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Gond Ke Laddu

3 weeks ago / by Melanie Fourie

A fragrant mouthful of taste, health and energy

Edible gum made from plants, known as “gond,” have been a crowd-pleaser in traditional sweets. The gond, wheat flour, almonds, desiccated coconut, cashews, jaggery, and ghee come together in the delicious and nourishing gond ke laddu.

A tasty delicacy enjoyed by people throughout northern India. these high-energy snacks to protect themselves from catching cold in the winter. To that end, here are a few benefits of consuming gond ke laddu, and an easy recipe for you to make it.

The Joys of Ghee

This dish contains good cholesterol, thanks to the ghee, which does not increase the risk of heart disease. Ghee also coats the digestive tract, protecting it from cancer and ulcers. It contains butyric acid, which spurs the production of the protective T cells in the immune system and fights cancer. Besides, it is rich with oil-soluble vitamins A and E, antioxidants important for liver function, maintenance of hormone levels, including in the thyroid, weight maintenance, and sperm quality. These, and the fat content, a natural emollient, helps keep the skin in good condition. Ghee is moisturizing, which is great for the scalp, and its vitamin E helps thicken hair. Other benefits include better bone health, appetite, toxic reduction and calmness. And yes, flavor.

The Promise of Cashews

The cashews in gond ke laddu have fatty acids, potassium, antioxidants and other compounds that are good for your heart. It also corrects the ratio of good to bad cholesterol, and reduce inflammation. Magnesium, potassium, and the amino acid L-arginine relaxes arteries, thus reducing blood pressure. Though it has a lot of calories, cashews also have fiber that helps cut blood sugar. Limit yourself to 3-5 cashews a day, nonetheless.

It has zinc, which is important for the immune system. Then, there is copper, which is important to produce collagen, work with fatty acids, to maintain healthy hair, and increase iron. It also has calcium, which is vital for bones.

Cashews have lutein and zeaxanthin, important to protect eyes from sunlight and better eye health in later years. It also contains zinc, known to increase sperm count.

Antioxidants like vitamin E in almonds also lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and increase blood flow. It also prevents cell damage, and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Too much vitamin E, though, has been linked to a higher risk of prostrate cancer.

What Almonds Bring to the Table

Almond consumption has been linked to weight loss, better eyesight, skin maintenance, and reduced risk of anemia, anxiety, hair loss, premature birth, and cancer.

Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 tbsp ghee
  • ½ cup gond
  • tbsp crushed cashews
  • 2 tbsp almonds
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1½ cups desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • ¾ cup dry seedless dates
  • ¼tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1 cup jaggery
  • 2 tbsp water

METHOD

  1. Roast half a cup of gond in increments of a quarter cup in hot ghee on a tawa.
  2. Make a powder out of the gond by hand – or a rolling pin.
  3. Roast poppy seeds and dried fruit, and 1 ½ cups of desiccated coconut.
  4. Mix 2 tablespoons of ghee with the khajur powder and roast the mixture on low heat.
  5. Mix the powdered roasted khajur with the gond mixture.
  6. Add a little of cardamom and nutmeg.
  7. Make sure all the dried fruits are evenly distributed by thoroughly mixing them. Keep aside.
  8. Add jaggery nectar to the bowl of dried fruit and stir until everything is evenly coated.
  9. While the solution remains warm, make the laddus.