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ellu unde recipe

Today i have for you all an easy and healthy laddu made from Sesame seeds .. that’s ” Ellu Unde / Til ladoo recipe / Ellu urundai / Sesame seeds ladoo ” . It’s also known as Chigali in Kannada. Made from just 2-3 ingredients these til ladoo taste yumm !! In South India Til ladoo is prepared especially during festivals like Krishna Janmashtami , Nagarapanchami , Ganesh Chaturthi etc . .These ladoos are ghee-less which might be a great news for weight watchers ! Now yo u know why i like til ladoos .. 🙂

ellu unde recipe

Check out the video recipe of ellu unde : 

Black and white sesame seeds are two different varieties of sesame seed and have slightly different flavors. While the black variety is nuttier with a slight bitter after note, white ones are milder.These seeds are a very good source of copper, magnesium and calcium. Also,they are a heat generating food and hence good to be part of the cold season diet . Most of us usually ignore the black sesame seeds and opt for the white ones may be for the reason that the white ones look and taste better than the black seeds. But the black sesame seeds are more nutritious than the white ones. This til ladoo recipe uses black ones . Its the most simplest recipe with minimal ingredients & minimal efforts as well .. but ,the key to their success is in handling the jaggery syrup correctly .Do try them and enjoy …

You can also check other laddus like besan laddu , rava laddu , paneer laddu etc ..

ellu unde recipe


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 15 number


  • 1 cup Black sesame seeds / til
  • 1/2 cup Jaggery
  • 1 tsp Ghee, optional
  • 1 tsp Cardamom / elaichi powder


  • Dry roast the sesame seeds on low flame till it crackles and releases nice aroma. Do not over roast it, otherwise, it tastes bitter. Allow it to cool.
  • Take 2-3 tbsp of water and jaggery in a thick bottomed vessel and bring it to boil. Keep stirring in low flame until the syrup is thick and sticky.
  • IMPORTANT STEP To check syrup : To test jaggery syrup readiness – Keep a small plate/cup with cold water ready by stove side.When you take a bit of hot syrup and put it in water, you should be able to make a ball of it. Then the syrup is ready .
  • Once the syrup is ready, Switch off and add roasted sesame seeds .mix well .
  • The mixture will be very hot , let it sit for a min . Let the temperature reduce little
  • Wet your hands , take a spoonful of the mixture,tightly press the mixture and make small balls.
    Remember the mixture should be hot only while making laddus , else they will be crumbly and we cant make laddus
  • Your black beauties are ready .When cold, store in an air tight container. These laddus will be harder and crisp ,unlike the typical soft laddus.Enjoy these laddus as a healthy dessert or as a healthy snack !!!
    ellu unde recipe



  1. If the black sesame are old, it might not crackle properly. If its not crackled properly, laddus give a raw taste.
  2. While dry roasting the sesame seeds, sprinkle few drops of water to the seeds.It avoids them from jumping out of the kadai .
  3. dry roast sesame seeds on low flame else they might burn and taste bitte
  4. If you want , you can add 1-2 tsp of ghee to the syrup.
  5. If you are a beginner , you might find it difficult to roll laddus . So to ease things , after roasting .. you can pulse them a bit in mixer and later add to the jaggery syrup . Making laddus later becomes more easier .
  6. You need to be very quick
Thanks for reading the post….plz drop your valuable comments.. it really motivates me…Also If you liked this post, I would really love it if you could share it …Thank you !!
Love ~Smitha

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  • Reply
    tinku shaji
    September 2, 2013 at 9:51 am

    yummy dessert so healthy and traditional

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    September 2, 2013 at 9:54 am

    true Tinku…

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    Princy Vinoth
    September 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

    simply yummy ladoos!healthy too.

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    Archana Potdar
    September 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    beautiful pics. I will love these anytime.

  • Reply
    Asha Shivakumar
    September 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    This is a nice step by step sweet. Love ellu uruandai so much, I can eat everything all myself.. Looks really nice and a good recipe.

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    Taste of Mysore
    September 3, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Laddu looks yumm! Good one. Thanks for stopping by Taste of Mysore.

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    September 3, 2013 at 4:55 am

    @ Princy: Thx..

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    September 3, 2013 at 4:57 am

    @ Archana n Asha: Thx for the comments… pics are ok . u people are just “wow” in that.. will try to improve..

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    September 3, 2013 at 4:58 am

    @ LG: ive tried n liked many recipes from your site.. they are so simple yet great.. 🙂

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    Nivedhanams Sowmya
    September 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    perfect and delicious balls!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!Sowmya

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    Shazia Wahid
    September 11, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks for linking it to my giveawayhttp://cutchikitchen.com/100th_Post_GiveAway.html

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    Nivedhanams Sowmya
    September 30, 2013 at 4:40 am

    wow that is festive time!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!Sowmya

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    May 7, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Can rava also be added to make rava and til ladoo?

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