Wheat Flour and Gaund Ladoos
My affair with these ladoos began when Niki was about 3 years old and was a very picky eater like most toddlers are. She only drank smoothies 3 times a day for a very long time. Tried introducing different foods but I didn’t succeed in getting her to eat.
Flashback few years when Niki was born. Hubby’s buaji (Dad’s sister) and my mother-in-law made gaund or edible gum ladoos for post delivery. I instantly fell in love with the ladoos.
Back to when Niki was 3 years, I tried making these ladoos and the rest is history. She loved them and always asked for more.
Gaund or edible gum is known for its medicinal properties. It gives warmth during the winter months and so keeps cold and cough at bay, good for general weakness or as a healthy snack. Edible gum or gaund is derived from the sap of Acacia tree. The goodness of ghee, edible gum, wheat flour, besan and coconut flour along with fragrant cardamom and they are refined sugar free.
About 1 hour
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup besan
- 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 3-4 tbsp gaund or edible gum
- 1-1 ½ cup jaggery or sugar
- 2 tsp cardamom powder
- 4 tbsp sliced almonds
- 2 tbsp raisins, optional
- 1 cup ghee
Roast coconut flour in 1 tbsp ghee for about 5 minutes until fragrant. Keep aside.
Roast besan in 2 tbsp for 10-12 minutes until fragrant. Keep aside.
Roast wheat flour in 4 tbsp for 12-14 minutes until fragrant. Keep aside.
In the same pan roast raisins for 2-3 minutes, if adding. Keep aside.
Add edible gum in the pan with 2 tbsp ghee and fry until it puffs up and makes popping sound, about 5 minutes. Cool and crush coarsely.
Mix the flours, nuts, cardamom edible gum and the remaining 7 tbsp ghee in a big bowl. Smear ghee on your hands and make ladoos. Store in an airtight container.
Notes: If you do not have coconut flour you can powder it in the blender or use dessicated coconut.
Ghee: 1 cup equals 16 tbsp, used 9 tbsp to roast the flours and gaund, remaining 7 tbsp to form/make ladoos. You can always more or less ghee depending on your preference.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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