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Dry Fruits Laddu (Dink Laadu/Antina Unde)

There are many dishes that are prepared specially for lactating mothers. Many of these dishes have loads of ghee – it was a common belief that ghee which gives the necessary fats/calories and overcomes weakness and some other healthy ingredients. One very popular preparation is this dry fruits laddu – Dink Laadu or Dinkache Laadu(Marathi) or Antina Unde(Kannada). These laddus can be eaten by anyone, not just lactating mothers. They are very delicious.

Dink is the edible gum. You can read more about it here and here. We found this edible gum in Indian store here. Normally the dink laddus have dry coconut, poppy seeds(khus khus) and dry fruits. We used all kinds of dry fruits that we had. Usually Kharik/Kharuk(dried dates) is used in this recipe, but since we did not have that, we used normal dates.

1 cup jaggery
1/2 cup dry coconut (kopra/kobbari) (we used desiccated coconut)
1/2 cup water
2 tea spns ghee
1/8 tea spn nutmeg powder
1/8 tea spn cardamom powder
1 date cut into tiny pieces
1 tbl spn raisins
1 tbl spn edible gum(dink/anTu)
2 tbl spn cashews chopped into small pieces
2 tbl spns walnuts chopped into small pieces
2 tbl spns almonds chopped into small pieces
2 tbl spns poppy seeds (khus khus)

Dry roast coconut till it tuns slightly brownish. Take it out on a clean plate.
Heat ghee and add edible gum. The gum puffs up like small balloons. With a spoon take out on a plate, leaving behind any remaining ghee in the pan.
Add the cashews, almonds and walnuts, fry till they start to turn brown. Add poppy seeds and fry till they pop. Add raisins and dates and fry for few moments. Take out on same plate.
Bring to boil 1/2 cup water, add jaggery and cook till it forms syrup. To know whether the syrup is done, take some water on a plate and put a drop of syrup on it. If it sits like a crystal, syrup is done.
Add all the fried ingredients and mix well. Add nutmeg and cardamom powder. Mix well.
Make laddus when the mixture is still warm. Apply some ghee to palms before trying to hold the warm mixture. If the mixture dries out, sprinkle some water and heat it for few seconds.

Makes about 12 laddus

PS: If you are calories conscious, reduce the quantity of ghee and use just enough to fry the ingredients.


In the below picture, the crystals on the right are edible gum pieces.

Below picture shows puffed up edible gum.

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{ 28 comments… add one }

  • Manju Rajender May 27, 2010, 10:57 am

    Howz ur little wonder doing ? I am happy that you find time inbetween you bc schedule. Hope this recipe will be useful for lactating moms. If I eat this I will gain kilos :)

  • shankari May 27, 2010, 11:10 am

    Thanks Aunty! I tasted this at a friend’s house once and always wanted to learn how to make it.

  • kavita May 27, 2010, 11:42 am

    Thank you aunty for sharing delicious and nutrious laddu recipe. Luckily all the items are easily availble here. Going to try it this weekend. Thanks.

  • Aruna May 27, 2010, 12:16 pm

    We used to get such good dink laadoos in Mumbai, that no one at home ever tried making them.

  • Kiran May 27, 2010, 12:28 pm

    Hi How are you and your little one?Nice to see you back with one more delicious and wonderful recipe.Laddo looks very tempting and delicious.

  • Apu May 27, 2010, 4:15 pm

    These look yummy.

  • Suman May 27, 2010, 5:10 pm

    love these ladoos, my mom-in-law made this when my son was born…have to take this every day with a glass of milk…yours look perfect and delicious…thanks for sharing this!

  • nirupama May 28, 2010, 7:53 am

    Varada aunty,
    Lovely piece of sweet, My marathi friend Amruta, got me some from pune when iwas convalesing after a uterus problem. very tasty and energy giving

  • Roopa May 28, 2010, 10:44 am

    Oh My Shilpa, i miss these laddus so much ! I used to pester aayi so much that she give me more than one a day after my son :P

  • Anupama May 29, 2010, 8:32 pm

    Varada aunty, a section on post-partum recipes, or “Balanthi” section was so much needed. Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe. I am yet to try even & I know they will be delicious. We look forward to more recipes for lactating mothers. Thanks a lot again. Hope Shilpa & her new-born son are doing fine.

  • Smylee June 1, 2010, 8:18 am

    very nice

  • Aarya June 2, 2010, 12:38 pm

    I love the laddu, so I tried this recipe. But the amount of jaggery seemed to be too much for me. I may be wrong but is it supposed to be 1/2 cup jaggery or 1 cup. Thanks. Pls do reply,as the taste was amazing except for the sweetness.

    • Shilpa June 3, 2010, 6:20 pm

      Aarya, The sweetness depends on type of jaggery. Some types are more sweeter than others. You can increase or reduce the amount according to your taste.

  • PreeOccupied June 3, 2010, 5:42 pm

    These laddus look awesome. I am sure it will keep you healthy too. My grandmother’s side of the family had these laddus made for the womenfolk of the family every winter. The famous Gond and Soth ke Laddu with lots of dry fruits. We use sugar instead of jaggery.

  • anusha June 25, 2010, 9:32 am

    Aunty this was a nice recipe and I was looking from long time.

    could you pl.s give some more recipes which is good to have after having baby. Thanks

  • vinuthavasanth August 24, 2011, 7:17 pm

    Thaks a lot for the gum laddu. It is really yummy. Kindly tell me when to give this laddu after delivery of the baby.

    Once again thanks for the same.

    • Shilpa August 28, 2011, 10:11 pm

      I started eating it almost a month after my son was born. I guess it can be consumed before that also.

  • mithila kshirsagr January 25, 2012, 5:16 am

    Varada aunty
    thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe..i will make this in this winter….. which is very gud for healthe in winter……
    thank alot….

  • Sunitha Dsa June 6, 2012, 4:07 am

    We dont find edible gum here in Doha, Qatar. Is there anyother option?

    • Shilpa June 6, 2012, 3:30 pm

      Leave it out and follow remaining recipe

  • sarayu May 9, 2013, 4:31 pm

    Were will u ind edible um in us? is it available in walmart? if yes, wat brand u used shilpa?

    • Shilpa May 9, 2013, 10:01 pm

      I got it from Indian store. There was only one available.

  • Namrata August 14, 2013, 3:59 am

    I have a doubt regarding the texture of these ladoos ! Won’t the jaggery lend them a chewy texture ? I want smooth ladoos , what should I do ?

    • Shilpa August 14, 2013, 4:33 pm

      No, they weren’t chewy

  • ritha kulkarni August 24, 2013, 10:43 am

    we make these laddus for janmashtami, and we add some dry ginger powder and black pepper powder

  • rupa October 18, 2013, 1:01 pm

    Thanks aunty for sharing u r delicious ladoo recipe n I will try it tommrow

  • R D MAURYA June 15, 2014, 10:13 am

    Nicely described the ingredients and manner of preparation but it is difficult to prepare in every household. I would like to know availability in Delhi/ NCR.

    Kindly provide address and telephone number etc.

  • srujana June 17, 2014, 7:20 am

    soooooo :) tasty awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :P

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