Today I present to you a nutritious and healthy sugar-free dry fruits laddu recipe made with red poha as base. These laddus are ideal for toddlers above one year.
Ever wondered, why most of the diet regimes recommend having a handful of dry fruits every day. It is because dry fruits are a fab source of essential fats, minerals, vitamins and proteins for the body.
Including dry fruits in your child’s diet can have immense health benefits.
Moms, you can also have these dry fruits laddu as your nutrient supplement and trust me it is a guilt free pleasure. Laddus can be served as snack or a sweet item in the snack box or an evening snack along with milk. You can also check out sesame laddu recipe for kids.
Red poha, aval, avil or flattened rice is a versatile ingredient. You can make a variety of sweet and savory recipes using the red poha.
Red poha has numerous advantages as well as it is packed with iron which is essential for growing children, pregnant and lactating women. It is low in gluten content making it an ideal base for our laddus. It is also very easy to digest and so is easy on stomach.
Benefits of dry fruits ladoo for toddlers and kids:
The dry fruit laddoos are very good alternatives to health bars and chocolates. The nutritional benefits of dry fruit laddos or laddus are as follows.
- Rich in iron
- Low gluten
- Source of protein
- Rich in essential fats and vitamins
For this recipe, we will be making a powder out of roasted dry fruits and poha. Add jaggery, cardamom powder, ghee and make laddus.
This laddu recipe is super quick and can be made by anybody as chances of failure are very less.
Dry fruits laddu recipe – preparation method:
I am using almonds/badam, walnuts/akhrot, pistachio/pista and raisins/kismis for today’s recipe. Please feel free to add your favorite dry fruits like cashew nuts / hazelnuts and try the process.
Roast all dry fruits except raisins or kismis in a heavy bottom kadai. Transfer into a bowl and let it cool completely.
Roast red poha for 4 to 5 minutes in the same tava on medium flame until crisp. Grind both roasted dry fruits and crispy poha to a powder. Add powdered jaggery and cardamom.
Take 2 tablespoons of hot ghee and add it to the powdered mix. Keep mixing until you can roll balls out of the mixture. Once you get the consistency to roll a laddu out of the mixture, make balls out of it using ghee as required.
Our sugar-free nutty dry fruits laddus are ready.
- Red poha, aval or flattened rice – 1 cup
- Dry fruits (I have used almonds, walnuts, pistachios and raisins) – ½ cup
- Powdered jaggery – ½ cup
- Cardamom – 2 nos / Cardamom powder – 1 pinch
- Ghee – 4 to 6 tablespoon
- Heat a thick bottomed pan and add 1 tsp of ghee and add in the dry fruits (except raisins/kismis). Roast them on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Keep aside to cool off.
- In the same pan, add in the red poha or Aval. Roast on medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Do not roast the poha on a high flame as it may lose its taste then. Once the poha is crisp, remove from the flame and let it come to normal temperature.
- Grind the roasted poha and dry fruit mixture along with kismis for few seconds to get a lightly crushed mixture/ powder.
- Add in the powdered jaggery and cardomom powder to the mixture. Mix really well .
- Heat the ghee slightly and add the 2 tbsp of ghee to the jaggery and poha mix . Keep mixing for approximately a minute till you are able to make a laddu out of the mixture. In case the mixture is dry, add little more ghee. The quantity of ghee required depends on the nuts . So add the ghee only if needed.
- Take small amount of mixture in your hand and roll it out in the form of a ball or laddu.
Try to give only one laddu a day for kids as more than that may be heavy for tiny stomachs.
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Do you like dry fruits laddus? Is your little one fond of dry fruits? How do you make them eat dry fruits? Is there any other ways you make dry fruit ladoos at home? Share with me in comments please.