Hello to all the readers of my first blog. It is a happy day today, as after contemplating for a long time to create a blog, but not working upon the thought, here I am, finally, writing before the year ends.
We all love good tasty food, and when anything favorite is cooked, we tend to overindulge. With kids who are foodies, variety of menu is essential. When winter approaches, eating more dry fruits is what I try to enforce, but it is an activity that they tend to avoid. Hence the best and easy method I follow, is to grind the dry fruits and make laddoos. The first recipe that I am sharing today is dry fruit laddoos, without sugar. Cooking is a personal style, hence it’s always good to try out the recipe according to one’s own preference.
Dry fruit laddoos without sugar:
The Ingredients required are: 250 gm each-Pistachios, Cashew-nuts, Almonds, Walnuts.
500 gm of dried dates, with seeds removed.
2oo gm each of fresh dates, Figs, Apricots, and Raisins. Depending upon the preference of sweetness desired and the quality of these dry fruits used, the quantity needs to be added. I love the crunch in the bite the figs add.
Method: Grind the nuts in the mixer to make a coarse mixture. Chop the dried dates into very small pieces. Try to hunt for deseeded dates in the market; I had to deseed all the dates and chop them into very small pieces, since I could not find deseeded ones. Grind these small pieces to a near-fine powder state. Chop the dates, fig, apricots and raisins into small pieces and grind them in the mixer. Since these are not completely dry, it appears to be a difficult task. To make this easier, mix this powder with the coarsely ground nut powder and grind at a higher grinder adjustment. The fruits now get completely mixed with the nuts, forming a sticky mass, which must be kept aside. After mixing all the ingredients, add little cardamom powder to the whole mix, and make round laddoos of desired size.
I enjoyed making them, an easy and not a very time consuming recipe. Go ahead and try them. One can incorporate any dry fruit as per taste to the recipe.