DATES & DRY FRUITS LADOOS
It is customary in our Indian homes to make some sweets for festivals and with Diwali coming up, everyone is busy preparing sweets and savories for the family. For the health conscious and for those who are advised to avoid or reduce their intake of sugar, Dates & Dry Fruits Ladoos is a welcome option that I would recommend. This is because unlike most traditional Indian sweets, this does not call for the use of sugar or even jaggery as dates have their natural sweetness.
Dates are supposed to be very good for health . They are nutritious and high in fibre apart from having several antioxidants. Likewise, dry fruits too are rich in proteins, minerals and fibre, so this combination of ingredients makes for a tasty as well as healthy sweet! Readers outside India would probably use the generic term " nuts" for what we call " dry fruits"!
There are many ways one can make Dates & Dry Fruit Ladoos. I have used this method which is quite easy and does not call for too much effort.
If you are using seedless dates, they can be used as such but dates with seeds need to be de-seeded. You can use a variety of dry fruits. Today I have used almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts and raisins.
Please note that we should make the ladoos when the dates and dry fruits mixture is cool enough to handle, without allowing it to cool completely.
While signing off, here's wishing you and your family a Very Happy Diwali. Enjoy, but stay safe!!
- Seedless Dates, (Khajur) 2 cups
- Ghee, 1 and 1/2 tbsp
- Almonds, (Badam), chopped, 1/2 cup
- Cashewnuts, (Kaju), chopped, 3 tbsp
- Pistachios, (Pista), chopped, 3 tbsp
- Walnuts, (Akhrot), chopped, 3 tbsp
- Raisins, ( Kishmish), 2 tbsp
- Poppy Seeds, (Khus Khus), 2 tsp
- Cardamom (Elaichi ) Powder, 1/2 tsp