Badam Laddu | Almond Ladoo

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When it comes to choosing one nut over the others, I will always opt for almonds or badam. I really love them because they are versatile, and also packed with health benefits. Here’s a Badam Laddu recipe which is super easy, quick and ultra-scrumptious. With badam and other elements few, make this Almond Ladoo, which is something delish and new! Next time you have bag full of almonds, use it for making these ladoo with minimal ingredients.

badam ladoo served in a blue rimmed rectangular shallow plate with text layover.

About Badam Laddu

Here’s what this recipe of Badam Laddu simply is – roasting, grinding and shaping. Yes, with just 4 ingredients, follow this procedure and make lovely ladoos within 20 minutes. That’s quite fast, right? These ladoos make for a healthy sweet snack for kids and adults alike.

I have roasted the almonds for this Badam Ladoo recipe, you can even blanch and then roast them. Roasting is definitely a quicker option as blanching and peeling every single almond will take some good time.

Badam has a warming effect on the body. So, these ladoos are great during winters as well as monsoons. Some of my other winter favorite sweets are Badam Halwa, Dry Fruits Ladoo, Atta Ladoo and Gond Ke Laddu.

You can make ladoo for your family by roasting and grinding other nuts and seeds as well. It is also a good way of not having to add any extra ghee, oil or fat to bind. Since nuts and seeds have their own natural fats to do so.

It is possible to make a variety of combinations using nuts. For instance, this Badam Laddu and then kaju kishmish ladoo (cashew raisins ladoo), badam pista ladoo (almond pistachio ladoo) and so on. You can also have a mix of 3 to 4 types of nuts or dry fruits and make ladoos from these.

Usually when I’m preparing for home consumption, I make a small batch of Badam Ladoo and store them, as ground almonds easily turn rancid. For making on Diwali festival or any other festive occasion, a large batch is possible by scaling the recipe. To keep the ladoo well for a longer time, refrigerate.

When I prepare ladoos, I try and avoid adding sugar to the mixture. My choice of sweetener is jaggery most of the times. For ladoos made with nuts and seeds too, you can easily use jaggery in place of sugar. Thus, Badam Laddu is good with jaggery, or even palm jaggery and coconut sugar.

One more way of adding some sweetness in the Badam Ladoo is by replacing jaggery with raisins, soaked figs and dates or dried berries. These are all natural sweeteners and make these ladoos all the more wholesome. You can also use a combination of some jaggery and raisins like I have done in my recipe. This is completely your choice.

Once you follow this particular recipe of Badam Laddu, you’ll find that the taste of these ladoo is very different than the ones which use sugar or jaggery syrup. The taste that you will get in this Badam Ladoo is somewhat similar to the taste of the ground Peanut Ladoo.

As I mentioned previously, almonds are brimming with benefits because of their nutritional profile. The most noteworthy benefit is that it is super for your brain. Soaking almonds overnight and consuming them in the morning is a common tradition in almost every Indian household.

Apart from this too, badam is extremely useful for the body and mind. So, if you are not regularly consuming it, start from today.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Badam Laddu

Roast Almonds

1. Heat a thick bottomed pan. Keep the heat to low or medium and add 1 cup raw almonds.

almonds added to hot thick bottomed pan for badam laddu.

2. Stirring at intervals, begin to roast the almonds.

roasting almonds in the pan for badam laddu.

3. Keep on roasting till the almonds become crunchy. Cool and taste a few almonds. Make sure you don’t burn them or brown them too much. You can even roast the almonds in an oven.

roasting almonds in the pan for badam laddu.

4. When the almonds are roasted, add 2 tablespoons raisins. Raisins are optional and you can skip them.

raisins added to the almonds.

5. Mix well.

raisins mixed well with the almonds.

6. Turn off the heat. Transfer the roasted almonds and raisins to another bowl or plate. Let the almonds become warm or cool at room temperature.

roasted almonds and raisins.

Make Ladoo Mixture

7. Add both almonds and raisins in a grinder jar. Also, add seeds from 3 green cardamoms.

roasted almonds, raisins and cardamom seeds added to the grinder jar.

8. Next, add ⅓ cup powdered jaggery. You can even use palm jaggery, coconut sugar, raw sugar or cane sugar instead of jaggery.

powdered jaggery added to the grinder jar.

9. Run the grinder for some seconds and then stop. Check the consistency. Continue in the same way, till you get a fine consistency in the almonds with some oil released from the almonds. 

You can also use the pulse option in your grinder. You have to run the grinder in parts till a bit of oil releases from the almonds.

ingredients ground to a fine consistency.

10. Take a small portion of the ladoo mixture in your hands and then press. It should hold shape and not crumble.

Don’t grind at one stretch or grind too much as then much fat will be released from the almonds and you will get almond butter.

one ladoo formed with the ground mixture.

Shape Badam Ladoo

11. Remove the ladoo mixture in the same bowl or plate in which we cooled the almonds and raisins.

ground ladoo mixture.

12. Now, take a small portion of the almond mixture in your palms and begin to shape into ladoos.

shaping ladoos from the prepared mixture.

13. Make Badam Laddu with the rest of the mixture. This recipe yields 10 small almond ladoos. The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. Store these ladoos in an airtight jar and refrigerate.

badam ladoo on a steel plate.

