For the sake of babies health, during pregnancy it is traditionally advised to feed pregnant women dry fruits and dry fruit laddus. This healthy snack for women keeps their baby healthy and promotes growth of the baby in mother’s womb. These laddus can be given to even lactating mother, which nourishes both mother and baby. It is loaded with calcium, iron, protein, potassium and all essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, in several Indian houses it is a custom for parents to send dry fruit laddus to daughter’s house during her pregnancy. If lactating mother takes these laddus, one has to make sure that baby is not allergic to any nuts.
Not only women, dry fruit laddus can be taken by anybody. It is an alternate to nutrition bar. Children, young adults, working people, and seniors – all age group people can consume these laddus as they are highly nutritious and delicious too.
- Dry dates -One cup
- Cashew nuts – Half cup
- Figs – 5-6
- Almond – Half cup
- Pistachios – Half cup
- Cardamom powder -one tsp
- Poppy seeds -onetsp
- Honey -Two tbsp
- Raisins -Two tbsp
- Desiccated coconut -1 to 2 tbsp
- Ghee (clarified butter) – Two tbsp
- Cut dates into small pieces or coarse grind the dates in a mixer and transfer into a bowl.
- Coarsely grind cashew nuts, almonds and pistachios together and keep aside.
- Heat ghee in a pan and add grinded three dry fruit mixtures and poppy seeds. After a minute add dates and mix well. Sauté the ingredients until the dates become warm.
- Transfer ingredients into a plate and set aside to cool.
- Add cardamom powder and honey. Add crushed raisins and mix well.
- Knead the mix thoroughly.
- Now take a small ball size mix and using both palms shape it round like laddu. It is easy to give shape when the mix still warm and before solidifies.
- Place the laddus on a plate and let it cool down completely
Once you are sure that laddus are not warm then, store them in a air tight container.