According to Wikipedia about Churma ladoo recipe
Churma Ladoo Recipe is a popular Haryanvi, Rajasthani, Bihari, Uttar Pradesh and Awadhi delicacy. It is coarsely ground wheat crushed and cooked with ghee and sugar. Rajasthani churma recipe is very popular and traditionally it is made by mashing up bajri or wheat flour baatis or rotis in ghee and jaggery.
In Rajasthan it is usually served with dal baati recipe. It is usually high in calories.
According to Vinipedia
Earthy and divine! Wheat balls crushed, sweetened and bathed with ghee! Churma Ladoo Recipe, a must preparation at my place on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi… You can also go through boondi ladoo recipe.
Let’s talk about this Churma Ladoo recipe
I was new in Jaipur. One fine day, I started off as any other day, however knowing its Ganesh Chaturthi I said some special prayers (those days this was all that I used to do on this occasion) and went for work. At lunchtime I was so surprised to see that every lunch box had dal baati Churma. Yes in Jaipur every household makes dal baati Churma for bhog. I reached home late but was keen to make at least churma ke laddu, if not dal baati. I called up my friend and asked her how to make Churma? The recipe that follows was given to me by her.
Well, there are many versions of Churma ladoo recipe step by step. I had prepared the baatis for Churma in the tandoor. You can also deep fry them or bake them. Further, you can use gram flour (besan) instead of whole wheat flour to make Churma laddu. I like my Churma/Churma ladoos plain. But for bhog (to please Gannu) I added dry fruits. They are optional. You can also flavour the Churma with any fruit pulp and essence, gulkand and so on. I personally like the Churma plain…it brings the earthiness, that is the thing I love about Tasty Churma.
It’s completely optional to bind the Churma into ladoos. You can keep it as it is or bind into ladoos. However, ladoos ask for more ghee.
The Beauty (the good thing about this recipe)
According to me, (I know this section is not Vinipedia… but am taking the liberty and giving my take again) Churma is positivity and happiness. In my house I prepare dal baati very often, but Churma is something I make only for Ganesh Chaturthi. So I feel very differently about it. This is something I am making for Ganpati… my Gannu.
Generally speaking, Churma is a dessert prepared with very simple and less ingredients. It’s very easy to make. A dish that is sure to please the God of Masses, Ganesha.
And the Beast (the difficult part about this recipe)
According to me, you make anything for bhog and there will be nothing difficult or wrong about it.
Generally speaking, at times the Churma,
- Might become too dry
- Might remain gooey
- Might not bind into ladoos
Experience and experiments (tips and tricks)
- Do not over-cook / under-cook the baatis
- Add melted ghee to the Churma to bind it into ladoos
Let’s just talk:
It’s Ganesh Chaturthi. On such occasions I like to narrate some stories to my kids, so that they (I know the word “they” doesn’t include me but in this statement the word “they” includes me. I know in that case I should have written “we”… but I let’s keep it “they”) know a little about the Indian mythology, which is so vast and interesting. When I googled the stories of Ganesha, there were so many of them. I chose the following for my kids and you would come to know the reason of selection when you read the story. So it’s story time now…
Lord Ganesh and Karthikeya Story:
Ganesha is the first son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is considered as the “First God” in Hindu mythology.
One day Ganesha and his younger brother Karthikeya were playing. They received a special fruit from the gods. Being kids, they were not ready to share the fruit.
- Their parents, Lord Shiva and Parvati said that the first one who comes around the world thrice, would get this fruit of immortality and supreme knowledge.
- Karthikeya climbed on his peacock at once and set off, to win the fruit.
- Ganesha was worried about winning the race as he had a stout appearance and his vehicle the Mouse does not have wings!
- Later, he took a decision based on his wisdom and asked the permission of his parents to revolve around them thrice as he felt that his parents were his universe.
- Ganesha won the race and the fruit.
This story of Ganesha has two morals.
- Use of wisdom at the right time and right place.
- Respect your parents; there can be no one as important as them in your life!
CHURMA LADOO RECIPE
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
INGREDIENTS FOR CHURMA LADOO
- 1 cup wheat flour (aata)
- 1/4 cup semolina (sooji)
- 1/4 cup + 4 tbsp ghee
- Milk as required
- 1/4 cup bhoora/powdered sugar
- 10 almonds finely chopped
- 10 pistachios finely chopped finely chopped
- 6 cardamoms de-skinned and powdered
- Handful of chopped nuts for garnishing
HOW TO MAKE CHURMA LADOO FOR GANESH CHATURTHI
- In a bowl add 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup semolina and 1/4 cup ghee.
Use milk to make the dough.
Make the semi-stiff dough.
Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, re-punch the dough.
Make balls and flatten them.
Heat the tandoor. You can also deep fry them or bake them at 200 degrees for 10 minutes on each side.
Place the prepared baatis in the hot tandoor.
Cook on low flame.
Cook till the baatis turn golden brown. Flip and cook from the other side too.
Let them cool. Once they cool, break them into pieces.
Grind into a coarse powder.
Pass through a colander.
The texture should be as sand.
Also, pass 1/4 cup bhoora through the colander and add to the powdered baatis.
Add 10 chopped almonds, 10 chopped pistachios and 6 cardamoms de-skinned and powdered.
- Add 4 tbsp ghee.
- Bind into ladoos. Add more ghee as required.
- Bon appetite.
Make it for bhog to the Lord.
I too make it for my Gannu along-with dal baati.
“Don’t tell Ganesha how big your problems are. Tell your problems how big your Ganesha is”