Friday, April 6, 2007

Khajoor Kaju ke laddu

Khajoor Kaju ke laddu
I love dates/Khajoor, especially the plump ones. Dates/Khajoor are loaded with Calcium,Iron, Folic acid and fiber.Dates have been a staple food of the Middle East for thousands of years. They are believed to have originated around the Persian Gulf, and have been cultivated since ancient times. Dates are used in a wide variety of dishes in the middle east/ Arabic region from stuffed desserts,to breads,puddings and even Beer.
Dates also have a medicinal value as a cleansing agent and as a astringent in intestinal troubles, also apparently helps in reducing hangover's too.Last week sent entry of Jalepeno Bhajj's for letter J,this weeks its "K" for Khajoor ke laddo for Nupur's A-Z vegetable series

This recipe uses tons of nuts, any type of nuts except peanuts can be used. Today used Pistachio and Cashew nuts, other nuts that will go well with Kajoor are Pecans, Walnuts and roasted Almonds.

Kajoor ke laddu's are very easy to prepare and it literally takes few minutes

Ingredients

1 cup Khajoor pitted and cut into small cubes
1 cup choice of unsalted nuts
pinch of Cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp Ghee

Process
1. Heat a tbsp of ghee in a pan on low heat
2. Add chopped nuts and fry till they turn brown
3. now add chopped Khajoor and mix well, make sure its in low flame
4. A minute or two Khajoor will melt and will start forming into a sticky mush
5. mix nuts and Khajoor well until everything forms into a big lump ,this takes about 2 minutes on medium
6. remove from heat and allow it to cool for few minutes , while its still warm add oil on your palm and take a small portion and roll into a ball
7. additionally roll these balls into dessicated coconut and coat well

This makes a very delicious dessert, has a chewy consistency nuts and Khajoor compliment taste very well and give an excellent texture.Khajoor ke ladoo's are specially an excellent food for expectant mothers.Tuck these in the snack box and kids would love to eat after a soccer game.stays well for a weeks,expect that these disappear much quicker
Picture of dates, courtesy Wiki

5 comments:

Coffee said...

Something which I was looking out for!!! :) My ma makes it the same way!! :)Thanks dear :)

Madhavi said...

Lovely picture! Instead of eating sweets which have tons of sugar in it, making laddus with nuts and dates is a very good idea.
Good one...
Madhavi.

Sreelu said...

Coffee and Madhavi,
Glad you guys liked this.It is indeed very easy to make and can be eaten guilt free :)

Esther said...

Hi Sri, good alternative for refined sugar sweets and perfect to satisfy that sweet tooth. Will surely try it. Liked your spring colours too. Happy blogging.

Jenni Malsingh said...

These ladoo look lovely, I am always looking for healthy mithai. I myself make a ladoo from cashew nuts and channa dal, sweetened with jaggery. You can see some pictures on my blog, if you are interested: http://mangosoup.blogspot.com/2009/08/channa-dal-and-cashew-fudge.html

 
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