- Gram flour contains high protein and fiber which makes it ideal for weight loss. It helps to control cholesterol levels and reduce hypertension.
- It contains magnesium that helps to maintain blood pressure and prevents heart diseases.
- Iron and other minerals help prevent anemia and enhance metabolism.
- Ghee helps absorb nutrients and can improve the immune system as it contains antioxidants. It can also relieve digestion issues.
- Cashews contain healthy fats, protein and calcium which improves brain and bone health.
- It also has antioxidants and helps in the prevention of inflammation and other diseases.
- It is packed with minerals like magnesium and iron. It can help with reducing the risk of heart diseases, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and preventing anemia.
- Almonds are loaded with fiber, protein and healthy fats hence can be included in a healthy diet for weight loss.
- It has antioxidants that remove free radicals and prevent oxidative damage.
- It is rich in vitamin E which reduces the risk of heart problems, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
- Raisins are loaded with antioxidants that help fight cancer cells. The iron content is good for cardiovascular health.
- Cardamom powder can kill mouth bacteria and prevent bad breath.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps with digestion.
- Tirupati temple got its geographical indication tag (GI) for their laddu in the year 2014
- More than a fragrant, camphor is used in household remedies and traditional medicines to cure digestive issues, relieve cough and cold and prevent obesity and nerve disorders.
- Rock candy has been around for thousands of years. It is common in Chinese, Tamil and Sri Lankan cuisines. It is one of the prashads/offerings for god in Hindu culture.
- Edible camphor is popularly used in pongal, laddus and sweets prepared with khoa.
- Colored rock sugar in a stick, is a popular confectionery in many parts of the world.
- Tirumala Tirupati Laddu preparation kitchen has the capacity to prepare around 300,000 laddus a day with space for over six hundred people.
- Annamayya, a Telugu film portraying the life of Tallapaka Annamacharya was the highest-grossing film in the Telugu movie industry in the year 1997. It has also bagged many awards and was later dubbed in Hindi as well.
- Annamayya laddu can also be prepared by making the batter for boondi with gram flour and milk. It can also help enhance the taste.
Suggested consumable by age groups
- A significant quantity of one to two small-sized laddus can be consumed by all age groups.
Good times to eat:
- It can be eaten as an evening snack or as a dessert after lunch
Eat along with:
- It can be eaten as it is or alongside any Indian snacks
When not to eat or eat more often:
- People with diabetes should avoid
Story/History of recipe
Annamayya laddu is originally from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is similar to the globally known Thirumala Tirupati Prasad. The name Annamayya refers to Annamacharya, a Hindu saint and musician of the 15th century who sings the praise of Lord Venkateshwara the deity of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam located in Andhra Pradesh. It is prepared by rolling the sweetened boondi (besan droplets) with other crunchy ingredients into small balls. The preparation of sweet is simple and easy making it one of the common prashads/offerings in South India. The ingredients and delicious taste of the laddu make it an unforgettable and everyone’s favorite laddu.
Recipe Ingredients, Preparation Steps and Occasions Served
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- In a bowl add a cup of gram flour with two to three tablespoons of ghee and water if required and mix them well into a batter consistency.
- In a wide heavy-bottomed pan, add ghee as required for deep fry and let it melt.
- Once the ghee is heated, use a perforated surface and fry the boondi droplets
- Hold the perforated ladle above the pan and pour in the prepared batter on it.
- Gently tap the ladle and the batter will fall in as tiny droplets. You can rub the batter to and fro if needed.
- Stop when the pan is full and let it fry.
- Fry them until it turns light brown and remove them using a strainer and transfer it to a dry bowl.
- Continue the process for the remaining batter. Clean the ladle with water and dry it with a cloth if the batter has dried out and blocked the holes.
- Once the batter is done, in the same pan, fry cashews, almonds, and raisins separately and keep it aside.
- Meanwhile, in a different pan add one and a half cup of sugar and a quarter cup of water. Melt it into a sugar syrup. Keep stirring occasionally and switch off the flame when it is done.
- Transfer the fried balls of boondi to the sugar syrup. Soon the boondi will absorb the sugar syrup.
- Add fried cashews, almonds and raisins.
- Add rock candy, cardamom powder, edible camphor and mix all the contents.
- While mixing slightly smash them and add one or two tablespoons of ghee.
- Grease your palm with ghee as well and roll the prepared mixture into small-sized balls.
- Garnish with sliced almonds if preferred and it is ready to eat.
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