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A Date with Sunflower Seeds – Baked Healthy Ladoos

26 October 2010 52 Comments

wholewheat flour & sunflower delight

Come festival season and all the shops get decked up in new attire, lighting, posters and various gimmicks to attract customers. The most active participants during this time are the sweet sellers. The colorful and attractive array of sweets in the shops are tempting enough to give a try.

Most of the sweets in the shops may not confer to the quality of the ingredients used in it, due to the mere quantity and demand of such goodies. For the same reason I wanted to give a slight healthy twist to this traditional sweet recipe which is almost synonym to Rajasthan.

Churma Laddoo is an integral part of welcoming any guest in Rajasthan. I bake the wholewheat flour balls instead of the normal practice of deep frying them in ghee.

The Sunflower seeds in the recipe gives a nutty flavor as well as extra nutrition to these healthy churma laddoos.

wholewheat flour & sunflower delight


  • 2 cups of Wholewheat Flour
  • 1 cup of Jaggary or sugar
  • 1 tsp. of Cardamom powder
  • 1/4 cup of Sunflower seeds
  • A few Almonds or badams
  • 3-4 tsp. of Ghee or Clarified butter
  • 4-5 tsp. of water or milk
  • A pinch of salt

wholewheat flour & sunflower delight

Method: Take a big vessel and add the wholewheat flour in it. Mix in the water or milk in the flour and knead it into a hard dough.

Brush the wholewheat balls with ghee and bake them at 200°C for 20 minutes or till they turn to golden brown in color.
wholewheat flour & sunflower delight

Take the wholewheat balls out from the oven and break them into coarse powder.

wholewheat flour & sunflower delight

In the above coarse wholewheat flour mix add jaggary or sugar, salt, cardamom powder, almonds, sunflower seeds and the remaining ghee.
wholewheat flour & sunflower delight

Grind the whole mixture in a coarse powder. Make small balls from this mix and store them in an air tight container.
wholewheat flour & sunflower delight

Use wet hands if you find it difficult to make the rounds from the above mix. This wholewheat laddoos stays good for several days.

These wholewheat and sunflower delights are healthy and delicious for any day and you need not wait for festivals to devour them.


  • You can include or exclude the sunflower seeds if you wish so. It will change the health equation without changing the taste parameter.
  • For more indulgence, deep fry the wholewheat flour balls in ghee and the proceed to the above method to make the sweet.
  • Pumpkin and cucumber seeds can also be added for extra nutrition.
  • It will be a great idea to include this into your kids’ snack box.
  • Stays good for several days as there is no water content in the recipe.
  • Cover the laddoos with silver foils for more exotic look.
  • Pack these wholewheat delights, healthy Churma laddoos in a fancy box and send a gift to your friends or loved ones for a sweet surprise.


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  • Nishi said:

    Excellent recipe sanjeeta. The idea of baking the laddus makes it all the more appealing 🙂

  • Ekta said:

    wow di..superb recipe..hats off to u 🙂

  • chaitrali said:

    excellent and delicious

  • anuradha mandapaka said:

    Lovely recipe! I am sure I cn make it with Sugarfree Natura, as I make with all other sweets. Let me try and tell u, I loved the ragi sweet too! keep up tdhe healthy work!

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    Thanks Anuradha for liking it, yes you can make it with sugar free also.

  • nisha said:

    wow so many ideas..great

  • Angie's Recipes said:

    These are new to me…they make a great after-school snack!

  • Julie M. said:

    This is a wonderful recipe. And you’re right, it would be a great addition to the boy’s lunch box. I’m definitely bookmarking this one to try!

  • Jyothi Mcminn said:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. sounds so easy yet healthy. all the best.

  • smita said:

    Love the recipe . Simply love the baking idea . Bookmarking it for the festival time 🙂 🙂

  • Premalatha Aravindhan said:

    wow they luks too gud,wounderful pics…

  • El said:

    I’ve never seen this dessert before. So tasty!

