Naam Ladoo Illustrated Recipe - Spiritual Confection

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Naam Ladoo Recipe - Waheguru

Iced Naam Ladoo
Iced Naam Ladoo. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Ladoo is a traditional Indian food confection distributed for special occasions, ceremonies and celebrations such as weddings, the birth of a child, or offered as a part of langar during kirtan programs, rain sabahee kirtan, or kirtan smagam (get together).

The recipe for Naam Ladoo, a spiritual confection, is prepared with naam while doing naam jap, reciting Waheguru with the tongue or breath, or while doing naam simran, engaging the mind in remembering Waheguru.

Recipe for Naam Ladoo.

  • 1 lb or 2 cups softened butter (4 cubes)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped cups ground almonds (badam)
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar (powdered), plus about 2 cups for icing
  • 2 tsp vanilla powder or extract (alcohol free)
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour (maida}
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 17 minutes
  • Naam Jap - Gurmanter - Waheguru - Name of God

Naam - the essential ingredient in Naam ladoo.
"Nit japeeai saas giraas naao paravdigar daa"||
"With every breath and morsel of food, remember the Name of the Cherisher Lord." SGGS||518

Naam jap: Recite gurmanter or mool manter, and listen to gurbani kirtan continually while preparing naam ladoo.

Makes 120 Naam Ladoo 1" in diameter

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Gather Ingredients - Ik

Naam Ladoo Ingredients
Naam Ladoo Ingredients. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Gather, measure, and assemble all ingredients.

Sources For Alcohol Free Vanilla Beans, Vanilla Extract, and Vanilla Powder
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Finely Chopped Almonds - Onkar

Almonds in Food Processor
Finely chop almonds in a food processor. Photo © [S Khalsa]
Grind the almonds in a food processor for about 2 minutes until finely chopped. Naam Jap
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Cream Butter and Chopped Almonds - Sat Naam

Ground Almonds and Butter
Add finely chopped almonds to butter. Photo © [S Khalsa]
Cream together butter, and finely chopped almonds, Add sugar, and vanilla. Naam jap.
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Add Flour - Karta Purkh

Naam Ladoo
Dough should easily form a ball. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Add flour a cup at time. Naam jap.

  • Knead dough by hand until it holds together easily coming away clean from sides of mixing bowl.
  • Dough should not be sticky or crumbly, and should easily form a ball.
  • If dough becomes crumbly, correct by adding a tablespoon or so of butter.
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Grease Baking Pans - Nirbhao

Apply butter lightly to sarbloh baking trays.
Apply butter lightly to sarbloh baking trays. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Lightly grease baking sheets with butter. Naam jap.

  • Recipe uses two standard size 12" x 18" baking sheets or four 12" round pans (Four sarbloh thaal, or iron plates, are shown here.) .
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Roll the Dough to Form Balls - Nirvair

Roll the dough to form balls, and place on baking pan.
Roll the dough to form balls, and place on baking pan. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Score or divide dough into halves or quarters in mixing bowl (one portion for each baking sheet). Naam jap. [

  • Pinch away dough between thumb, index, and middle fingers.
  • Roll dough to form balls 1/2" - 1" in diameter, then place on baking sheets.
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Preheat the Oven and Bake - Akal Moort

Preheat oven and bake naam ladoo
Preheat oven and bake naam ladoo. Photo © [S Khalsa]

When half the dough remains, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake at 350 degrees for 17 - 20 minutes. Naam jap.

  • As soon as ladoo begin to show signs of turning golden brown remove from the oven.
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Remove Naam Ladoo from Oven - Ajoonee

Remove naam ladoo from oven when golden brown.
Remove naam ladoo from oven when golden brown. Photo © [S Khalsa]

As soon as ladoo begin to show signs of turning golden brown remove from the oven. Naam jap.

  • Though delicious when baked to a crisp, a slightly underdone naam ladoo is tenderly moist, and tastes divine.
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Ice the Naam Ladoo - Sai Bhang

Powder Sugar Iced Naam Ladoo
Ice naam laddo with confectioners sugar. Photo © [S Khalsa]

To ice, place 2 cups of confectioners' sugar into a plastic Zip-loc bag. (Alternately use a paper bag, or bowl). Naam jap.

  • Using the right hand delicately place 5 - 6 warm ladoo in bag and shake with the left hand gently.
  • Remove sugar coated ladoo with right hand and place in empty mixing bowl.
  • Sugar will melt and form an icing on the warm ladoo.
  • Repeat the entire process until all naam ladoo have been coated twice in order to properly ice.
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Bhog - Bless the Naam Ladoo - Gur Parshad

Bless the naam ladoo
Bless the naam ladoo. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Bless the ladoo with bhog, ardaas, a prayer to imbibe ladoo with the taste of naam. Naam jap.

  • Remove five naam laddo and perform ardaas.
  • Touch each naam ladoo with kirpan at the appropriate time during ardaas.
  • Return naam laddo to main bowl.
  • Naam laddo are ready to serve.
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One Naam Ladoo Recipe Three Cookies - Waheguru

One Naam Ladoo Cookie Three Recipes - Shown Namm Ladoo, Almond Eye and Jelly Filled Cookie
One Naam Ladoo Cookie Three Recipes - Shown Namm Ladoo, Almond Eye and Jelly Filled Cookie. Photo © [S Khalsa]

Try these thumb print cookie variations using the Naam Ladoo spiritual confection recipe.

Roll dough into a ball. Before baking:
  • Press twice with a fork to create a criss-cross pattern.
  • Press an almond in the center to create an almond eye, or spiritual third eye.
  • Press center with a chocolate, caramel, or butterscotch drop, or any Hershey Kiss candy.
  • Press center of dough with thumb and fill with any flavor of jam, or jelly, taking care not to over fill.

Serve cookies for special occasion as a snack or breakfast item for langar or enjoy anytime by yourself or with your family.