pop over medium heat.It may take 5 minutes. 
  • Heat a pan,add jaggery and water.Make  a syrup consistency,switch off flame.Strain the impurities.
  • Then,re boil the jaggery syrup,cardamom powder and pinch of salt on medium heat.When the syrup reaches the soft crack stage(read notes below),switch off flame.Remove the pan from heat and toss in the roasted sesame seeds.
  • Mix it well,leave aside until its warm to touch or can bear the heat in palms.Now scoop out small balls of mixture and shape in balls.If its sticky use a little oil or ghee to grease your hands and then shape.If the jaggery becomes too dry,then reheat the mixture on very low flame just to warm up and repeat making balls with rest of the mixture.Place the balls on a plate and wait to cool.
  • Serve just like that or store in ziploc bags after cooling.


Servings~ 30 sesame balls

NOTES
*The staging is as follows-The one thread (230 degrees F)consistency is a familiar one with all;in which sugar forms one thread when pressed between thumb and index finger.After the one thread comsistency,keep stirring the jaggery to avoid burning at the bottom and keep flame on medium heat.Then is the second and third stage where there are two and three threads formation respectively when pressed between the fingers.After this is the soft ball stage,when a drop of sugar/jaggery put in cold water becomes a soft pliable ball.Then comes the hard ball stage,dripping a drop of sugar/jaggery in cold water forms a hard ball.(260 degrees F)Keep stirring to get the next final stage or soft crack stage(270 degrees F)-a drop of syrup in cold water becomes pliable non brittle thread when pulled.(At this stage the bubble formed are less)Any temperature below the soft crack stage will give you a chewy mittai and not the hard ones.It takes 45 seconds -1minute to attain the soft crack stage after the hard ball,so keep a watch closely.
(P.S.I didn't have a helping hand to click pics,so couldn't click the staging)

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22 comments:

Suchi Sm said... Best Blogger Tips

my favorite balls..

Meena Kumar said... Best Blogger Tips

Ooo ellunda looks yum. I just finished one set made the next but in brittle form what a coincidence !

remya sean said... Best Blogger Tips

bookmarking dear :) made several attempts n failed :(yours looking perfect....would like to attend a class from u :P

Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect snack.. so tasty and comforting snack

Full Scoops said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very delicious! Remember having this as a kid!

Shibi Thomas said... Best Blogger Tips

Its my favorite snack. I have to try these. I always buy these from Indian store. My Mom used to make these when we were small, missed that homemade Ellunda.

anusha praveen said... Best Blogger Tips

I never am able to click pics of those finicky string stages I so agree with you. I miss eating these julie we don't get them here where we live beautiful pics

Jayanthi Sindhiya said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow sesame balls looks perfect,superb,nailed to perfection

Kalpana Sareesh said... Best Blogger Tips

yummy!!

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

I love ellundas as well... wish you could parcel me some now... :)

The Yogi Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

One of my favourite sweets- packed with goodness and tastes awesome too, thanks :)

Sona S said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfectly made yummy ellunda!

Jasna Varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

What can I use instead of jaggery? They look very inviting!

Amrita Roy said... Best Blogger Tips

perfectly prepared sesame balls

Linsy Patel said... Best Blogger Tips

we make this on 14th jan for sankranti, love this anytime though

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jasna Varcakovic Jasna,I think you can make sesame brittle using honey and sugar but am not sure if you can make balls out of that.

Marisa G said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful snack, but difficult. I didn't know that sesame seres can be yellow and red. What' s does jaggery mean?. Cheers.

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite snack,love the clicks,beautiful.

Shweet Spicess said... Best Blogger Tips

I so much feel like making this at home but no idea what stops me, Lovely balls would like to pop in some :D

Ree Kasirajh said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy balls

beena stephen said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum yummy

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Marisa GMarisa,Jaggery is a traditional non centrifugal cane sugar,a concentrated product of dates,cane juice or palm sap without separation of molasses and crystals.Mainly used in Asian and African countries.