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When we are talking about Diwali how can we forget about sweets? So today I am sharing a recipe of ladoo which is different from normal sweets. I am sharing the recipe of Dry Fruit Ladoo on this auspicious occasion. You can call it Dates & Nuts Ladoo. They are also known as Energy Balls as the ingredients present in this ball gives you instant energy. As you are going through the post and each line gives you a different name of a same dish. This is also known as no-cook dates and dry fruit truffles.
Here we are not going to use any sweetener like sugar or jaggery or any other artificial sweetener. The ingredients of the ladoo itself will contribute their own sweetness to this ladoo. So you can say the dry fruit ladoo has natural sweetness. This is also known as energy balls because it has lots of dry fruits and nuts which can give you instant energy when you are feeling low or when you need some calorie. I have used dates, dried figs, prunes, raisins, cashews, walnuts and almonds. If you want you can add pistachios, black raisins or apricots etc. Not only in festive occasions, you can just make them over weekends and enjoy throughout your busy weekdays. Working women can carry them to office and instead of eating fried food or cream biscuits you can have a ladoo (just like our cartoon character Chota Bheem :P) to get energy.
What are the ingredients I can use in Dry Fruit and Nuts Ladoo?
There is no restriction what you can add or what you can’t in your dry fruit ladoos. Add your preferred choice of nuts and dry fruits. However, dates is a must have ingredient for this ladoo as it will help in binding and plays a role of sweetener. You can add dried figs, apricot, raisins, prunes, dried berries, etc as dry fruits. Earlier availability of certain dry fruits were rare and difficult. Now you can easily procure any of your favourite dry fruits and nuts via e-commerce websites sitting at your home. Similarly, you can use your preferred nuts including cashews, pistachio, walnut, almond, pecan, etc in your energy balls.
Apart from dry fruits and nuts, what are the other ingredients I can use in Dates and Nuts Ladoo?
There are plenty of ingredients you can add in your dates and nuts ladoo other than dry fruits and nuts. You may add sunflower seeds, melon seeds, sesame seeds, and dry coconuts. Also, you can give a nice coat of poppy seeds to your ladoo.
What is the shelf life of Dates and Nuts Ladoo?
You can store the energy balls in a dry container for 5 to 6 days in room temperature. If you keep it in the refrigerator for longer days.
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Yields: 6 to 8
Dry Fruit Ladoo / Dates & Nuts Ladoo / Energy Balls
Dates – 1/2 cup, Deseeded & Chopped
Dry Figs – 5 to 6 nos, chopped
Prunes – 5 to 6 nos, chopped
Raisins – 2 tablespoon
Cashew Nuts – 12 to 15 nos
Walnuts – 8 to 10 nos
Almonds – 12 to 15 nos
1. Dry roast all the nuts together and make coarse powder in a dry grinder.
2. Take chopped dates, figs, prunes and raisins in a grinder for one or two pulse. Take out the mixture in a bowl.
3. Now add that coarse nuts powder into this mixture and mix well evenly.
4. Next step is to shape them like round ladoos using your palm. If you want you can roll these balls into dry roasted poppy seeds or desiccated coconut. I kept them as it is. Store them in dry container for 5 to 6 days.