We developed this recipe for Date Laddu with Cardamom and Sesame to replicate the delicately balanced dried fruit laddu we purchased in Auroville and proceeded to snack on for days after.
Auroville has its own food processing plant called the Kottakarai Organic Food Processing Unit (KOFPU) that has been fully operational since 1997.
The KOFPU produces noodles from spirulina, ragi, kambu and wheat. They mill sprouted ragi flour, millets mix and ragi dosa flour. Oils they manufacture include organic sesame oil, coconut oil, skin care oil, hair oil, anti-lice oil and Ayurvedic massage oils.
For quick meals they’ve created pesto sauce, pesto spread, tomato sauce, sesame butter, peanut butter and cashew butter. Drinks include yogi and masala tea powders and kombucha.
Our favourite product for sale in the Food Dome in the Auroville Visitors’ Centre? Hands down it was the dried fruit laddu (a type of energy ball) and vitality bar, made with cardamom and sesame. They were fabulous for the long road trips we took in South India.
We hope you enjoy our version of the energy ball – the Date Laddu with Cardamom and Sesame. Do experiment and add your own favourite nuts or other dried fruits to the mix.