Malai Ladoo & Celebrating New Beginnings

malai ladoo recipe{A sweet treat is a must for any holiday – my recipe for Malai Ladoo is below}

Today is Ganesh Chathurti, one of my favourite holidays of the year (okay, let’s be honest they are all my favourites!) Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the elephant headed god – Ganesha. There’s something so endearing and adorable about this ‘rolly-polly’ deva that he’s always been more of a friend or confidante than a ‘god’ to me. In fact, I tell my kids that they can share their secrets with Ganesha before going to bed at night and he’ll hide them in his belly. I have no idea where that idea came to me from, but it really works when they are anxious or nervous.

inkquisitive{Absolutely love this image of Ganeshji by Inquisitive Illustration}

Ganesha is the remover of obstacles and the god of beginnings, so he is worshiped at the start of any rituals and ceremonies. The other night I was thinking about the role that Ganesha plays in any pooja or event, and other Indian tradition of; mitha shagun. Whenever Indians start a new project, create a new relationship, or even leave home for a journey we tend to eat something sweet to bring good luck – I guess we take new beginnings very seriously!

So in honour of Ganesh Chaturthi, and new beginnings with Tea India (we are working on a fun video project that will launch the week of September 8th), and my love of Indian mithai – I’ve doctored up a simple 20 minute recipe that anyone can make. If you don’t really celebrate the festival at home, you can still whip up a batch of these malai ladoo with your kids and have a conversation about Ganesha…he’s also the god of wisdom and intellect so back to school is the perfect time to introduce him!

Malai Ladoo with a touch of Cardamom Chai

malai ladoo recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup grated paneer {I use Nanak’s fresh paneer and grate it myself}
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1-2 drops rose water
1 tsp Tea India Cardamom Chai Moments powder {If you absolutely can’t find this you can use elachi powder, but I love the flavouring from the chai mix}

Yield: 6-8 ladoos depending on the size

Steps:
1. Mash the grated paneer with your palm until it becomes creamy and soft.

malai ladoo recipe

2. Add the mashed paneer and condensed milk to a hot pan and combine. Drop the heat to low/medium and stir continuously until the paneer and milk are completely combined and start to pull away from the sides of the pan. (About 8-10 minutes).

3. Add 1-2 drops high quality rosewater (you can see how I make mine here), and Cardamom Chai Moments powder and mix. 

4. Cool the mixture a little. Make ladoo balls and top with a strand or two of saffron if you like.

malai ladoo recipe

{Of course there will be leftover chai in the package you can enjoy with the malai ladoo!}

tea india chai moments

Simple, delicious, and festive! I hope you’ll try this malai ladoo recipe and let me know what you think. 

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