Dry fruits laddu / dry fruits ladoo step-by-step recipe with photos.
Nuts, dates, raisins, and absolutely no sugar! Can a snack get this good? Of course yes!
About this recipe
These little wonder bites can be put together in minutes and stay fresh for a week when stored in an airtight container. I don’t have to even mention how healthy the ingredients that go into them are. They taste absolutely divine.
As a child, I remember eating these dry fruit laddu mostly during festivals. They were one of my favourites. Now I make and store them regularly. These are my husband’s favourite snacks! My daughter never says No to them and loves munching on them…
Dates: I use plain pitted dates to make the laddu.
Ghee: I use homemade ghee to make the laddu.
Almonds, cashew, and raisins: I add almonds, cashew, and raisins. You may add any nuts of your choice here.
Poppy seeds: This is an optional ingredient; however, I highly recommend not skipping it.
Cardamom powder: This adds a nice aroma and flavour to the laddu.
To make these laddus, I blitz pitted dates in the food processor. I saute poppy seeds and nuts in a pan with some ghee. I mix in the pitted dates and combine until it comes together. The dates bind the entire mixture together. While the mixture is still hot, I make small balls out of it. Done. Simple, healthy snack ready in minutes.
PS: In case you are wondering, in India, dry fruits means nuts (cashew, almonds, pistachio, walnuts, etc. but excludes peanuts) along with dried fruits (dates, raisins, figs, apricot, etc.).
Tips for making the best laddu
Make the laddus while the mixture is still hot.
Make sure the dates are blitzed well else they will not bind together.
You may use desiccated coconut either while making the laddoos or use them as a garnish. You can also roll the laddu in chopped pistachio or any other nut of your choice.
Cardamom powder is optional, but it gives a wonderful aroma and taste to the laddus.
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This laddu is:
- very healthy
- completely sugar-free
- can be made in less than 30 minutes
- very easy to make and suitable for beginners
- perfect for festivals and celebrations
- great as a snack too
Step by step instructions
1. Roughly chop the nuts and set them aside
2. Roughly chop the dates. Start blitzing the dates in a food processer or mixie
3. Keep processing until they come together like a ball
4. Heat ghee and add poppy seeds
5. Next, add the chopped nuts and fry on low flame
6. Next, add raisins
7. Break the dates into pieces and add them next.
8. Keep mixing on low flame
9. The entire mixture will come together
10. Shape them in laddu form while the mixture is still warm
Dry fruit laddu rolled in pistachio
Dry fruits laddu rolled in desiccated coconut
Dry fruits laddu
- ½ cup cashew
- ½ cup almonds
- 1 cup dates pitted
- A handful raisins
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- Roughly chop the nuts and set aside
- Chop the dates and blitz them in a food processor or mixie
- In a frying pan, heat ghee. Add poppy seeds and chopped nuts and stir for 2-3 minutes until they are aromatic
- Add raisins and stir for a few seconds
- Reduce the flame. Add the chopped dates and mix well
- Mix for 4-5 minutes stirring continuously till it comes together to form a ball. The dates bind the whole mixture together
- Add cardamom powder and mix well
- Turn off the heat and let it stand for 2-3 minutes
- While it is still warm, make small round shapes
- Dry fruit laddus are ready to be served or stored
- Make the laddoos while the mixture is still hot
- Make sure the dates are blitzed well else they will not bind together
- Cardamom powder is optional, but it gives a wonderful aroma and taste to the laddoos
- You may use desiccated coconut either while making the laddoos or use them as a garnish
- You may roll the laddu in chopped pistachio or any other nut of your choice