Antinunde/ Edible Gum Ladoo

Breast feeding mothers need extra calories. But they should also be very careful as to what they consume because babies have a weak digestive system and are sensitive to a lot of common foods well tolerated by adults. In fact every day vegetables like tomatoes, onions, green chilies can irritate breast fed babies leading to colic. To increase nutrition and calorific value of the mother’s meal as well as making sure that the food contains no potential irritants is an ordeal in itself. Antinunde is one such dish. Consuming this rich food is supposed to strengthen back, aid recovery as well as help augment milk supply. I vouch of the potency of the food myself.It is simple to make and delicious to consume. In fact Honey has been having a merry time with these goodies all along.

Antinunde

Serves 25 ||  Calories per serving  225 Kcl || Protein 3.15 gm ||  fat 5.66 gm || Fiber 2.56 gm

Dates 2 cups
Almonds 2 cups
Raisins 2 cups
Edible Gum 1 cup
Poppy seeds 2 tbsp (optional)
Cloves 6
Nutmeg/ Jaikai grated ¼ tsp
Saffron a pinch (optional)
Jaggery 1.5 cups (coarsely powdered)
Ghee for deep frying
Method:
  • Deep fry the edible gum in ghee in several batches till they are light and puff up. Drain on a paper towel and cool. When completely cooled pound them into a fine paste.
  • Toast Almonds on a warm skillet until fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Set it aside to cool. When cool enough to handle chop it into pieces similar in size to raisins
  • Similarly chop dates. Toss them into a big mixing bowl along with the raisins.
  • Toast poppy seeds and toss them into the mixing bowl.
  • Add pounded edible gum, ground cloves and nutmeg to the mixture. Mix well and set it aside.
  • To prepare the jaggery syrup which imparts sweetness as well as binds the mixture together, combine the jaggery, saffron and a little water in a thick bottomed saucepan. Cook the mixture unto ‘one thread’ consistency. i.e. dip the back of a spoon into the syrup. Test the mixture between moist thumb and moist fore finger. If the syrup is sticky between the fingers and can be stretched into a single thread, then the syrup is ready to go.This step takes some practice and the mixture will obviously be very hard and can scald. So one should be very careful at this point.
  • Pour little syrup on the side of the dry fruit mixture. Tightly press them on the palm into small balls/ladoos. If doing a particularly large batch, make the syrup in small batches to avoid the chance of the jaggery syrup turning hard before the ladoos are done.
    P.S: Originally Antinunde is made using shredded dried coconut/ copra and cashew nuts. The idea is six cups of dried fruit and nut mixture for every cup of edible gum and 1.5 cups of jaggery. I am not a particularly big fan of coconut and cashew nuts in this dish, therefore Mom eliminated them for me.


13 comments:

Sush said...

hey congrats ri..,
yavaga delivery aithu & yava magu?
I have had my dose of antinunde ;) it just tastes awesome.

Tina said...

Its new to me...Looks delicious and nice.....

Smitha said...

@ Sush!
Oct 28th banda nan maga :) C-Section ayitu ri...

@Tina,
Thanks

BangaloreBaker said...

Congratulations on your boy. I love this unde. Unfortunately, no body made it for me when I had my kids.

LG said...

Antinunde nodi eega .........bidi enu mathe bartha illa..slurrrop...Nimmelarigu hosa varshada shubhashayagalu.

Vani said...

Happy New Year, Smitha! How is your baby doing? Yeah, it is strange how the baNati foods vary - some no-no foods in some households are a must in others.

Smitha said...

@ Thanks Bangalorebaker,

@ LG nimagu hosa varshada subhashaya ri

@ Vani,
Thanks a..Happy new year to you too.. Baby is doing fine..How r u doing?

rajolisudhir said...

Very Rich ...
My compliments for the composition

Smitha said...

@Sudhir,
Thanks a ton

Anonymous said...

Hi Smitha,

Could u please tell me where I can get edible gum? Is it available in Indian stores? Also I would like to know how long can I store these unde's?

Regards,
Priya

Smitha said...

Hi Priya,

Yes! It id available in Indian stores and labeled as "Edible gum".
The Undes store well an air-tight box right on the counter top. But if you are making a lot more than you can consume in say 2-3 weeks, pack them in 2-3 layers of zip lock bags, remove as much air as is possible and throw it in the freezer. Thaw it out on counter top just a day before you intend to eat.

Lakshmi Grandhim said...

Smitha avre, nim antinunde photos nodi, baayalli neerurisikondu maddida ondu post- http://www.tasteofmysore.com/2013/12/karadantu-antinunde.html

Tumba dhanyavadagalu for a very good recipe.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Lovely....aithu nandu kota antinaunde..but sakathagirathe