Last Updated : Oct 16,2022
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Also Known as
Dink, Gund, Gaund, Gondh.
What is Edible Gum, Gond, Gondh, Gaund, Dink?
Edible Gum or Gond is sourced from the plant Acacia. is a natural edible gum of the plant . It is made by drying the sap of the plant and is available in white or brown coloured crystals. It is quite odourless and tasteless. It is used to make laddoos with mixture of coconut, dried dates, poppy seeds, almonds, jaggery fried in clarified butter.
Culinary uses of Edible Gum, Gond, Gondh, Gaund in Indian cooking
Indian sweets using gond, edible gum
1. Gaund is an edible gum, extracted from the bark of a tree. Pale, brownish yellow coloured crystals of gaund are easily available in shops. You first need to deep-fry the crystals till they fluff up and then powder them before use in recipes. Gaund is a heat-giving food that is heartily devoured in Rajasthan during the merciless winter months. One of the most popular ways of consuming this helpful ingredient is in the form of delicious Gaund ke Ladoos. This traditional winter delicacy is often had with a glass of warm milk for breakfast, while some prefer to enjoy it as a dessert after a nice meal!
2. Churma is a word that has become synonymous with Rajasthani cuisine. Jaripalla Churma is a richer version of the regular churma, claimed to be influenced heavily by Marwari style of cooking with lavish ingredients like dry fruits, saffron and khoya. A combination of flours, edible gum deep-fried in ghee gives this churma a very intense mouth-feel and flavour that linger in the mouth after every spoonful. This soul pampering sweet is reserved for special occasions like weddings and festivals like Krishna Janmashtami.
· Edible gum is used in making panjiri mixture - whole-wheat flour, nuts, gaund, and sugar fried in ghee.
· It is used to make laddoos with mixture of coconut, dried dates, poppy seeds, almonds, jaggery fried in clarified butter.
· It is used to make chikkis ( mixture of edible gum and various nuts.
How to store Edible Gum, Gond, Gondh, Gaund
Store edible gum in air-tight bottles away from moisture.
Benefits of Edible Gum, Gond, Dink, Gaund, Gondh
Edible gum is considered to be a warming food and helps generate heat in the body. Thus it usually eaten in the cold weather of winter months. Some research also says that it helps in bone strengthening and thus recommended during pregnancy
. However, more research in this field is needed. Gond Ladoos are quite often served to lactating mothers as it is considered as a galactagogue. While edible gum aids in supporting the new mum’s bones, the ghee from these ladoos are considered to help in providing the much needed energy and lubricating the joints as well. However, these ladoos are calorie laden too. Hence should be consumed in moderation.
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