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How to Make Dry Fruit Laddu With Edible Gum (Antina Unde)

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Dry Fruit Laddu With Edible Gum (Antina Unde)

Dry Fruit Laddu With Edible Gum (Antina Unde)

A Mouthwatering and Immunity-Boosting Dessert

If you look at the ingredients for dry fruit laddu, you will immediately see how nutritious these dessert treats are. All of the ingredients are rich and nutrient-dense. Some of the ingredients are immunity-boosting, as well.

In the Kannada language, antu refers to the edible gum of an acacia tree, and unde means balls (as in dessert balls).

Dry fruit laddu calls for almonds, cashew nuts, copra, dried figs, raisins, dates, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, edible gum, nutmeg, cardamom, ghee, and jaggery. Making this recipe is easy and doesn't take much time. It's possible that assembling all of the ingredients might take more time than actually making the laddus themselves!

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25 min

25 min

50 min

18 laddus

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried figs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry coconut, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon edible gum
  • 2-3 teaspoons ghee
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 cup jaggery, powdered
  • 1 small piece nutmeg, powdered
  • 3 cardamom, powdered

Instructions

  1. In a deep-bottomed pan, roast the poppy seeds and sesame seeds. Transfer the roasted seeds to a plate and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add 1 teaspoon of ghee. Keep the heat at medium. Throw in chopped almonds, cashews, and walnuts. Saute them until they become lightly golden and crispy. Transfer them to a plate.
  3. In the same pan, saute the edible gum with a very small amount of ghee until it puffs up. Transfer it to a plate and allow it to cool. Once cold, powder them.
  4. Saute the chopped dates, dried figs, and dates with a very small amount of ghee for a few seconds. Transfer the mixture to a plate.
  5. Finally, saute the grated dry coconut for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and add it to one of the plates.
  6. Make a smooth powder of cardamom and nutmeg. Set aside.
  7. Add jaggery powder and 1 tablespoon of water to the pan and heat it. Keep the heat at medium-high. Stir the mixture continuously until the jaggery melts and becomes a bit sticky. Reduce the heat to a minimum.
  8. Throw in all the items you have collected on the plate, including the cardamom and nutmeg powder. Add 1 teaspoon of ghee.
  9. Saute the mixture until the mixture combines into a single lump. This process may take about 1 minute.
  10. Turn off heat and transfer the mixture to a plate. Allow it to cool.
  11. When the mixture becomes cool enough to handle, make lemon-sized balls. Collect them on a plate and set aside to cool further. Once they are cold, they should harden.
  12. Enjoy the taste of this heavenly dessert! Storing them in an airtight container will allow them to stay fresh for 15 days at room temperature. Afterward, you have to store them in the refrigerator.

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The ingredients

The ingredients

Step one: Saute poppy seeds and sesame seeds until you get a nice aroma.

Step one: Saute poppy seeds and sesame seeds until you get a nice aroma.

Step two: Heat a very small amount of ghee in a deep-bottomed pan. Saute chopped almonds, cashews, and walnuts. Continue to saute until they become crispy. Transfer the nuts to a plate.

Step two: Heat a very small amount of ghee in a deep-bottomed pan. Saute chopped almonds, cashews, and walnuts. Continue to saute until they become crispy. Transfer the nuts to a plate.

In the same pan, saute the edible gum until they become big. Transfer it to a plate and allow it to cool. Afterward, powder it.

In the same pan, saute the edible gum until they become big. Transfer it to a plate and allow it to cool. Afterward, powder it.

In the same pan, add chopped dates, raisins, and dried figs. Saute with a very small amount of ghee just for a few seconds. Transfer the mixture to a plate.

In the same pan, add chopped dates, raisins, and dried figs. Saute with a very small amount of ghee just for a few seconds. Transfer the mixture to a plate.

Saute the grated coconut in the same pan until it becomes crispy. Add it to one of the plates.

Saute the grated coconut in the same pan until it becomes crispy. Add it to one of the plates.

Step three: Add powdered jaggery and 1 teaspoon water to the same pan.

Step three: Add powdered jaggery and 1 teaspoon water to the same pan.

Cook it over low heat while stirring continuously until it liquefies. Increase the heat a little bit and allow it to boil for 2-3 minutes.

Cook it over low heat while stirring continuously until it liquefies. Increase the heat a little bit and allow it to boil for 2-3 minutes.

Step four: Add all the ingredients that you have set aside. Add 1 teaspoon of ghee and crushed almond-nutmeg powder.

Step four: Add all the ingredients that you have set aside. Add 1 teaspoon of ghee and crushed almond-nutmeg powder.

Saute the mixture over medium-low heat while stirring continuously until the whole mixture comes together to form a lump, leaving the bottom of the pan. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a plate.

Saute the mixture over medium-low heat while stirring continuously until the whole mixture comes together to form a lump, leaving the bottom of the pan. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a plate.

Step five: When the mixture has cooled enough to handle, form small lemon-sized balls. Set them aside cool completely.

Step five: When the mixture has cooled enough to handle, form small lemon-sized balls. Set them aside cool completely.

Dry fruit laddu

Dry fruit laddu

Once they become cold, they will harden. Store them in an airtight container to keep fresh for up to 15 days at room temperature.

Once they become cold, they will harden. Store them in an airtight container to keep fresh for up to 15 days at room temperature.

Comments

ShailaSheshadri (author) from Bengaluru on April 23, 2020:

Thanks for your encouraging comments. Do try this recipe and enjoy it!

Liza from USA on April 23, 2020:

I remember when I was a kid, my father's friend came to our house during Diwali. He brought a variety of snacks including laddu for us. This reminded me of my childhood. Thanks for sharing the recipe.