Gond ke Laddu

Gond Ke Laddu, How to Make Gond Laddu

By Swasthi on December 4, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Gond ke Laddu are delicious, wholesome and rich traditional sweet balls made with edible gum, jaggery, whole wheat flour, nuts, seeds and ghee. These traditional nutty gond ke laddu are full of flavor, have a great texture and are believed to boost energy instantly. Well-known for the immune boosting and body warming properties, these gond ladoo are traditionally made & eaten during the winters in India.


Gond ke Laddu

If you are a food enthusiast new to Indian foods, I am sure you are curious to know more about gond.

What is Gond?

Gond is a kind of plant derived edible gum that has been enjoyed in traditional Indian foods as it is believed to have medicinal values.

Gond is the Hindi term for “Edible Gum”, a plant gum that is derived from the sap of various trees. The 2 most common edible gums used in Asian foods are Acacia gum (gum Arabic) & Tragacanth gum.

It is believed that both these have different properties & nutrients so they work differently in recipes and even on the body after consumption.

The first type of gum widely used in India is the Acacia gum also known as gum Arabic which is the dried sap of the acacia tree. Kikar is the Hindi name for this tree and is also widely known as Babul tree in India.

Gond that is used in the preparation of Gond ke Laddu is the dried sap of babul/kikar tree. It is also used to make gond panjiri.

It is believed that Acacia gum keeps the body warm so it is widely used during winters & is avoided during summers as it is heaty in nature.

The second type of edible gum is Tragacanth gum. It is known as “Gond katira” or “Badam pisin” in Indian language. It is basically tasteless & swells up when added to water and turns soft like jelly. Gond katira is used commercially to thicken, stabilize & emulsify foods.

It is also added to beverages like Jigarthanda, Falooda and even to shakes, smoothies & sherbets. Tragacanth gum is extremely cooling in nature & is considered to be beneficial to use during summers.

acacia gum gond dink

About Gond Ke Laddu

Gond ke Laddu translates to edible gum sweet balls. There are numerous ways to make these ladoos. Gond ladoo are basically the North Indian version and are mostly made with wheat flour, gond, sugar, dried ginger, nuts and ghee.

Another variation is the Antina unde from Karnataka cuisine and it does not use any flour instead a large amount of dried coconut (copra) is used.

A variation known as Dink Ladoo is made in Maharashtrian Cuisine and it has powdered dried dates (kharik/ Kajoor powder) added to it.

Gond ladoo are most often given to women recovering from childbirth. However gond ke ladoo are good for people of all age groups including kids and toddlers. Gond laddu are rich in iron, protein and calcium.

Regular consumption of gond ke laddu for several weeks is said to rejuvenate the entire body by strengthening the bones, improving immunity and digestion.

Wheat flour (atta), gond and nuts are ingredients with body warming properties. So these can relieve from joint pains due to arthritis & also prevent seasonal cold not only in kids but also in grownups.

There are many variations you can make to these ladoos by adding poppy seeds (khus khus), dates, dried dates, sesame, makhana etc.

In this post I have used only the ingredients that are basic and can be eaten by women after childbirth. A lot of people also add ingredients like dried ground ginger (saunt) and fennel seeds.

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Gond ke laddu recipe

How to Make Gond ke Laddu (Stepwise Photos)

Fry Nuts

1. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a heavy bottom pan. Avoid using a non-stick pan for this purpose as the nuts and gond easily scratch up the pan.

heating ghee to make gond ke laddu

2. Add ¼ cup chopped almonds and cashews to the hot ghee. Fry them until lightly golden. Alternately you may pulse the nuts in a grinder first before frying or fry the whole nuts, cool and coarsely crush in blender. All these methods work, do which ever is easier for you.

frying nuts in ghee to make gond ke laddu

3. Once the nuts turn light golden, add 2 tablespoons dried coconut (optional) and fry lightly. You can add more or skip this. Dried coconut is a rich source of calcium. Do not use fresh coconut as it reduces the shelf life.

frying coconut to make gond ladoo

4. Saute just for a minute until aromatic.

Saute

5. Remove all these to a plate. If you are using khus khus add them now and fry until they turn golden & crunchy.

remove nuts coconut to a plate to make gond ladoo

Fry Gond

6. Add gond to a plate and clean up if it is not clean. You may find tiny pieces of the bark or stones stuck to the gond, just discard them.

clean the gond to make ladoo

7. Pour ¼ cup ghee to a pan for frying the gond. It will puff well if a good amount of ghee is used and fried well on a medium high flame. Unpuffed gond can cause stomach problems and sticks up to the tooth while eating.

heating ghee to make gond ke laddu

8. When the ghee turns hot, check if it is hot enough by adding 1 small piece of gond. It has to puff well. Then add the 1/3 cup (65 grams) gond to it. Gond must be fully immersed in ghee else they will not puff. Frying in very hot ghee can make it bitter.

frying gond to make ladoo

9. Keep stirring and fry until all of it has puffed well. All of the ghee will be absorbed by the gond.

ghee will be absorbed by the gond

10. Remove it to a plate. Gond will absorb all of the ghee. Crush it well with the base of a cup or just pulse it in a mixer grinder or use a rolling pin. I prefer crushing in the grinder.

