Date and Poppy Seed Laddus

Date and Poppy Seed Laddus

Laddus are a popular Indian sweet treat, and with this recipe, we'll show you how to make them with a nutritious twist. Packed with the goodness of dates and the crunch of poppy seeds, these laddus are not only tasty but also provide a burst of energy. This easy-to-follow recipe requires minimal ingredients and can be whipped up in no time.

Required Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of dates (deseeded)
  • 4 tbsp white poppy seeds
  • 2 cups of dry coconut grated fine or desiccated coconut
  • ¾ cup of almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 nutmeg, grated
  • 6 to 8 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 tsp ghee (for a vegan option use coconut oil)
  • 3/4 cup of jaggery

Prepping process:

In a heavy-bottomed wok, put in the poppy seeds and roast for a few seconds or until they are aromatic and change their color a little. Dry roast the coconut over low heat in a separate wok until it attains a beautiful golden brown hue. Remove the coconut from the wok and add in the chopped almonds to be roasted until they change their color, which should take approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Once done, set them aside. 

Proceed by grating the nutmeg and powdering the cardamom seeds. In the very same wok, pour in the ghee and let it melt. Following this, put the jaggery into the melted ghee while continuously stirring over low heat until the jaggery completely dissolves. Once jaggery dissolves, switch off the heat. Take care not to allow the jaggery to reach its boiling point. 

Once the jaggery has slightly cooled, mix in the remaining ingredients including dates, poppy seeds, shredded coconut, almonds, nutmeg, and cardamom. Form into round balls by taking a little mixture and pressing it inside your palm.

Health Benefits of Dates and Poppy Seeds

When it comes to the Ayurvedic benefits of poppy seeds and dates, making laddus is a fun and traditional way to bring them to the forefront. Both poppy seeds and dates are powerhouses of nutrients that can greatly contribute to overall well-being. Poppy seeds, known as khus-khus, are rich in calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium, making them excellent for strengthening bones, promoting healthy blood circulation, improving digestion, and boosting immunity. 

Dates, on the other hand, are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are an abundant source of natural sugars, providing sustainable energy throughout the day. By incorporating these ingredients into laddus, a delicious Indian sweet treat, one can easily harness their Ayurvedic benefits. These laddus serve as a convenient snack or even a dessert option that complements a balanced Ayurvedic diet.

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