Dry fruits are considered to be the superlative of essential nutrients and are very beneficial for health. Dry fruits are used as a key ingredient in a number of Indian sweets and other desserts. Last year my family sent me this ladoo from hyderabad. At first I was not much interested to try, as I am not that interested in sweets. My husbad loves sweets and he made me try this and I loved it right away. I got this recipe from my mom-in-law.
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup pista (toasted)
1 cup Badam ( toasted)
1/2 cup Cashewnuts ( optional)
2 tbsp sugar
2-3 tsp ghee
1 Tsp elachi powder
2-3 pinches safforn( lightly toasted)
Dry roast pista and badam separately and cool them. Chop pista, badam, cashewnuts and dates into small peices. Heat pan on low flame, add sugar and 1 tbsp water and stir. Once the sugar dissolves add chopped dates and mix well. Dates will start melting slowly. It takes approximately 10-12 mins. Make sure the flame is in low always. Once the dates mixture starts to come together add the chopped nuts and elachi powder. Turn off the heat and add toasted safforn and mix well. Grease a plate with ghee and shift the ladoo mixture. Spread the mix and allow it to cool for few minutes, till you can handle. Shape it into bite size balls and store it in a air tight container.
Notes and tips
To make things done quickly I use microwave to toast the nuts. Just place the nuts on a clean tissue paper and on the microwave for 2-3 mintues. Keep an eye on the them as they can burn very quickly. You can even dry roast on stove top or use a conventional oven ( good when making large quantity). Paccha Karpooram provides a very unique taste in foods. If available you can add it but use only the tiniest amount, a few small grains will flavor an entire recipe. I usually leave ladoos at room temperature, you can refridgerate.
Buy dates which are soft and creamy then you can reduce the sugar. Sugar is just added for binding and texture.