Today is Diwali, mad wishes all friends and readers a very Happy Diwali…. :-)┬á Today being the Third day of Diwali celebrations, I prepared these Ladoos┬áfor the Diwali Puja. Lots of work to do at home for Diwali but I can’t miss to post the yummy ladoos I prepared for this special day!!
Yes!! My all time favorite the Dates and Figs┬áLadoo….They are healthy and too rich ..full of dry fruits! A must try recipe at home and too easy to prepare without too much of fuss. Since childhood I am too fond of figs and can eat them anytime of the day, so thought to use them in my Ladoo┬árecipe of Dates Ladoo shared by one of my friends..to her recipe I added lots of dry fruits and figs too!! Though her original recipe was of dates┬áwith almonds and walnuts.
Third Day┬áis known as ÔÇ£Badi DiwaliÔÇØ, and there is a tradition to worship Goddess┬á Lakshmi after sunset on this day. People decorate their houses and offer┬á prayers in order to welcome Goddess Lakshmi to their houses.It is known as┬áÔÇ£festivals of lightÔÇØ as mythologically, on this day Lord Rama had returned to┬áAyodhya after 14 years of exile and rescuing of his wife Sita from the clutches┬á of demon king Ravana.Oil lamps are lighted throughout the house and streets.┬á People exchange gifts and after evening Puja get together with friends and family to burst crackers.
Me and my kids also decorated the house with diya,rangoli┬áand lots of flowers. Not to miss the big box of crackers my son got for himself though I am a total no-no person when it comes to crackers, I prefer celebrating Diwali with lots of sweets, flowers and decorating the house with lights and diya┬áetc but since its a once in a year craze for kids, I am not a finicky mom…..I let them enjoy all the festivals the way they have grown up seeing family and friends celebrating them.
- Dates seedless – 200 grms (coarsely chopped)
- Dried Figs (Anjeer)┬á-┬á50 grms┬á(coarsely chopped)
- Dry fruits chopped coarsely – 1/2 cup ( unsalted)
- Khus┬áKhus (white poppy seeds) – 2 tablespoon
- Ghee – 4 tablespoon
- Cardamom Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
- Ghee to grease the palms
Take a heavy bottom kadai, heat 1 tablespoon ghee and add coarsely grounded dry fruits ┬á(I used almonds,pistachios,raisins,walnuts and cashews, all unsalted), saute for about 4 minutes and remove from flame and keep them aside.
Also roast the poppy seeds on low flames for few seconds and keep aside. Now in the same kadai add 1 tablespoon ghee and add seedless dates and dried figs ┬á(coarsely┬ágrounded┬áin the mixer┬á, it will become thick and you will get a highly sticky ball, just grind it 5 – 7 times, you will have to grease your palms to remove the mixture from the grinder jar) and keep stirring for about 4 -5 minutes. To these dates and figs mixture┬áadd the dry fruits,khus┬ákhus 1 tablespoon and cardamom powder. Now switch off the flame and keep mixing the entire mixture till the dry fruits are mixed well with the figs and dates.
Grease your palms┬áand make small lemon size balls from these. Dust or roll these balls with┬ákhus┬ákhus┬á(spread approx 1 tablespoon of it in a plate)┬á.
After about few minutes your yummy healthy dates and figs┬áladoos┬áare ready to be served.
Enjoy these healthy ladoos this Diwali and once again a very Happy Diwali to all!!