Urad daal referred to as black gram called “minimulu” in telugu is used widely in Andhra cooking. I have posted many recipes using this protein rich ingredient starting with the breakfast dishes as idli, vada, dosa, utappam to the festive snack - Janthikalu all of which are savory dishes. Did you know you can make a sweet dish with this lentil?
This Andhra treat—“Minapa-Sunnundalu” is made along with urad daal; ghee and jaggery the other two awesome ingredients.
Ghee or clarified butter is rich in iron, and used extensively in ayurvedic therapies for its medicinal uses, it is devoid of hydrogenated oils and is preferred over butter for its health benefits. Due to its properties in promoting brain health and development, learning, memory, it is highly recommended in Ayurveda for growing kids.
The third ingredient is jaggery (molasses or unrefined cane sugar) which is a wonderful substitute for sugar and has an earthy flavor. This, three ingredient sweet is a healthy nutritious delectable, one can have anytime. Amazing mix of these three ingredients simply makes them melt in your mouth.....So why not try some.....
2 cups minappapu (Urad daal/Black gram)
2 cups jaggery
1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1 tsp cardamom powder.
Dry Roast the Urad daal till it turns golden brown. Grind it to a fine powder.
The powdered roasted urad called minapa sunni can be stored airtight for a month or more if desired to prepare the sunnundala as and when you like. Proceed with the following process when ready to make- to the minapa sunni in a large bowl stir in grated or coarsely powdered jaggery, melted ghee and cardamom, mix thoroughly and shape into small balls or laddus of desired size, using your palms. Sunnundalu are ready to relish- enjoy!
Nutrition: A healthy sweet treat loaded with protein and Iron.
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