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April 2006

France-On Holiday

Last week I had wanted to tell all friends and readers we were going  off on vacation for a month. Well , we are here already , in Pas De Calais , France , eating a mind boggling variety of cheeses, never tasted before, drinking superb wine and  hearing all about our friends Judy and Nick's wonderful artisanal jams being made out of a picturesque farm house in the countryside. Much more about all this later.

Til Ladoo-Sweet Sesame Bonda/ Ladoo-Gluten free


Being on a bit of a health binge I thought I'd put up some of my gluten free recipes for sweets made of rice flour.These are fairly easy to make and a great alternative to the usual dairy or flour based sweets we make.


  • 1 1/2 cups til / sesame seed.
  • 3/4 cup channa dal
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup gur/ jaggery
  • 3 cups oil for deep frying

Fry the sesame seeds and channa dal in 3 tbsp oil. Remove from fire , cool and powder in a coffee grinder. Put the gur in a pan and heat till melted and a little thickened. Remove from fire. Add the channa dal and til powder to it immediately and mix well.Let the mixture cool. Now form 1" balls /ladoos out of the mixture. Add enough water to make the rice flour into a paste. Heat oil in a deep pan or kadhai. Dip the ladoos into the rice paste and fry in the hot oil till golden brown. Serve