The winter is here and with everything else that comes with it, we love the food that we can cook (especially if you like sugar, sweet and a tasty treat). Exploring traditional sweets over the winter is a great way to be busy in the kitchen and will win you plenty of smiles over the dinner table. One of the best sweets to make in the winter is Gond ke ladoo! Yes, we heard you go ‘sluuuurp’! 🙂
Gond is edible gum that is extracted from tree barks and is easily available in most online grocery stores. When you buy gond, deep fry them till they get fluffy and they powder them so that you can use them for cooking. Gond is a delicacy in Rajastahan and is just perfect any time of the day along with a glass of milk too.
First off, here are the ingredients you would need. Gond powder (3 tbsps), 5 tbsp of ghee, 1 cup of whole wheat flour, half a cup of sugar, 1 tsp of cardamom and 2 cups of ghee required to deep fry. All the ingredients here are easily available in a departmental store or even better bought from an online grocer. It would hardly take you over a minute to get all this listed out and can be delivered to your doorstop in no time.
How to prepare? First, heat the 4 tbsp of ghee in a non stick pan. This would take a couple of minutes and you can heat it gently on a low flame till you get a nice aroma from it. Add the whole wheat flour that has been powdered and roast it over a medium flame for 5-7 minutes. Keep stirring continuously so that the mixture does not settle at the bottom at any time. Once you have done this for about 5-7 minutes, leave it aside to cool down completely.
Then heat the ghee which you have kept aside for deep frying. Place this in a deep non stick pan and deep fry the gond for a few minutes. You would know when the gond has been heated enough as the gond pieces would puff up. When most of the gond pieces are almost puffed up, drain this on an absorbent paper and keep it aside.
Once this is done, put the powdered sugar, gond that is fried, cardamom powder, a tbsp of ghee and the roasted whole wheat flour into a bowl.
Keep mixing for a few minutes and let the mixture settle. Once done, roll fistfuls into small balls shaped to perfection. You can also add small pieces of cashew nuts too for taste. This recipe for gond ke ladoo would be able to make close to 15-18 ladoos and each would be close to about 15gms. If you feel that the balls are not holding shape, use some sugar syrup to help. It would make gond ke ladoo a little sweeter but would be perfect in shape. Serve as it is and a glass of milk along with it is just yummy!