Friday, 26 August 2016

Dry fruit Ladoo

If your mum is like mine, she will insist you have a healthy breakfast before you step out of the house in the morning, regardless of how late you already are! These ladoos come in handy when you don't have time to sit down and eat. Bite sized and high on protein and natural sugars, they're high on the satiation quotient as well. They're also great for kids and adults who don't like to eat dry fruits, by themselves.
We make ladoos (लाडू) in a couple of different ways. Here's 'Suka Mewa Ladoo' (सुका मेवा लाडू )

Dry fruit ladoo

Makes about 15 to 18 ladoos (Betel nut size)


Ghee, Clarified butter30 gms
Wheat flour75 gms
Dry fruit powder50 gms

How to make Dry fruit ladoo:

1. In a pan heat some  tup (तूप ) / ghee.
2. Once melted, add the wheat flour (कणिक) to it and roast the two together on low heat. This is done to take away the rawness of the flour. This might take a while, so keep stirring :)
3. Once the mixture changes the colour and your kitchen is filled with a wonderful aroma, turn off the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes.
4. In the mean while, take a selection of your choice of dry fruits like cashew nuts, pistachios, almonds,sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds walnuts, whatever you like, and grind them to make a powder(You can make it as coarse or as fine as you like). Pop this into a bowl.
5. Next grind the dates (खजूर) into a fine paste. Add this to the dry fruit powder and mix well.
6. Now add the slightly cooled wheat flour mixture to this and mix well again.
7. Then, roll out small ladoos between your palms and store them in an airtight container.

These ladoos can be made by substituting dates for normal sugar, but some adjustment in the measurements might be required.

These stay well for about a fortnight when stored properly in a cool, dry place. Each ladoo will give ~85 calories.

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