Dry fruit laddu recipe – Delicious, healthy and super quick to make energy balls. These dry fruit ladoos are great for anyone looking for healthy & nutrient dense snack. Ladoos of any kind are a favorite with my kids. So I put in some effort every week to make something quick and easy. I make dry fruit laddu very often for the mid morning snack.
To make dry fruit laddu there are no particular measurements or method to follow. Just make them the way it is convenient, quick and easy for you. In this post I have shared 2 ways to make them.
Method 1 – The quickest method is to just chop the nuts and dry fruits with a knife. Knead the dates and figs well, just add the chopped nuts and roll to balls. But to follow this method, the dates and figs need to be really very soft. If you are accessible to medjool dates and figs that are not pressed then you can follow this method.
I make it this way when I am making just 4 to 5 ladoos to finish up on the same day. This method is good when you just have to make 4 to 6 ladoos.
Dry fruit laddu recipe
Dry fruit laddu
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- ¼ cup cashews or kaju
- ¼ cup almonds or badam
- ¼ cup pista or walnuts
- 7 to 10 dates or use more if needed
- 6 to 8 dried apricots
- 3 to 5 dried figs or anjeer
- 2 tbp dried coconut or copra
- 1 tsp poppy seeds
- 1 to 2 tbsps sesame seeds or any other seeds
How to make the recipe
Preparation for dry fruit laddu
- On a medium heat dry roast almonds and cashews until slightly aromatic. Add pistas and fry for another 2 mins. Turn off the stove. You can also do this in oven. Dry roast nuts in microwave for 1 minute on high.
- Remove to a plate to cool. Add dates, apricots and figs to the hot pan and just stir them until slightly hot. This is done for shelf life. You can also skip this to prevent slight loss of nutrition.
- If using seeds, toast them until they turn aromatic. Set these aside.
- When all of them cool down. Add dates, apricots and figs to a blender along with pistachios. Blend them to a slightly coarse mixture. Pieces of pista in the mixture is just fine. Please use steel or glass blender jars. You can also use a food processor.
- Remove to a plate and add the cashews and almonds. Pulse them a few times to get coarse mixture. If your blender doesn’t have sharp blades then it is good to chop and add them.
How to make dry fruit ladoo
- Remove the entire blended mixture to a plate. If using seeds add them now and just knead or mix well.
- Divide the mixture to 12 portions and roll to balls. Do not roll them too tight as the ladoo will turn hard. Gently shape them.
- For garnishing – roll them in fine chopped pistachios or desiccated coconut or toasted poppy seeds or sesame seeds.
- Store dry fruit laddu in airtight jar.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
If you are a beginner or new to Indian cooking, I highly suggest you to check the supporting step by step photos for best results. Step by step photos with description available below after the recipe card.
Preparation for dry fruit ladoo
1. On a medium flame dry roast almonds and cashews until slightly aromatic.
2. Add pistas and toast for another 2 to 3 mins.
3. When they turn slightly golden, remove to a plate. Towards the end of roasting the almonds turn light and are easy to blend.
4. Turn off the stove and spread dates, apricots and figs in the hot pan. Please check them first for larvae or worms and deseed the dates. I used unsulphured apricots so they are discolored.
5. When they become slightly hot, turn them to the other side as well. This is just done for shelf life. Avoid roasting them for long as there will be loss of nutrition.
6. Cool all these. If using seeds, toast them in the same pan until aromatic. Set them aside.
7. I never chop the nuts or dry fruits before adding to blender. But if you do not have a blender that is strong enough then it is good to chop them. Open up the cashews and check. If you have a food processor you can also use it. I prefer my steel jars for this.
How to make dry fruit laddu
8. I usually add the dates, apricots, figs and pistachios first. Blend them in short intervals to a coarse mixture. If you have teething kids at home, then blend well. Remove the mixture to a plate.
9. Add almonds and cashews.
10. Pulse them a few times. I make a fine powder if my kid is teething.
11. Remove to a plate and add the seeds as well if using.
12. Mix up well.
13. Divide the mixture to 10 to 12 portions. Gently roll to balls.
If making for kids
I further divide each ball to 5 portions for my younger kid when I pack in the school box. These ladoos are difficult to bite into for teething kids. So small portions are easier for them to enjoy.
Store the dry fruit laddu in air tight jar.