I have had this idea of “gond ke laddo (antina unde)” written up in my nice little scrap book for at least 3 weeks now. The name “antina unde” sat there happily right next to all my other potential Diwali sweets and snack recipes, most of which have already erased off or replaced by something new. Because I actually made them and posted them. For whatever reason this little, cute healthy thing lingered. Another week would have passed with no sign of laddo magic, but I didn’t want to erase it off. Because I have some reluctance towards healthy, super food and not likely miss a chance to post them.
Gond is a Hindi term referring to a kind of gum that is edible and health friendly. You can buy gond in any grocery store that typically looks like translucent golden yellow bulb. In raw form, it is rock hard and doesn’t seem to be edible. But roasting the gond in little ghee makes it to puff up and double up in size. It gives nice crunch to the food whichever it’s been part of. And in this gond ke laddo recipe, it adds incredible taste and crunch which your mouth would linger for longer.
The authentic recipe of gond ke laddo calls for “DRY DATES” which I have replaced here by normal “DATES”. Because you know, being an UAE resident, dates are more near to my heart than their dried counter parts. But you can choose your favorite. And nuts options are endless here, like you can add cashews, almonds, raisins, walnuts and pistachio. As you are making a super energetic sweet, it is nuts rich and seems bit expensive. But believe me it’s WORTH it. Gond ke laddo can be given as nourishing food from kids to adults to lactating mothers.