Date Laddu with cardamom and sesame

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.

Date Laddu with cardamom and sesame

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.

Date Laddu Recipe

36 pieces


Equipment: food processor and spice grinder for grinding the cardamom

1 lb (3 cups) chopped, pitted dates
1/2 cup chana flour (besan)
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 2/3 cups chopped, mixed unsalted nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios)
1/3 cup sesame seeds


  1. Place the dates, chana flour and cardamom in the bowl of a food processor nuts and pulse until smooth and blended.
  2. Add the mixed nuts and sesame seeds and pulse until well blended. Note: the nuts should be quite fine.
  3. Use a small scooper and divide the mixture into 36 equal parts.
  4. Roll the scoops into balls in the centre of your palms.
  5. Enjoy with tea or coffee or as a snack on your favourite hiking trail.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or the freezer for up to a month.

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