Adadiya – Indian sweet dish

Today is 11.11.11.which is considered a very auspicious day in some parts of the World.  It certainly has been a wonderful day for me when I achieved everything I had planned to do.

I am sharing with you my recipe for Adadiya – an Indian sweet which is also considered to be a healthy dish to have during the winter months.   It is believed that eating one adadiya for breakfast during the winter months helps to keep you warm throughout the day. This is the first time I made them and they turned out so great that all my friends and family who got them as gifts have been raving about them. Time 40 -60 minutes.  The dish needs to be cooked gently with lots of love and attention.

Ingredients for 30 small adadiyas.

  • 2 and one third cups(500 grams) of coarse black gram flour now being referred to as adad flour – hence the sweet is called adadiya!!
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups ghee
  • ½ cup of edible gum arabica (Gund)
  • 1½ cup of sugar which should be ground using a grinder (you can add an extra ½ cup if you like it very sweet)
  • ½ cup of finely sliced almonds
  • ½ cup of cashew nuts
  • 1 Tsp of a mixture ground Elaichi and nutmeg (some recipes also mention ginger powder but I did not include it in my recipe).

Method

1.  Take ¼ cup of ghee and ½ cup of milk and mix it with the adad flour and leave aside for 15 -20 minutes. (Some Gujaratis refer to this process as “Drabo devanu”) 

2.  Heat ½  cup of ghee and when it’s hot, add in a few bits of the edible gum to the ghee. As the ghee is hot, it will cook and pop the gum. Once cooked, lightly crush them using a pestle and mortar and leave aside.

3.  Mix the adad flour and sieve it using a large hole sieve.

4.  Add all the remaining ghee into a wok and let it heat on a medium flame.

5.  Add in the adad flour and keep stirring.  The following pictures will show you how the colour of the flour goes from light to dark golden – almost brown,

6.  Once the mixture is golden -add in the edible gum.
7.  Now add the sliced almonds and the spice mixture of ginger and nutmeg. (Some Gujaratis also add a teaspoon of ginger powder) 
8.  Stir well and turn off the heat.

9.  Add in the ground sugar and mix.

10.  The adadiyas need to be formed when they mixture is warm and manageable.

11.  You can either make them small and bite-size – traditionally shaped like a mountain or spread them out on a greased dish, decorate them with cashews  and cut them in diamonds.  Both styles look nice and taste wonderful.

12.  Once cool, they can be stored in an air tight container for a couple of weeks.
  • ANU
  • This sounds delicious and will be perfect for my afternoon tea! So glad to hear that the Fairy Hobmother paid you a visit. Enjoy your amazon giftcard and have a lovely weekend!

  • I loved this sweet. Different types of gond laddos are made during winters in the north of India but i have never tried it with besan. Most of the times it is wheat flour or udad daal or mung flour here.
    I have two types of gond laddoos at home right now made by my mother 🙂

  • This is an interesting sweet, never heard of it before.

    This is also the first time we are hearing of the Fairy Hobmother. Hope she visits us too 🙂

  • My sweetypie has me working Indian dishes into our rotation and I am enjoying learning about the new ingredients and techniques. This recipe is one I shall try.

    To Fairy Hobmother, my material wish is for a bright shiny red kitchenaid mixer. My immaterial wish is for a long healthy life. 🙂

  • Very delicious and tempting recipe.. looks awesome 🙂

  • very nice and interesting recipe,love to taste it rite now…

  • Looks so tempting and loved your step wise pictures

  • wow these look delicious and instructions are wonderful and easy to follow.
    Fairy hob mother pls pls drop by simply.food.We are in dire need of a new foodmixer as current one has died a slow and steady death and has been put to rest.:(

  • Wooooow………this is an awesome recipe……very new & interesting. Bookmarked.

  • Oh yummy great post! I love cashew nuts. My mouth is watering now just reading this and looking at your pictures.
    I’ve heard lots about the Fairy Hob Mother, she’s a very kind Fairy 🙂
    I would wish for a Kindle from Amazon.
    Great post x

  • I love sweets any kind any type. If nothing then bit of sugar is also enough for the craving. I am a sugar addict. I would also love if the fairy visits me and leaves me with an Amazon card. I have been dying to get few books form Amazon.
    Love Ash.

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