1/2 Cup Red Maata Rice
1 Cup Unsalted Cashew-nuts
1 Cup Powdered Jaggery/brown sugar
1 Cup Desiccated Coconut
- Roast the red matta rice in a pan without oil. The rice will become crispy and starts crackling. Once you start hearing the sound of crackle, take it off the stove, let it cool in a flat plate.
- In the same pan, add the cashew-nuts and dry roast them until they turn brown. Take care not to burn or black them.Once roasted, spread them on a flat plate to cool.
- Now, in a coffee grinder r small ja of your mixie, first grind the rice to fine powder. Next grind the cashew-nuts. Do not run the mixer continuously, it will result in cashew butter, we don’t need cashew paste, we need powdered cashews, so just pulse it 4-5 times.
- Mix together powdered cashews, powdered rice, powdered jaggery and coconut together. Take them a mixer jar and pulse them together 4-5 times to mix it well. This will help to bind them easily into balls. The fat in cashews and coconut, will mix well and make this process pretty easy.
- Transfer the contents to a clean bowl, take fist pull of powder and start making balls by pressing it tightly in your palms, shaping them like laddus. Keep the balls in a clean flat plate.
- Andi unda tastes best within 2-3 days. If you are planning to store for more days, then keep them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. But then too, it is best to consume them within a week or 10 days.
- These nutritional balls makes a wonderful gift during festive season.
- Take care while roasting the ingredients, burning them will result in a bad taste of the end product.
- Grind the rice and cashews separately. First time when i made this, i un-knowingly grounded both together and the rice was not ground well, it spoiled the texture of the dish, there were chunks of rice here and there which gave a nasty bite.
- If you don’t have jaggery, you can use brown sugar, i have tried both brown sugar and jaggery, brown sugar gave a even more deep color to the dessert.
- If even after mixing everything together and pulsing in a grinder, you find it difficult to make them into balls, try adding little ghee. But it is totally unnecessary, if you pulse them together once.