My 228th recipe, “Fruit and Nut Ladoo”, a healthy Indian Diwali sweet recipe. I had started preparing snacks and sweets for Diwali from last week. I wanted to wrap up my Diwali preparations by making something healthy. While it is not wrong to gorge upon sweets during diwali, it is always not needed to be in that way. We can always make healthy snacks/sweets too, if we wish. This fruit and nuts ladoo is particularly rich in iron and has all the other health benefits you need as well.
It just has the natural sweetness from the dates, raisins and with no added sugar, it surely is a wonderful addition to the list of sweets I make. The dates adds a nice chewiness to the ladoo, while the nuts add a nice texture and together makes this easy dessert super delicious. In case, you are still looking for recipes for preparing sweets for this Diwali, then jump on to this opportunity, as this is the perfect one you can make in no time 😉
“Happy Diwali” to all my friends who are celebrating. Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, usually celebrated in the month of October or November. It signifies the victory of good over evil. Just like most of the other Hindus, this festival is one of my most very favorite and close to my heart. Year after year, my mom would wake me up very early in the morning on this day. But anyways I would be only half asleep, since I myself would be eagerly awaiting the sun to rise.
Just before sunrise, my mom would do a small pooja by placing gingelly oil, shikai (a powder which is used as shampoo), turmeric powder and new dresses before the lord and offer him prayers. Then we would apply the oil to our hairs and quickly I would take my bath and be the first person to happily wear my new dress. Then the rest of the day will be filled with bursting crackers, sparklers, good food, sweets, more pooja and basically everything which is fun. Truly a memorable day to celebrate with your family and friends.
Fruit and Nut Ladoo
Fruit and Nut Ladoo is a healthy, easy to make, delicious Indian sweet recipe perfect to make for Diwali, Holi, etc . It is made with dates and lot of nuts.
- Pistachio - 15
- Almonds - 10
- Cashews - 10
- Dates - 25
- Raisins - 2 Tbsp
- Ghee - 2 tsp
- Cardamom Powder - 1 large pinch
- First chop the pistachio, almonds, cashews finely and keep aside. It measured a little more than 1/4 cup for me. Also, deseed and roughly chop up the dates.
- Add the roughly chopped dates and raisins to a blender/food processor/mixie and pulse 2 to 3 times until it is finely chopped.
- Heat a pan with 1/2 tsp of the ghee and roast the chopped nuts until a nice aroma arises and cashews turn golden. Transfer it to a plate and keep it aside.
- To the same pan, add the remaining 1 1/2 tsp ghee and the dates, raisin mixture. Saute for about 2-3 mins until the dates soften.
- Now, add the chopped and roasted nuts, cardamom powder to the pan and mix well until combined. Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool down.
- Once the mixture cools down, slightly grease your palms and make small balls out of the mixture.
- Store in an airtight container in room temperature and enjoy.
- Choice and quantity of the nuts can be changed based on your preference.
- You can use dry figs along with dates.
- Vegans can skip the ghee and dry roast the nuts, dates.
- While sauteing the dates, be sure not to overcook them. Or else the sugars may burn and the ladoo will taste bitter or else the sugar might caramelize and ladoo will harden after cooling.
- Slightly grease the mixie jar or food processor before pulsing the dates. This will help the dates not stick to the jar.
- I chopped nuts for other use as well. The nuts shown in the Step 1 pic is more than the quantity needed for this recipe.