Eating Gond Ke Laddu after Delivery: Benefits & Recipe

Eating Gond Ke Laddu After Delivery – Benefits and Recipe

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Eating gond ke laddu after childbirth is common in India. New moms are asked to eat gond ke laddu after delivery, and this has been going on for several centuries. But, is it safe to eat gond ke laddu after pregnancy? Well, it is believed that these laddus provide a mother with the necessary nutrients she needs after delivering the baby. We all know that the postnatal phase is as challenging and demanding for a mother’s body as the prenatal phase. Their body needs all the care it can get. And including Gond ke laddu in the postnatal diet can help a new mother recover faster. How far the claim is true, you can only uncover it once you read the following post.

What Is Gondh Ke Laddu?

Gond Laddus are tasty, small sweet balls made of edible gum (gondh), ghee, jaggery/sugar, sesame seeds, peanuts, and a whole lot of chunky nuts and dry fruits for an aromatic flavour. These laddus are very nutritious and high in calories, ideal for postpartum mothers. You will probably find these ladoos popular in mostly the northern belt of the country, including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and other neighbouring states. Since these ladoos have warm properties, they are mostly enjoyed in the winter months to heal the body internally. These ladoos are not advisable for pregnant women to consume, but are perfect for nursing mothers.

Nutritional Benefits of Gond Ke Laddu

The reason why eating gond ke laddu is recommended to a new mother is because of the nutritional benefits they offer. The thermogenic effect these laddus have is quite substantial, which makes them a great choice in winters as well. They are recommended to new moms, elderly, and even kids. These laddus make for a quick and healthy snack in their tiffins. Not only are they tasty, but they also provide the little ones with a good amount of energy that can carry them through the day.

Gond ke laddu contain various nutrients, such as iron, Vitamin A, calcium, proteins, sugar, fibre, saturated fats, carbohydrates, sodium, combined fats, etc. in good amounts. They provide the required energy to the mother and also aid recovery after birthing the child. The nutrients are also passed down to the baby through breastfeeding. Therefore, a portion of this nutritional snack should be included in the postnatal diet.

Today, everything is available in the market, yes, even gond ke laddus. Even the nearest sweet shop will have gond ke laddu on their shelves. But, you cannot say much about the conditions in which these laddus are made in a shop, which is why having homemade gond ke laddus is recommended. If you’ve never made these laddus before, read on to know the recipe!

Is It Safe to Eat Gond Ke Laddu After Delivery?

Yes, Gond ke Laddu  are safe after delivery only if eaten in moderation. Since these laddus are warm in nature, their excess consumption can produce heat in the body, cause acidity, and harm the mother instead of benefitting. It is advised to consult your doctor before taking anything in general during breastfeeding so there is nothing to worry.

Gond Ke Laddu Recipe

A woman should definitely have gond ke laddu post delivering the baby since it provides the body with the nutrition and energy it needs. Making these laddus is not a difficult process, as you can see from this post-pregnancy ladoo recipe below.

Gond Ke Laddu Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Gond – 125 grams
  • Roasted wheat flour – 1000 grams
  • Cardamom –  25 grams
  • Fennel seeds – 25 grams
  • Aliv seeds – 50 grams
  • Poppy seeds – 25 grams
  • Almonds – 125 grams
  • Cashew nuts – 125 grams
  • Ghee – 500 grams
  • Grated jaggery – 500 grams
  • Grated coconut, dry – 500 grams

Method:

  1. Begin by roasting the grated coconut properly. Do this until the coconut starts getting a light brownish shade. Similarly, roast the almonds, cashew nuts, cardamom, poppy seeds, dates, fennel seeds, aliv seeds.
  2. Once all these constituents have been roasted properly, put them all together in a grinder and grind till you get a fine powder. You may leave it a little coarse if you like it that way.
  3. In a large vessel, heat some ghee.
  4. Once the ghee is hot enough, add some gond. Add only a little amount at a time as gond fluffs up; if you fry the entire amount together, there is a good chance that certain portions may not cook properly. Also, adjust the quantity of the ghee accordingly. Once you add some gond to the hot ghee, let it cook for a few seconds. Keep stirring to cook it evenly and to prevent it from burning. Once it swells up and becomes fluffy, remove it into a separate bowl. Follow the procedure for the remaining amount of gond.
  5. When you are done frying the gond, heat some more ghee in the same vessel and follow it up with the jaggery. Let the jaggery melt fully and stir it while that happens.
  6. Once it starts bubbling, turn off the heat and pour the liquid jaggery into the bowl with the gond and mix it well with a spoon. Follow that up with the powdered constituents from the grinder.
  7. The molten jaggery doesn’t take a lot of time to cool down. So you should be able to mix it well with your own hands till you get a homogenous dough.
  8. Then, take a couple of drops of ghee in your palm and rub your palms together. Pick up small portions from the dough and roll them to form the laddus. You can store these laddus at room temperature in an airtight box.

