First of all, clean dates if any dirt and remove their seeds.
Chop them into small chunks & keep it ready.
Step-2 Chop all the nuts
Now chop almond, cashew, pistachio nicely, and keep it aside.
Step-3 Roasting chopped nuts
Heat a nonstick pan on medium heat. You can lower the heat a bit from a medium level.
Add ghee in the pan. Once the ghee is melted add chopped dry fruits almond, cashew, pistachio, and desiccated coconut.
Roast these chopped nuts for 2-3 minutes & keep stirring in order to avoid burning. Note- This roasting gives a nice crunch to chopped nuts.
Step-4 Add cardamom powder and dates
To this now add cardamom powder & chopped dates. Lower the heat and mix well.
Smash the chopped dates with a spatula so that it mixed with chopped nuts uniformed. Keep stirring & mixing.
After 3 minutes everything binds together. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a wide plate. Let it cool down to the point where you can touch it. NOTE- do not let the mixture come at room temperature.
Step-5 make laddus
Make laddus, here you can simply roll down these energy balls over dry grated coconut to cover the outer surface.and once cool down completely store in an airtight container.
Always use Medjool dates as they are soft and easily bind other ingredients. Due to the unavailability of Medjool dates if you use normal dates make sure to soak them for 30 minutes in hot water. Soaking will make them soft.
I used cashew, almond & pistachio, you can add makhana(lotus seeds), walnuts & pecans too.
Roasting is a must for two reasons. First, roasting nuts will make them crunchy, and second, it will lengthen the shelf life.
You can always roll the laddu balls in dry coconut to cover them. But not compulsory.
If you do like to have desiccated coconut, just skip it and follow the rest of the recipe.
To make this dates laddu recipe vegan, skip the ghee and either replace it with coconut oil or just skip it. Make it oil-free.
Ingredients measurements are given for reference. Feel free to increase or decrease the quantity of nuts. Be sure to increase dates as it helps in binding.
If you like to avoid cooking version then simply add all the ingredients in a blender jar and grind them till they all mixed up and form a sticky dough. Transfer it on a bowl and make laddus with it.
You can add edible gum as well in these ladoos, also called as “gond”.