14. Serve the healthy Badam Laddu as a sweet snack.

top shot of badam ladoo served in a blue rimmed rectangular shallow plate with text layover.

Expert Tips

  1. You have to roast the almonds till crunchy, and not really brown them too much or burn them. During the process, cool a few almonds, taste and check. Roasting can be done in an oven too.
  2. It is not mandatory to use raisins. You can give it a miss.
  3. In place of regular jaggery, you can use cane sugar, palm sugar, raw sugar or coconut sugar.
  4. Avoid grinding the almonds at one stretch for a longer time. More grinding means more release of fat from the almonds. This way you will eventually get almond butter.
  5. You can make about 10 small ladoo with this recipe. Scale to make more. Serve immediately or store in airtight boxes and refrigerate for later consumption.

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Badam Laddu | Almond Ladoo

Here’s a Badam Laddu recipe that is quick, easy, tasty and made with almonds, jaggery and raisins. Make this delish Almond Ladoo the next time when you have a bag full of almonds. Use it for making these ladoos with minimal ingredients.
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Cuisine North Indian
Course Sweets
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 10 Badam Ladoo
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 cup/130 grams badam (almonds)
  • ⅓ cup/60 grams jaggery powder or grated jaggery
  • 2 tablespoons raisins – optional
  • 3 green cardamoms seeds kept and husks discarded

Instructions
 

Roasting almonds

  • Heat a thick bottomed pan. Keep the heat to low or medium and add 1 cup raw almonds.
  • Stirring at intervals, begin to roast the almonds.
  • Keep on roasting until the almonds become crunchy. But make sure you don't burn them or brown them too much.
    You can even roast/toast the almonds in an oven.
  • Taste a few almonds by cooling them first. They should taste crunchy.
  • When the almonds have got roasted well, add 2 tablespoons raisins and mix.
  • Turn off the heat and transfer the roasted almonds and raisins to another bowl or plate. Let the almonds become warm or cool at room temperature.

Making badam ladoo mixture

  • Next add both almonds and raisins in a mixer or grinder jar. Also add seeds from 3 green cardamoms.
  • Now add the jaggery powder.
    You can even use palm jaggery, raw sugar, coconut sugar or cane sugar instead of jaggery.
  • Run the mixer or grinder for some seconds and then stop. Check the consistency.
    Continue in the same way, till you get a fine consistency in the almonds with some oil released from the almonds. You can also use the pulse option in your grinder.
  • You have to run the grinder in parts till a bit of oil releases from the almonds. 
  • Take a small portion of the mixture in your hands and then press. It should hold shape and not crumble. 
  • Don’t grind at one stretch or grind too much as then much oil will be released from the almonds and you will get almond butter.

Shaping badam ladoo

  • Remove the badam ladoo mixture in the same bowl or plate in which we cooled the almonds & raisins.
  • Now take a small portion of the ladoo mixture in your palms and begin to shape it into ladoo.
  • Make badam ladoos with the rest of the mixture.
  • This recipe yields 10 almond ladoo. The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. Store the almond ladoo in an airtight jar and refrigerate.
  • Serve these healthy almond ladoo as a sweet snack.

Notes

  • This recipe can be easily scaled to make a big batch.
  • Instead of jaggery, you can even use palm jaggery, raw sugar, coconut sugar or cane sugar. Adjust the amount of the sweeteners according to your preferences.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Badam Laddu | Almond Ladoo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 12 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Saturated Fat 0.01g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.02g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.04g
Sodium 0.5mg0%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 0.2g0%
Vitamin A 0.001IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.001mg0%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.01mg1%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.04mg0%
Vitamin B6 0.01mg1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Vitamin E 0.03mg0%
Vitamin K 0.1µg0%
Calcium 4mg0%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 0.1µg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
Magnesium 3mg1%
Phosphorus 5mg1%
Zinc 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Badam Laddu recipe from the blog archives was first published in September 2016. It has been updated and republished on January 2024.

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24 Comments

  1. Thank you Dassana for such a wonderful recipe. So very tasty and easy to make…hardly took me 15-20 mins. Everyone in our family loved it. Have tried many of your recipes and they have never ever failed. Thank you again for providing us with healthy, detailed, delicious recipes. God bless you dear.5 stars

    1. Thanks a lot for your kind wishes. Great to hear your feedback on the recipes you have tried. Wish you all the best!

  2. Can I replace roasted almonds with roasted sesame seeds in this recipe? I find it difficult to get to the soft ball stage (which is the recipe you’ve suggested for til laddoo)- so I was wondering if this recipe would work with sesame seeds? Thanks.

      1. This is perfect! Thank you Dassana- I will surely try this.
        I tried the almond jaggery laddoo and it turned out to be awesome. Thanks for replying.

        1. Welcome and glad. Thanks for the feedback on the almond ladoo recipe. Happy Cooking.

  3. Hey Dassana,

    I have some almond flour at home which I need to use somehow. Can I follow this same recipe by roasting the almond flour a little?

  4. Thanks Dassana and Amit ! This is truly a simple, easy and a power packed healthy recipe ! Everyone just loved it when I made it today … 🙂 Keep up the good work !5 stars