Murmura LadooThey're crunchy, crisp, light, delicious and most of all - easy. Prepared with puffed rice, Murmura Laddus are readied within minutes.
3 cups murmura/puffed rice, 60 grams (i have used puffed rice murmura here and not puffed flattened rice)
½ cup packed grated/powdered jaggery, 120 grams
¼ cup roasted gram/bhuna hua chana, 25 grams
¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
4 tablespoons of water
first grate/powder the jaggery, powder the cardamom and keep them ready.
keep your pans ready. this will make the process super simple. i used one pot to melt the jaggery, drained the cleaned jaggery into another pot. two separate pans - one to dry roast the murmura/puffed rice, another to heat the cleaned jaggery and making ladoos. (instead you can use the same pan to roast and later to heat jaggery) keep a small bowl of water ready. this is for checking the thickness of the syrup.
now, on medium heat dry roast 3 cups of murmura/puffed rice for 1 to 2 minutes, so that it crisps up. keep this aside or transfer to another bowl.
to a separate pot, add ½ cup of grated/powdered jaggery and 4 tablespoons of water.
heat this until with constant stirring all the jaggery melts and gets mixed with the water. turn off the heat.
now, pass the melted jaggery through a sieve to remove impurities. collect the clean melted jaggery in another pot/container.
now, pour this clean jaggery mixture into a pan and heat. keep stirring the mixture.
add cardamom powder and continue to stir.
after a couple of minutes, if you hold up the ladle with drops of the syrup falling back into the pan, the last drop should form a sort of string as it falls. keep checking the thickness as the syrup heats.
to ascertain the thickness of the syrup, add a couple of drops into a bowl of water. the droplets should not dissolve into the water.
you should be able to pick up the drop which will form a soft pliable ball. this is the right consistency.
now, pour this prepared syrup into the murmura/puffed rice. (instead you can reduce the heat and add murmura/puffed rice into the prepared syrup.
add roasted gram, mix everything very well using a spatula.
the ladoos have to be prepared when the mixture is still hot, otherwise the mixture will harden and making ladoos will be difficult.
wet your palms slightly with water, pick up a portion of the prepared mixture and form ladoos by pressing gently between your palms and giving it a spherical shape.
prepare ladoos with the rest of the mixture in the same manner.
if towards the end the mixture becomes too hard, put the pan back on gentle heat for a few seconds. this will loosen the mixture allowing ladoo formation.
serve murmura ladoos as offering to god or serve as a snack.
A yummy dessert that is a heavenly combination of cheesecake and apple pie. It has the crispy crust of a pie with the soft, melt-in-your-mouth consistency of a cheesecake making it the ultimate dessert!