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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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- 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
- In a deep-bottomed pan, roast the poppy seeds and sesame seeds. Transfer the roasted seeds to a plate and set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Finally, saute the grated dry coconut for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and add it to one of the plates.
- Make a smooth powder of cardamom and nutmeg. Set aside.
- 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.
- Throw in all the items you have collected on the plate, including the cardamom and nutmeg powder. Add 1 teaspoon of ghee.
- Saute the mixture until the mixture combines into a single lump. This process may take about 1 minute.
- Turn off heat and transfer the mixture to a plate. Allow it to cool.
- 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.
- 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.
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.