Cocoa Quinoa Laddoos? Plus: “Love & Prana” with Vaidya Mishra & Brenda; “Soma Skin Spa” in Santa Barbara – your SV Ayurveda Newsletter Feb 11, 2021 – #5, Vol 11

Cocoa Quinoa Laddoos for your Valentine?
Yes, Please!

The origin of the word “laddu” (also spelt “laddoo”) is unknown. In Sanskrit, laddoos are called “Modak.” In general, modak is a small ball made of flour, ghee, sugar, and some spices. 
Most common recipe for laddoos includes besan (black small chickpea flour) combined with sugar, cooked in ghee and molded into a ball shape. The Carak Samhita contains many laddu recipes prepared using Ayurvedic medicinal ingredients. 
In India, laddoos are often prepared for festivals or family events such as weddings and births, or given as a prasad(offering) at Hindu temples. 
Here is a delicious timeless SVA Valentine’s exclusive: Organic Cocoa Quinoa Almond Laddoos! It will take you less than 20 minutes to assemble but will create a lifetime’s worth of memories!
Vaidya Mishra explains that the cocoa bean, and therefore its powder, is heavy and clogging for the physiology. However, there is always a way, through SVA, for those of us who want to have their chocolate and eat it too! 

step-by-step video demonstration of how to make your laddoos – scroll down for full recipe
This recipe uses Madhur Masala, or sweet masala, a
SVA mixture to be used ideally with sweet foods in order to counter-balance their clogging heavy property. In addition, you may make your laddus extra special by adding either the Shakti for Him or the Shakti for Her ayurvedic spice and herb mixture. These rejuvenative mixtures were formulated by Vaidya Mishra to help balance and replenish hormonal activity within the physiology. They have great rasayan (rejuvenative) properties and can be blended in either with savory (soups or curries) or sweet dishes) milk, muffins, and now laddus! 
The pink peppercorns add a special twist to the recipe and also help with counterbalancing the clogging effect of chocolate as they belong to the pepper family. However, some people may not like the fruity and slightly pungent taste.

The step-by-step recipe below will make 10-12 bite-size laddoos. The laddoos will also keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks – that’s if they last that long and don’t get eaten up with the hour!
  • 4 tablespoons Besan flour (black chickpea flour available from any Indian grocery store) or grind your own for extra freshness
  • 4 tablespoons organic Quinoa flakes
  • 6 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds (blanched or non-blanched)
  • 1 tablespoon organic Cocoa powder – unsweetened and alkali free
  • 3 tablespoons melted Mom’s Ghee
  • 15-20 organic green cardamoms – crushed
  • 10-15 organic pink rosebuds
  • 1 teaspoon Madhur Masala
  • 1 teaspoon VJK for Him or For Her – optional
  • 1 teaspoon whole or crushed pink peppercorns – optional
  • 1 pinch of Soma Salt – optional
the video above demonstrates the recipe and the steps are below
  • Mix the Besan and Quinoa flakes and slowly dry toast on a dry pan. This is the longest part of your recipe, make sure you keep mixing the powder so it toasts evenly. When the color turns a golden light brown, put the mixture into a mixing bowl.
  • Next add the cocoa powder to your mixture.
  • At this point, add Madhur Masala. If you are adding ayurvedic herbal/spice mixtures to your recipe do it now (VJK For Him and For Her)
  • At this point, crush the cardamom pods and add along with the rose buds to a pan, add your ghee
  • and melt the whole thing stirring frequently. You may cook this on low heat for 1-2 minutes to
  • better infuse the ghee with the cardamom and the rose.
  • In the meantime, add the sugar to your dry mixture and mix every thoroughly.
  • Now add the sugar to your dry mixture.
  • Next pour the hot melted ghee through a tea filter over your mixture evently and with a spoon
  • make sure all your dry mixture is nicely and evenly blended.
  • Now you can add in the dry toasted and sliced almonds and mix the ingredients a little further.
  • You are now ready for your final step of shaping your mixture into little balls or laddus. You can
  • use an ice cream scooper to make sure you are picking up the same amount every time and your laddus will be of the same size. Flatten the mixture in your hand and squeeze tightly to bind all the ingredients together and then gently roll from palm to palm (see the video) and your laddoo is ready.
  • Repeat this step until you finish all the mixture.
  • To top it off, you can shred some pink peppercorns on top with a pepper mill to add a twist of
  • flavor. Enjoy!
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