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Monday, August 4, 2014

Dates and Nut Laddu

Now these dates and nut laddus are my kind of dish. Simple, quick and easy to put together on a festival day like Diwali or Raksha bandhan. They can be prepared in less than 15 minutes. Dates add a sweet base and there is no need for other sweeteners in this dish. Use soft, pitted variety dates and add any variety of nuts you have on hand. All nuts are delicious anyway and healthy when eaten in moderation. Feel free to add or omit any of the nuts from the below given list to customize. If you are feeling lazier, omit the dates frying step as well and directly grind the dates.

Ingredients: (Makes around 10 laddus)

1 cup mixed nuts  (I used a handful of each - walnuts, almonds, pistachios and cashews.)
1 cup pitted, soft dates (about 2 dozen)
1 tsp ghee
Method:
* Toast each variety of the nuts individually in a pan until they turn crisp. Let them cool and grind coarsely.
* Finely chop the dates.
* Heat ghee in a pan and add the chopped dates. Saute them for 2 - 3 minutes, pressing down the date pieces with the back of the spoon so that the dates turn into a pulp. Add the ground nuts to the pan, mix well and turn off the stove.
* Transfer the mixture onto a plate and when it is warm, make laddus of desired size. If the mixture is sticky and hard to shape the laddus, grease your palms and try.
* For a variation, the laddus can be rolled in dessicated coconut or sesame seeds as well.

These go to BM #43 under "Festival Special Theme". Check here to learn what other dishes are being cooked during this marathon.

Comments

12 comments:

Manjula Bharath said...

wow such a healthy and delicious looking ladoos there dear :) I want to grab some now.. perfect way to make the festive season more enjoyable and healthy :)

Srividhya said...

Wow very easy to make. I have dates and nuts.. will try it soon

Kalyani said...

Healthy twist to the ladoo..wil make this soon

Srivalli said...

That's really such an easy breezy treat Suma..very nicely done..

Sapana Behl said...

love those healthy and tasty ladoos! looks delicious......

nandoos Kitchen said...

nice healthy ladoo..

Sarita said...

Ladoo looks yummy.,

lavina agarwal said...

yummy healthy bites..nice pictures!

Priya Suresh said...

I can gobble few some rite now, very healthy and addictive laddoos.

Harini-Jaya R said...

This is my kind of a sweet as well. Quick Easy and Healthy!!

Pavani N said...

Quick, easy, healthy & delicious laddoos.

Padmajha PJ said...

Looks perfect and healthy too.Nice one Suma:)