Healthy EatingLearn how to make gond ladoos to boost your immunity this winter

Learn how to make gond ladoos to boost your immunity this winter

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Not everything sweet is bad for our health and homemade ladoos are a perfect example of that. My sweetest memories of childhood are of going to my grandma’s house for the winter break. She would make all sorts of ladoos telling us that these are great for providing warmth in winters and for boosting our immune system. Let’s not forget how mouth-watering and delicious they were. Ladoos made from gond or was at the top of her list and considered them the healthiest ladoo out there! Let’s take a look at how to make gond ladoos at home.

Gond ladoos or edible gum ladoo are made from acacia gum, and are usually sourced from plant gums. In India, it is primarily found sticking to the sap of the Babool tree. Gond ladoos are easy to make and are usually made for lactating mothers who just gave birth as their body has been through a lot and gond ladoos help in their fast recovery.

Gond is a kind of edible gum with umpteen health benefits! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

But they are not just for lactating mothers, they are great for anyone and everyone. From kids to elderly, gond ladoo has health benefits for all of them. Kids will benefit from its immunity boosting properties while elderly might find relief from their joint pain after eating these ladoos. Apart from this, gond ladoos are capable of keeping your heart healthy and can also help cure your gut problems like constipation.

After reading these amazing benefits, I’m sure you can’t wait to get in your kitchen and start making these health balls, so here’s how to make gond ladoos at home.

How to make gond ladoos?

Ingredients:

* 1 cup wheat flour
* 3/4 cup powdered jaggery
* 1/2 cup ghee
* 1/3 cup gond
* 2 tablespoons grated dry coconut
* 1/4 cup almonds and cashews
* 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder (Elaichi)
* 1 tablespoon white poppy seeds (Chironji)

Method:

1. Take a heavy bottomed pan and heat 1 tbsp of ghee in it. Once the ghee has melted add the chopped almonds and cashews to it.

Almonds will make your gond ladoos healthier and tastier!

2. Fry the nuts until they turn golden brown. Nuts have to be grinded into a coarse texture, so you can either grind them and then fry or you can first fry the chopped nuts, let them cool down and then grind them.

3. Once the nuts are done, add some grated dry coconut to the pan and saute for a minute or two.

4. Take out the mixture of nuts and coconut and keep it aside on a plate.

5. Next, you need to take some clean gond and heat them in 1/4 cup ghee. Don’t confuse gond with gond katira, they are both different. You need to fry the gond until it swells and puffs up. Don’t turn off the heart until they are puffed up.

Check out this quick Health Shots video to make gond ladoo too!

6. Gond will absorb all the ghee and once that’s done, turn off the heat, let it cool and grind it in a mixer grinder.

7. Again heat up the pan and add around 3 tbsp of ghee in it. Once the ghee has melted, add wheat flour to it and roast it until it turns golden brown and doesn’t taste raw.

8. Roasting wheat flour can take some time and make sure you keep stirring continuously or the flour will get burned.

9. Once the flour is roasted, remove it from the stove and add the fried nuts and gond to it.

10. Also, add some elaichi powder and powdered jaggery. Mix all the ingredients well.

11. Now, just take small portions of the mixture and roll it into balls to make ladoo. If there is a binding problem, you can add some more ghee.

Your gond ladoos are ready to make your winters extra sweet, warm and healthy!

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