gum also called as Indian edible gum | ghatti gum is a natural resin
got from axle wood tree. It has wonderful medicinal uses and health
benefits. The botanical name of axle wood tree is called Anogelissus
Latifolia. The tree is called Vellai Nakai | Vetkali in Tamil,
Malakanniram | Vellanava in Malayalam, Shirimanu | Chiru Manu in Telugu,
Dhau in Hindi, Daura | Dinkachee in Marathi, Dhava in Sanskrit and
Bejalu | Dinduga in Kannada. The resin is yellowish orange colored and
translucent and they are sold as small pieces. Many confuse gond with
gond katira (Tragacanth Gum), both are different in fact they have
opposite effects, gond gum is heat producing whereas gond katira cools
the body (it swells up when soaked and is mixed with milk and had as a
pudding). Edible gum is called Antu in Kannada, Gond in Hindi, Kothri in
Bengali, Gondh in Tamil, Mazhkanhiram in Malayalam, Thumma Jiguru in Telugu, Gaundh in Rajasthan and Dink in Marathi. I have always been
fascinated by herbs and natural resins and gond is no exception. Gondh
is not used in South Indian cuisine but I make gond ladoo at home
during winters, it is a wonderful healthy warming food, perfect
for winters. In India gond is synonymous to Gond ke Ladoo (Rajasthan) |
Antina Unde (Kannada) | Dinkachee Ladoo (Marathi) | Pregnancy Ladoo as
it is mainly used for making ladoo in Indian homes (I have given the recipe below) and then the next way
it is used is in the form of panjiri mixture (the ingredients used in
both are almost same and in gond ladoo recipe, it is just shaped into
balls). In both these recipes, gondh is mixed with whole wheat flour,
sugar, ghee and nuts. To use, the resin is deep fried and when deep
fried it turns magical. The resin puffs up and has a wonderful crunch to
it and I love gondh laddu. Gondh Nutrition: Gondh is rich in calcium,
magnesium and almost contains around 3 % of protein. Here are some of
the health benefits of gondh gum: 1. Gondh Gum For Pregnant Women: Gond
is very nourishing and gond ladoo is one of the healthy sweets given to
pregnant women traditionally as it rich in calcium and protein. It helps one develop strong bones and prevent back pain. 2. Gondh
For Winters: Gond is considered a warming food and is best taken during
winters, it is especially useful for people living in very cold places.
3. Gondh For Cold & Cough: Gond improves immunity and if had during
winter months will prevent from cold and cough. 4. Gondh For Energy: A
single gond ke ladoo will provide enough energy that will last for
hours. Since it is usually made with very nutrient dense ingredients
like gond, whole wheat flour, ghee and nuts, it is a perfect energy food
for kids. 5. Gondh For Lactating Mothers: Gondh ladoos are given to
lactating mothers too as it is said to increase the production of breast
milk. I couldn’t find any research proving this claim but certainly
this wonderful natural gum will only have positive effects on lactating
mothers. Side Effects: Since gond is heat producing food, it is best had
during winter months. Gond Ke ladoo especially when made with nuts and
laods of ghee is rich in calories (One single ladoo has more than 200
calories depending on the amount of ghee and nuts used) so have it in moderation….
1.Measure out gond, wheat flour and sugar.
2. Heat ghee in a pan. Try not to use non stick pan.
3. Fry gond little by little in medium flame in ghee till it puffs up, strain and remove onto a plate.
4. Now let the puffed up gond cool and then crush it coarsely with your fingers.
5. Fry whole wheat flour in little ghee till turns color, don’t let it burn.
6. Take the crushed gondh, fried whole wheat four, sugar, cardamom powder and nuts (I didn’t use nuts) in a bowl.
7. Mix well till every thing is combined well.
8. Make small balls and your nutritious warming gond ke ladoos are ready…
- Make sure to fry the gond in medium flame till the insides are cooked well.
- Try using homemade ghee for best taste and flavor.
- Adding nuts is optional, you can add your choice of nuts.