Gond

Fry Atta

11. If you think your gond is not very clean, then clean up the pan with a tissue. You may find some unclean particles like tiny pieces of bark in the pan. Pour 3 tbps more ghee and heat up. Add 1¼ cup atta /wheat flour.

pour ghee and heat up

12. Saute on a medium to low flame until it turns deep golden and aromatic. The atta should not have any raw taste in it. Taste test and make sure it is not raw and does not taste bitter.

Saute on a medium to low flame

13. Turn off the stove. You can add crushed gond or pulse it in a mixer. I went ahead pulsing it with some nuts as my kids don’t like the crushed one.

add crushed gond

Make Gond ke Laddu

14. Remove the pan from the stove. Add the fried nuts, ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder and crushed gond. Mix everything well.

Add the nuts, cardamom powder

15. Add ¾ to 1 cup powdered jaggery or powdered sugar. If using grated jaggery, make sure you grate it fine. Start with ¾ cup.

Add powdered jaggery

16. Mix well with your hand or a spatula to incorporate the ghee in the gond with the rest of the mixture. Taste test and add more jaggery powder or cardamom for flavor.

mix

17. Make sure your mixture is slightly hot at this stage. Take small portions of this mixture to your hand and roll to balls, pressing down the mixture in your fist. If required pour some hot ghee if you have a trouble binding them. I did not use any extra.

Roll to balls

Store Gond ke Laddu in a air tight jar and use up in a month. It is normal for them to become slightly hard during winters / colder temperatures as ghee solidifies. I simply steam them in cooker or a steamer. Place the ladoos in a small container and close with a lid so the water does not seep into the bowl. Place this bowl on a rack/ trivet in the cooker or steamer. Steam until the ladoos become warm.

gond ke laddu

Health Benefits of Gond

  1. Gond has about 50% calcium and 20% of magnesium in it. So regular consumption of gond helps to strengthen the bones, spine and teeth.
  2. Gond also helps in constipation and corrects minor digestive disorders.
  3. It is also believed that regular consumption of gond (for 3 to 4 weeks) helps in managing arthritis as it is anti-inflammatory.
  4. It is proven to be great for women with chronic back pain as it helps to strengthen and rejuvenate the backbone.
  5. Gond helps in lactation and improves the quality of breast milk.
  6. Lastly it helps the uterus to regain its strength and size after the childbirth.

Pro Tips on using Gond

  1. If you are a breastfeeding mother and has never eaten gond, then please consult your elders, gynac or an Ayurvedic expert.
  2. Do not confuse gond with gond katira, another kind of ebdible gum. Both are different. Gond is known as Dink in marathi and Antu in Kannada.
  3. Please buy gond from a reliable source. Uually Ayurvedic shops sell this in India and is also sold in grocery or super markets. In abroad it is sold only in Indian stores and is a seasonal product, not available through out the year.

Pro Tips on Gond Ke Laddu

  1. Always use desi ghee or good quality ghee that is homemade. Desi ghee imparts a great aroma to these gond ladoo.
  2. Ensure you use a good amount of ghee to fry the gond. There must be enough ghee in the pan such that gond is immersed completely in it. Otherwise it my not puff and cook well.
  3. Some kinds of gond absorb the entire ghee in the pan so do not add a lot or all at once. Add ghee in batches separately for frying gond and then add more ghee for roasting flour.
  4. The amount of ghee mentioned in the recipe card was good enough for me to make great tasting gond ke laddu. But the quantity can differ depending on the weather conditions, kind of gond and the flour. So use more if needed.
  5. Too much ghee in the mixture can flatten the ladoos and may hinder the mixture from binding.
  6. Too less ghee also may break the gond laddu so use your judgement.

These gond ladoo can also be made during festivals and are great to enjoy as a snack anytime.