After you have a decent quantity of laddus ready, be sure to add them to your daily diet. Eating about 1 to 2 laddus a day should provide you with the energy you need after childbirth. Read below to know some of the major health benefits of eating gond ke laddu after pregnancy.

Benefits of Consuming Gond Ke Ladoo After Pregnancy

Your body goes through intense trauma during delivery. After childbirth, there is a huge gap in the energy sources a woman has and the amount she needs to recover, as well as take care of her child. Consuming gond ke laddu in such a scenario can provide a great amount of support for the same.

  • If childbirth has taken place during winter, the body needs to spend extra energy to keep itself warm and the baby safe as well. Eating gond ke laddus can help provide those extra calories that a mother needs.
  • Heartbeat regulation is also a necessity since the body needs to carry out proper blood circulation to different regions of the body. Gond ke laddu can help in that regard as well.
  • The protein requirement for a woman increases after childbirth since lactation and breastfeeding come under focus. Gond laddus contain a good amount of protein & healthy fats and can be consumed easily.
  • Having gone through a long pregnancy and a stressful delivery, a mother’s body is doing its best to recover its physical strength and carry out healing functions. The constituents used in the gond laddus contain adaptogenic properties that assist the body in repairing itself.

Benefits of Consuming Gond Ke Ladoo After Pregnancy

  • The immunity of a mother is at its lowest after childbirth, which makes her susceptible to falling ill and suffering from a cough, cold, diarrhoea or even ulcers. Gond laddus help build up that immunity again and treat such conditions effectively.
  • When the menstrual cycle resumes after the birth of the child, the initial phases can result in blood flow that is quite heavy, along with strong menstrual cramps. Taking care of it while looking after the child can take quite a toll. Gond laddus help keep the blood flow in check.
  • If your skin has lost its sheen and softness after delivery, the constituents in the laddus can help the skin retain its moisture and bring back the glow you so desire.
  • Mothers can also suffer from urinary tract infections or other issues related to the passage of urine after delivering a child. Gond has been widely used in Ayurveda as a way to treat incontinence of urination. Eating gond laddus could provide the same effect as well.
  • Constipation is rarely a problem that stays restricted to pregnancy. Many mothers may continue to experience it after childbirth as well and might have trouble in the initial phases. Gond has certain laxative and purgative properties that impact the digestive system and help it clear itself. Eating gond laddus is highly recommended in such situations.

FAQs

1. What Is the Difference Between Gond Katira and Gond Laddoos?

The difference between gond katira and gond laddoo stands upon their nature. While gond laddoo are ot in nature, gond katira is cold in nature. You will find that gum wick swells in water, whereas the gum used in gum laddoos dissolves in water. Because of their nature, gond laddoos are eaten in winters and gond katir in summers.

2. Can I Eat Gond Ke Laddu During Pregnancy?

Gond ke laddu postpartum are safe for nursing women, however it cannot be said same for pregnancy. A pregnant woman’s body is highly delicate as the unborn baby is also concerned. Since these popular after-delivery gond ke laddu are warm in nature and contain edible gum, it may not suit a pregnant woman and may cause complications during pregnancy. Therefore, it is highly advised to consult a doctor before consuming gond ke laddu during pregnancy as they will be able to create a better dietary plan based on your nutritional requirement.

A lot of Indian traditions and families focus on the consumption of gond ke laddu after childbirth. While the reasons might differ in motivations, the end result is always beneficial for the new mother. It is essential to keep the intake of laddus moderate and pair them with substantial water intake as well to avoid any side effects.

Also Read: 

Indian Foods to Eat after Delivery
Foods to Eat and Avoid after C-Section Delivery
Indian Breakfasts to Try for Losing Weight After Pregnancy

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