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

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

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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