Maami Cooks : Sweet Peanut Balls


This was a staple in our house; any wedding, small function, leftover Sankranthi yellu thing-ey…Amma would make this. Oh! And Gokulashtami. This was an important sweet then but in a burfi form. I love giving this as hostess gifts. It doesn’t need a lot of jaggery/sugar or ghee or anything. And they can be made in a jiffy. Easy peasy…that’s the way Maami rolls 🙂


  1. Peanuts – 1 cup
  2. Jaggery – 3/4 or 1 cup
  3. Water – enough to cover the jaggery
  4. Ghee – 2 tablespoons
  5. Ghee – to grease the tray/plate
  6. Cardamom powder – a pinch (optional)

How to

  1. Grease a plate and keep aside
  2. Grate/powder the jaggery. Put this in a pan and fill water until the jaggery is covered
  3. Keep aside a cup of water (to test the jaggery consistency)
  4. In another pan. dry roast the peanuts until they are brown around the edges
  5. If you are using the ones with the husk, remove from the pan, cool it and remove the husk
  6. Put it into a zip cover and pound until they are coarsely powdered
  7. The jaggery would have melted a bit now. Turn on the stove and stir continously on sim/low flame
  8. Ensure the jaggery is thick in consistency
  9. Remove a small blob and drop  into the cup of water. If it becomes a ball, it’s ready. If not keep stirring
  10. Once the jaggery is ready, mix it with peanuts and cardamom powder
  11. Give it a quick stir and pour on the greased plate
  12. Cover your hands with gloves, grease them and make balls before they become hard
  13. Eat them 😀

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