Uparghi Laadu Recipe - Whole Wheat Flour & Banana Squares

Uparghi Laadu is a traditional Gujarati mithai, that is flat diamond in shape, unlike a ladoo like the name suggests. MAde with jaggery and ghee, this mithai will simply leave you asking for more.

Uparghi Laadu Recipe - Whole Wheat Flour & Banana Squares
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Uparghi Laadu Recipe is a recipe of a ladoo, however not spherical in shape. This is a traditional recipe from Gujarat and is made during winters, especially at the time of Uttarayan festival. It is called ladoo but it is square shaped.

Uparghi is a Gujarati name which means coated with ghee on top, where upar stands for top and ghi stands for ghee/clarified butter. Instead of making muthias and frying them, thick bhakhris are made from dough and cooked on a tava.

Serve Uparghi Laadu Recipe during festivals. 

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Course: Dessert
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Cast Iron Tawa/ Flat Skillet
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

40 M


3 Servings


    For Dough
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • Water , for kneading
  • Other Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup Jaggery
  • 1/4 cup Ghee
  • 2 Ripe Bananas , peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Caster Sugar , (powdered sugar) (adjust)

How to make Uparghi Laadu Recipe - Whole Wheat Flour & Banana Squares

  1. To prepare Uparghi Laadu Recipe, combine the whole wheat flour, oil and ghee in a deep bowl and knead into a stiff dough adding water gradually. Dough should be firm, hard and stiff. It should not be soft and sticky.

  2. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and make balls out of it.

  3. Dust a little flour and roll out the dough into a circle of medium thickness like that of a bhakhri. Prick with the help of a fork or make small cuts with a knife.

  4. Traditionally bhakris for this ladoo are cooked on an earthen tawa. But if we don’t have one, we can make them on a non stick tava/griddle.

  5. Heat a tawa and place the bhakri. Cook on a low to medium flame from both sides till golden brown spots appear on it. While cooking, press it with the help of a flat spoon or spatula. Make all the 4 bhakris like this.

  6. Let them cool down. Once it cools down, make small pieces with hands and put them into a mixer jar and grind. Once it is coarsely crushed, add jaggery and grind again to make a smooth mixture.

  7. Take out the mixture in a wide bowl and add chopped bananas to it. Mix well. Heat ghee in a small pan. Now add melted ghee and mix everything well by hand. Be sure jaggery and ghee are blended well with the mixture.

  8. In a greased plate, spread the mixture evenly.

  9. Sprinkle powdered sugar on it.Cut into square or diamond shaped pieces with a knife.

  10. Uparghi Laadu Recipe  can be stored for 1-2 days at room temperature and 2-3 in refrigerator.

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