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March 9, 2015

From My Home Kitchen Turns 5 !!! - Dry Fruit and Nut Ladoo


From My Home Kitchen turns 5 !!!! Definitely time for celebration. I can't believe it has been 5 years since I had started the blog. I have enjoyed every moment I had invested in the blog. It has been a wonderful journey till today. Though my number of recipes have drastically gone down due to other works my excitement has never gone down a bit. I feel so bad that I'm not posting regularly but at the same time I do not want to post something just for the sake of it. I enjoy every phase of developing a post and wish I could it do it everyday. A Blog Anniversary will not be complete without thanking the people who have helped through out these 5 long years. A big thank you to my Family, Friends and Readers who truly motivate me to keep the blog running.

Coming to the recipe I did not want to post a cake for the blog anniversary.As MK's birthday falls on the same day and he complains that I make the cake for the blog and not for him. So this time I wanted to make something sweet but easy. I always wanted to try the dry fruit and nut ladoo but was not sure how it will taste because I'm not a big fan of dates. My co-sister made this for Diwali and I loved it. So decided to make it for the anniversary. Everyone loved it and the ladoos got over in 2 days. Definitely worth trying !! Thanks again for all the love and support !!


Preparation Time - 10 minutes

Cooking Time - 10 minutes

Yields - 15 - 18 ladoo

Ingredients

Dates - 20
Cashews - 10 -12 no
Almonds - 15 no
Pistachios - 10 no
Poppy Seeds - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Cardamom Powder - 1 pinch

Preparation
  • Remove seeds from Dates if using seeded variety.
  • Grind the dates into a smooth paste.
  • Dry roast the Cashews, Almonds and Pistachios in medium flame for about 6 - 8 minutes. Allow it to cool down and pulse it few times in a mixer. Do not grind it. You need to have chunks of the nuts.
Method
  • In a non stick pan add 1 tsp of ghee in medium flame.
  • Add the ground dates and saute until the dates becomes soft and absorbs all of the ghee. It will take about 5 minutes.
  • Add the nuts and mix so that the nuts gets evenly distributed for about 2 minutes or so.
  • Add cardamom powder, poppy seeds and mix well.
  • Switch of the flame and use a wooden spoon and saute for about 2 - 3 minutes so that the dates and nuts are mixed well.
  • At this stage the dates will be soft and it will be easy to handle.
  • Take small portions of the date and nut mixture and shape them into balls.
  • You can make 15 - 18 ladoos. Store the Date and Nut ladoo in air tight container.
My Notes
  • You can keep the ladoo in room temperature for about 5 - 7 days.
  • You can add other dry fruits like raisins, dried apricots, figs etc.,
  • You can also other nuts as per your preference.
  • If you are making in large quantities grind the dates in batches else it will spoil your mixer.
  • Do not burn your nuts. It will spoil the taste of your ladoo.

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