  • matt gordon said:

    brilliant. love the walk through pictures also. cardamon and sunflower seeds is a combo i have not though of. looks like i need to make a rice pudding with it soon.
    have a great day

  • Mia said:

    Oh i wud love to walk the walks of Rajasthan and be welcomed with these delicious bites!!
    i love ur healthy take on a traditional delight!

  • Faith said:

    What a tasty treat! I love teh addition of sunflower seeds for the delicious, nutty flavor!

  • Apu said:

    These looks amazing. My gran made a similar recipe. I’ll blog about it soon.

  • kairali sisters said:

    I love sunflower seeds and this is such an innovation sanjeeta ..

  • SinfullySpicy said:

    The idea of coating churma with sunflower seeds absolutely rocks..they look tempting:)

  • satya said:

    ladoos looks super n healthy …thanks for sharing dear

  • Jayasree said:

    I have always wanted to try choorma laddoo (I have an inclination for jaggery), but the deep frying part puts me off. Great idea to bake them. Loved the addition of sunflower seeds too. Thanks for a healthy recipe.

  • torviewtoronto said:

    delicious snack lovely step by step pictures

  • Swathi said:


    Nice way of making churma laddoo I love the way you backed. I will try it.Addition of sunflower seeds make it healthy. I prefer my will be plain.

  • Suja Sugathan said:

    Healthy recipe Sangeetha..excellent.

  • sayantani said:

    awsome work….looks so perfect.

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    What a great idea! I use sunflower seeds a lot in salads, patties and pestos, they are so healthy and delicious!

  • Dimah said:

    This looks and sounds really good. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  • Priya said:

    Healthy laddoos, adding sunflower seeds sounds very interesting and wonderful..

  • RV @ foodfor7stages said:

    Me loves the idea of making laddoos with sunflower seeds.

  • pigpigscorner said:

    Healthy and delicious! Love the cardamom in this, must be so fragrant!

  • rebecca said:

    love laddoos yummy

  • Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said:

    I adore sunflower seeds alone – more in that recipe combined with almonds and cardamom 🙂



  • Krishnaveni said:

    mmmmmm…..healthy treat, lovely

  • Karen said:

    Love the flavors here…sunflower seeds are so good. These look delicious! Great post.

  • Sommer@ASP said:

    I have a big block of jaggery and was wondering what to do with it!

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice said:

    I think the sunflower seeds give it extra flavor. This will make a tasty snack.

  • G.Pavani said:

    yummy n healthy laddos..

  • Rosa said:

    A great healthy treat! Those energy-ladden balls of goodness must be delicious.



  • Sara said:

    You always make such healthy & delicious recipes! Lovely Recipe!

  • Soma said:

    This is a lovely twist to churma ka laddu. Churma laddu is an integral part of our life as A is from Jaipur. we all love it, and I love this version.

  • Joanne said:

    I love infusing healthy ingredients into dessert. It always makes me feel better about eating it. Delicious!

  • Pachecopatty said:

    These must have such a vivid flavor, they look beautiful. I love cardamom and the addition of sunflower seeds:)

  • Jagruti said:

    Superb and innovative ladoos..like your pics !

  • Pushpa said:

    Crunchy delicious ladoos..

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

  • Reeni said:

    What delicious little bites! Love that you made them healthier too!

  • Joyti said:

    Wow, what a great idea…this looks like a tasty and innovative dessert or snack 🙂

  • peachkins said:

    it looks really delicious..

  • Sarah, Maison Cupcake said:

    I really like the look of these, I keep meaning to experiment with Indian style sweets and desserts.

  • Peggy said:

    I definitely love the fact that you baked these instead of fried them! I bet they were delicious!

  • coolblogger said:

    perfect 4 diwali!

  • FOODESSA said:

    Sanjeeta…What a great treat and thanks for not frying them ;o)

    I’ve just bookmarked this recipe…gotta make these!

    Flavourful wishes,

  • latha said:

    hi sanjeetha, today only i saw the receipe easy to do i will try and let u know bye latha

  • Hannah said:

    Oh my heavens. I’m in love. I adore seeds, and jaggery, and have lately become obsessed with cardamom. Am definitely going to make these in the coming weeks!

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