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gond ke laddu

Gond Ke Laddu, How to Make Gond Laddu

Gond ke laddu are wholesome and nutritious sweet balls made with edible gum, whole wheat flour, nuts, jaggery and ghee. These are high in calcium, protein and iron. Gond laddu can be eaten by women recovering from childbirth, kids and people of all age groups.
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings12 laddu
AuthorSwasthi

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • cup wheat flour (atta)
  • ¾ to 1 cup jaggery powdered (I used ¾) or powdered sugar
  • ½ cup ghee (5 tbsps for gond + 3 tbsps for atta) more if needed)
  • cup gond about 65 grams edible gum/ antu
  • 2 tablespoons dried coconut (copra – optional)
  • ¼ cup almonds & cashews (chopped or pulsed in mixer grinder)
  • 1 tablespoons chironji (optional or white poppy seeds)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon cardamom powder or elaichi

Instructions

Preparation

  • Clean gond well removing pieces of bark or stones if any. It is good to buy cleaned gond.
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a heavy bottom pan. Fry the almonds, cashews and chironji until slightly golden. Then add coconut and fry just for a minute. Remove and set aside.

Fry Gond

  • Pour ¼ cup more ghee to the pan and heat it. The ghee has to be medium hot not very hot otherwise gond will turn bitter. Check if the ghee is hot by dropping 1 small piece of gond, it has to be rise and puff well.
  • Fry gond on a medium heat stirring well. Soon the gond will puff and turn light. Remove this as well to a plate and coarsely crush this with a rolling pin. If you like it fine, blend it with few fried nuts. Keep this aside.

Roast Flour

  • Next pour 3 tbsps more ghee and heat. Saute wheat flour in this stirring often until it turns aromatic and deep golden. Remove from the stove.
  • Add the fried cashews, almonds and gond. Also add in cardamom powder. Mix all of these and let the temperature slightly come down but still hot. 
  • Then add in jaggery and mix well to incorporate the ghee in gond with the laddu mixture. If using sugar, powder it and use.

How to make Gond Ke Laddu

  • When the mixture is still hot, take small portions of this and roll to balls. If the mixture is too dry heat 1 to 2 tbsps ghee and pour it.
  • Store gond ke laddu in air tight jar and use upto a month.

Notes

  1. Under cooked or under puffed gond can cause stomach problems so make sure to use enough ghee and puff it well.
  2. If using sugar, start with a smaller amount, about half cup.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Gond Ke Laddu, How to Make Gond Laddu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Gond ke Laddu Recipe was first published in October 2018. Updated & Republished in December 2022.

Gond Ke Laddu, How to Make Gond Laddu

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5 stars
Made a large batch of these gond ke laddu to gift my MIL & Mom. They came out so good. Will be making another batch for my Sis who is going to deliver next month. Thank you.

Healthy food. Wonder full recipe I’m trying most of them all are worth preparing.

Hi,
Somehow my ladoos become very hard
Is there any way I can make them soft

can we give it to 18m baby boy and i am still feeding him. Which type of gond is good for both us. pls suggest

Hi Swasthi.
I want to make gond ladoos without atta or very little atta.Is it possible pls?

5 stars
Hi Swasthi,

Can we use whole wheat flour as wheat flour is mixed with wheat bran. Also can I use pista instead of cashew as I don’t have cashew in hand.
Also if I need to add phool mkhana and poppy seeds what will be the quantity.

Thanks in advance,
Farha

5 stars
HI Swasthi , one thing more i want to know apart from the receipe, that we can store the laddu in the airtight container into the fridge or just normally in the kitchen in the airtight container? Which one will last longer?? Plz suggest.

Hi Swasthi. Thanks for this recipe. I wanted to ask can I include saunth / ginger powder in this recipe. My mom from India shared almost the same recipe but her includes black pepper powder and saunth.
Kindly let me know. I am making this for my after delivery which would be in few weeks. I am a first time mom.
Thanks
Kanika

Thank you so much Swasthi for taking out time and clearing out my queries. I am looking forward to trying this recipe with my husband this Saturday. Will let you know how the ladoos turned out.
Thanks a ton 🙂

5 stars
Very nice ?

Your explaintion n presentation is the best way. God bless you.

is Gond available online? please share the link

4 stars
Can we make this with almond gum ? Since its summer i wanted to try the cooler variant.please help me

5 stars
Hi Swasthi
Thank you very much. We processed roasted makhana with the rest in a food processor. Turned out beautiful and delicious.

My mother got gond from India. We tried to make laddu with your recipe. I made a mistake by adding all the ghee to fry the gond because you did not mention separately. Later i used another 4 spoons for frying the atta. Now I see my entire mixture is full of ghee and cannot bind. Please advice. Thank you ?

Yes my baby is 2 months old

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When to add Khus Khus. Should we dry roast it separately before adding to the mixture.

How to make these Laddu without wheat flour? How much jaggery and ghee to reduce? Pls reply

How many ladoos will it make