Winter is here!! In our Indian culture we believe in having warm foods during winter. One such warm superfood is Methi seeds or Fenugreek seeds. These bitter seeds are loaded with goodness. It controls blood sugar levels, helps in weight management, good source of nutrition for hair and bone health and great for lactating mothers. This is the main reason of consumption of these nutrition bombs are for new mothers. Nevertheless, these are good for everybody. However, besides Methi seeds these laddoos are filled with many other superfoods, like coconut, jaggery, dates/dry dates, almond, walnuts and other nuts. Walnuts are good source of omega 3 fatty acids, jaggery and dates are good source of iron and all nuts are loaded with proteins making it great for everyday consumption. I feel every women should have these during winter time. Traditionally, these laddoos have many other healthy ingredients, but in my recipe I have incorporated those which are easily available in local stores. I just added a few types of nuts, if you find other type of nuts which are high on nutritional quotient, feel free to add it too!
Preparation time: 40-50 mins; Soaking the seeds time: From 8 days upto a month.
Serves 40-50 quantity
- Methi seeds: about 4 tbsp
- Almonds: 3/4th cup
- Cashews: 1/4th cup
- Walnuts: half Cup
- Pumpkin Seeds: 1 cup
- Melon seeds: half cup
- Pistachios : 1/4th Cup
- Dry Shredded Coconut: One and a half Cup
- Poppy seeds: 1/4th Cup
- Dry Dates Powder: 1 cup (alternatively fresh dates can also be used)
- Jaggery: 400 gms to half kg (depends on sweetness of dates) (In absence of jaggery you can opt for brown or dark brown sugar)
- Whole wheat flour: 2 & 1/2 cup
- Nutmeg Powder: 1 tsp
- Ghee: about 200 to 250 gms
Soaking of Methi Seeds
- In a pan add about a drop of ghee and then add methi seeds.
- Saute it for few minutes till they are fragrant and its colour changes. Grind these into mixer or in inam-dasta.
- Now store these in a glass jar filled and fill it with 2-3 tbsp warm/liquid ghee. Close the lid and store it for minimum of 8 days or maximum of a month. My mother-in-law believes that longer this powder stays in ghee the lesser they taste bitter.
Roasting & Grinding Nuts and Dry fruits
- Add half a teaspoon of ghee in a pan, Add almonds to it. Saute it for few minutes till they are change their colour.
- Repeat the process for rest of the nuts as well.
- After roasting all the nuts roast dry coconut as well. Since coconut has lots of oil we do not need to add ghee to it. Just give it a continuous stir on low flame.
- Once you turn off the flame, in a medium hot pan dry roast poppy seeds. They can be easily burnt so be very careful about the heat you give them.
- The next step is grinding and mixing. Grind all the different types of nuts separately. Now mix everything together. Also add dry dates powder and nutmeg powder to it. You can get in grocery stores. Incase you do not find it, you can also use fresh dates. The image below shows all the nuts and dry fruits powder including dry dates powder.
- How to use fresh dates? Bake fresh dates in a preheated oven for about 30 mins at 150 degree Celsius. Or dry roast them in a non-stick pan on low flame for 20-25 mins. Let it cool for sometime and then grind them in small chutney pot along with some nuts powder we made earlier. This will ensure easy and even mixing.
Roasting Whole Wheat flour
In a large pan take wheat flour and add remaining ghee, which must be sound 200-220 gm. Stir it continuously on medium to high speed for about 8-10 mins or till it becomes light and starts releasing ghee. Turn the flame off and keep it aside for a while and let it cool. Just make sure it is warm and not completely cooled for the next step
Combine all the components together ie. the nuts and dry fruits mixture, soaked methi seeds powder, roasted wheat flour and grated jaggery. (fresh dates sweetness vary, so before adding complete jaggery, check sweetness). It is now time to show your biceps powder, as mixing everything evenly might take some time and effort. When everything is evenly mixed, make small ball sized laddoos out of it. Since jaggery has molasses, it help in binding all the mixture together. If you are finding it hard to combine and hold everything, you can add more ghee to the mixture. I avoided methi powder for a part of the mixture and made some laddos for my kids, as they are loaded with goodness, you can also do the same for the kids of your house! I would highly recommend these for everyone especially all the women. One Laddoo in the morning and you are good to rush for a busy and hectic day!