India’s Famous Laddus - Health, Culture, and Prosperity Behind It
If in future India has to declare their national sweet dish, by no doubt, laddus will be the top contenders of all. Laddus are not only considered a symbol of happy occasion in India but if made with the right ingredients, it also has several health benefits. It is a sweet dish that has the perfect blend of medicinal properties as well as an expression of happiness during the festive season.
It is believed that laddus date back several centuries; its origination was due to the presence of medicinal properties in its ingredients. It was given to adolescent girls in order to balance their hormones and alleviate painful menstrual cramps.
In fact, mention of laddus have been found in the mythological scriptures, where Ayurvedic scripts have recipes of this smooth egg shaped ball. The ingredients in the Vedas have mentions of various healthy ingredients like jaggery, honey, peanuts, carom seeds, lotus seeds. You will also find Sushruta, ‘father of surgery’ in India, talk about laddus where he created small edible balls that had ingredients like sesame seeds, jiggery, and peanuts along with dosages of medicine so that the drug is easier to consume by patients.
Furthermore, the sweet also has a special place in prayer rituals and is a popular offering to Gods. Laddus are so auspicious and famous in India that every region has its own version of it. From the motichoor laddus in the North to the coconut laddus in the South, you will find several version and tastes across the country.
There is also an interesting tidbit in the Indian mythological scripts that shows Lord Ganesha’s undying love for laddus (referred to as modak). He came to life only to feed Lord Krishna and this tale is known to every Indian. Due to this, the sweets are also used during celebrations on auspicious occasions such as Diwali, the birth of a child, celebrate successes, purchase of property, promotion. No occasion is complete without it.
We are providing some of the most widely celebrated occasions in the Indian culture where no celebrations are complete without this sweet dish
Diwali or Deepavali is the festival of lights – “light over darkness”, “good over evil”. It is considered a festival of new beginnings, where Lord Ram and Sita returned to Ayodhya after their 14 years in exile. To mark this day, the entire country is lit up with small diyas where all the houses decorate their place with small oil lamps, rangolis and also exchange sweets with each other. Laddus again play a prominent role in this celebration, where they are prepared and then distributed to the immediate family and relatives or to those who are visiting the house on this occasion.
Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi means "the bond of protection, obligation, or care”. On this festival, sisters tie the sacred thread called Rakhi to the wrist of their brothers and pray for their good health & long life. Along with this, a portion of sweet like laddus are fed to the brother.
Ganesh is known as the Lord of arts and sciences and the deva of wisdom. Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10 days’ festival that is celebrated to mark the arrival of Ganesha to Earth from Kailash Parvat with his mother. Legend says, that Ganesha was created by Lord Shiva as an obstacle-creator, to stop the demons and help the Devas. As mentioned earlier, Lord Ganesha has an undying love for laddus and thus, the sweet dish is served on this festival widely. A large variety of laddu bhogs or prasadam (religious offering of food) is offered to Lord Ganesha on the festival to please him.
Holi is a popular Hindu festival which is popularly known as the "festival of spring" or the "festival of colors”. This also marks the end of winters in India and is a welcome to the spring season. Legend says, the devil named Hiranyakashipu tried killing his son with the help of her sister Holika, because he was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Holika tried to burn him but due to her evilness her powers became ineffective and she was burned to ashes instead. To celebrate the good over evil, people apply colors and throw water balloons at each other. On such an auspicious festival, laddus is one of the most popular Holi sweets.
Indian weddings are incomplete without sweets. One such sweet that is omnipresent is the laddus. Laddus on such occasions are considered as prasadam (religious offering of food) at Hindu temples and at holy ceremonies, like puja. They also have religious use as a mark of celebrations on such events.
The real problem, however, in the market is the use of refined sugar. This sweet white poison is taking away the genesis of the most favorite sweet dish. Due to this, it is now very rare to find clean and healthy treats.
Thus, in America, The Laddu House became one of the most sought after manufacturer of this sweet because not only they are authentic but they have enhanced the traditional Indian sweet recipes with modern flavors. The Laddu House will serve you with luxury Indian sweets in the healthiest manner.
They prepare laddus with natural and clean ingredients (pure ghee and Indian flavor) that are widely loved by health conscious people. Furthermore, no artificial sweeteners, colors, or preservatives are used to make this authentic Indian sweet. All the ingredients are roasted in house and minimally processed to ensure that we don't lose out on nutrients.
But this is just not it, The Laddu House includes good fats, proteins and is low in carbs. Another reason why The Laddu House is a reliable brand because they use 60% Non-GMO as well as 40% USDA Organic ingredients.
So if you are looking for something unique, healthy and widely popular in America this Indian sweet dish will satisfy your taste buds and will also make a perfect offering as gifts during festival season and celebrations.