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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Meethi aur Gond ke Ladoo / Winter Special Fenu Greek Seeds and Edible Gum Ladoo

Winter season is on its peak and here in Delhi it is freezing cold. To withstand such harsh winters it is very necessary to have food which will not only provide the required warmth to our body but also strengthen our bones and provide the essential nutrients. One such food stuff which is prepared in almost all the northern states of India is winter special dry fruits ladoos loaded with healthy goodness.

In Maharashtra we generally prepare Dinkache ladoo (Gond ke ladoo),  Kharik Khobrache ladoo (Dried dates and dry coconut ladoo), Methi che ladoo( Fenu greek seeds ladoo), Udadachya daliche ladoo( Urad dal ladoo) and so on. The name derived from the main ingredient in these ladoos. My mom makes udadachya daliche ladoo which i love the most, will share that recipe also very soon. Today i am going to share a unique traditional recipe of Methi Goand ke ladoo which i learnt from my friend Shradha's mother in law.

The best thing which i love about these ladoos are that these have a large amount of Methi dana (fenu greek seeds) as compared to other ladoos and still one cannot find any after taste or bitterness of the methi dana in these ladoos. In fact we cannot make out the taste of methi when we eat these. So even kids and fuzzy eaters will love it. Apart from this, the ladoos are loaded with healthy ingredients like dry fruits , edible gum (Gond), Poppy seeds(Khus Khus), dry Coconut, dry dates( Chuara), Jaggery (Gud) and Oil. i agree that making this ladoos at home is little time consuming but the end results are worth the efforts !

These ladoos are specially given to the nursing mothers as these are believed to increase the milk production. Can be taken by people of all age specially kids and elderly people . The Ladoos are generally taken early morning with a glass of milk. Pregnant ladies should not eat these ladoos as they produce heat in the body .

Ingredients: Measurement 1 cup = 200 gm)
  • 2 1/2 cups whole Wheat flour 
  • 1 1/2 cup Suji 
  • 2 1/2 Cups Milk 
  • 1 1/2 Cup Methi dana ( Fenu greek Seeds)
  • 2 cups grated dry Coconut
  • 3/4 cup dry dates Powder ( Chuara powder)
  • 3/4 cup crushed dry fruits ( i have used Walnuts, Almonds, Cashew nuts)
  • 3/4 cup edible gum (Gond)
  • 1/2 cup Khus Khus ( poppy seeds)
  • 2 1/2 cups Jaggery / Gud
  • 2 /1/2 cups refined Oil ( preferably groundnut oil)
  • 2 tbsp dry ginger powder(Saunth)
  • 1 tbsp Cardamom and Nutmeg powder
  1. Dry grind the Methi dana (Fenu greek seeds) in a grinder to a coarse powder. 

    2.  Soak this powdered Methi in hot milk in a large container over night. Next day the methi will absorb all the milk and swell to more than double its volume. 

 3. Dry grind the edible gum (gond) to fine powder.

  4. Crush or roughly chop the dry fruits, Deseed the dried dates and grind them as well. Grate the dry Coconut and Jaggery separately. Mix the whole wheat flour and Suji together .

   5. In a broad and heavy bottom kadhai or wok, add about 1/2 cup oil and roast the whole wheat flour and suji mixture on a medium heat until fragrant and light brown in colour. Remove and keep aside. Add more oil to the same kadhai  and fry the powdered edible gum , remove it. Now simlarly fry the dry fruits followed by khus khus and dry dates powder , remove the mixture and keep with the fried gum.

   6. Similarly in some oil roast the grated dry coconut . Remove it and lastly roast the soaked methi on a low to medium flame until fragrant and completely dry. There should be no moisture left in the methi. 

  7 .  Now heat up remaining oil into the wok and add the grated Jaggery to it. Keep stirring until the Jaggery completely melts and we can see layer of oil floating over the melted Jaggery.

  8.  Now add all the roasted ingredients one by one in the melted Jaggery and blend together well. 

 9.  Put off the flame and now add the Cardamom and Nutmeg powder and dry Ginger powder and mix well. When the Ladoo mixture has cooled down enough to handle, take handful of mixture and make round shape ladoo out of it. Repeat the same for rest of the mixture. From the above ingredients i could make 75 medium sized Ladoos. Enjoy this healthy breakfast treat with milk during winters :)

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