Dates are sugars with sweet benefits. They are nutrition powerhouse. Dates are wonderfully delicious super fruits which carry natural sugar and high fiber. A natural toffee without plastic wrap. If you are like me – not keen on sweets made of white sugar, flour, and other low-quality ingredients, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, then meet your new BFF. Adding dates to your diet is the smart decision. With some planning and knowledge, you can safely replace white sugar with dates in several recipes. Cutting down processed sugars is tough. Scoring the health benefits, dates make your life sweet.
The high fiber in dates relieves constipation, prevents intestinal problems, hemorrhoids. Dates are loaded with potassium, iron, minerals, vitamins, yet low in cholesterol and fat. Potassium helps to reduce cholesterol and keeps the risk of a stroke at low. Dates can be eaten by themselves or in cakes and sweets. Condiments, cakes, sweets, salads are a few variations to use dates in. Keeping dates at home helps you munching on healthy sweet. You are satisfying the sweet tooth in a healthy way.
I am a huge fan of traditional boondi laddus, but not so keen on trying to enjoy them while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Anything deep-fried and then dipped in white sugar syrup is obviously going to be high in calories, none of them doing a whole lot for you. I knew there was a better way, so I started making laddus with healthier ingredients that don’t compromise on taste. My all-natural, diet-friendly laddus are made with dates and poppy-seed, two ingredients jam-packed with minerals (magnesium, potassium, iron), omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. Poppy seeds, in particular, are known to reduce hypertension and improve eye, kidney, skin, hair and nail health.
Like most cultural celebrations, food forms a major part of Indian festival experience. Carts sell sweet and spicy food on nearly every street throughout the festival season, and families and friends watch the festivities or relax afterwards over sweets. Food is also a major part of the Indian identity. Children grow up at their mothers’ apron strings, watching as families come together to cook and chat. As adults, they return to bring the family recipes to life and catch up on everything that’s happened between visits. To cook Indian food is a window into what it is to be Indian, and I intend to give each of my readers that authentic experience.
And I mean authentic. Both the cultural roots of my recipes and modern health consciousness inform my food philosophies. Traditional Indian cuisine evolved over centuries before ingredients were invented in a lab or waterlogged inside a can; if it doesn’t use real India-native ingredients, it’s just not real Indian food. And while I won’t bore you with pages after page of studies, the human body was never intended to use fuel pumped up with artificial ingredients and stretched over months by chemical preservatives. These recipes were a gift from my ancestors, using the ingredients they had available to craft delicious, time-tested recipes, and I intend to honor that gift.
Comparable to “bliss ball” truffles in the West, rava laddu is a no-bake treat that’ll save you time without a compromise on flavor. To be more precise, laddu is no-bake, no chocolate bliss balls or no-bake, no chocolate truffles. Dates n poppy-seed laddu is an all-natural, high-quality, and seriously tasty dessert you can make and have any time. In addition to its easy recipe and great taste, dates laddu will wow you with its long shelf life. It will stay fresh for three to four weeks, which can be extended by refrigerating and avoiding milk in the recipe.
Dates, poppy-seed, and walnut laddu is an all-natural and high-quality and tasty dessert you can ever have. Don’t settle down with store-bought low-quality sweets. Making your own laddu is easier than you think. Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade, natural, high-quality sweets.
- 1 cup finely chopped dates
- ½ cup poppy seeds
- ¼th cup walnuts
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2-3 tbsp fresh ghee
- ½ tsp - fresh ground cardamom
- Chop dates to 1 cm pieces. I used Vidalia chopper. Easy and fast way to cut.
- Roast poppy seeds in 2-3 drops of ghee till the raw smell is gone.
- Roast walnuts and let them cool. Then snap them into small pieces.
- In a bowl, add dates, poppy seeds. Add little by little honey. Mix well. You should feel sticky and should be able to form laddus. If you cannot, add more honey and mix well.
- Add dates, cardamom, and ghee. Mix well. If the mixture is not sticky enough, add more honey.
- Make about 1½ inch balls.