Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Shenga unde/peanut laddu

 Shenga Unde or peanut laddu is very popular in Uttara Karnataka which is usually made during festivals.Spcially during Naaga panchami or nagara panchami. On this day here in belgaum,we make at least 3-4 types of laddus as a offering Naga deva ,later it is shared with the neighbors and friends.This time i have made three types of laddus ie Rava laddu,besan laddu and this pea nut laddu

Peanut laddus

Next time, When you are looking for something to satisfy that sweet tooth and a quick burst of energy, these peanut balls are sure to satisfy that craving . Relish them as many as you want without any guilt.


  1. 500 gms Roasted peanuts
  2. 300 gms Jaggery/gud
  3.  1 tablespoon Clarified butter/ghee 
  4. A pinch of nutmeg power
  5. 1/4 Tsp Cardamom powder
  6. 1/2tsp Ginger powder (optional)

Preparation of the jaggery syrup 
  • Heat jaggery by adding 1 cup water and 1 spoon of ghee to prepare a syrup ( 1 string consistency – the syrup when stretched between the thumb and the forefinger should give only 1 string) 
How to make laddus:
  • Powder the peanuts to a coarse consistency and no need of peeling the skin off...just use as it is.
  • Now mix all the other ingredients except ghee in  the hot syrup.Switch off the fire and mix it well.
  • Prepare laddus while the mixture is little hot by applying little ghee  to the palms,shape into small round balls .

  • Note: One more method of testing jaggery syrup:Keep a small plate/cup with cold water ready by stove side.When you take a bit of hot syrup and put in in water,you should be able to make a ball of it.Then the syrup is ready.
  • In this recipe I have used organic jaggery which is dark brown in colour when compared to the usual jaggery which we get in grocery store.It gives a rich brown colour to the laddus.