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KaradantuKaradantu: Karadantu is a sweet delicacy unique to the state of Karnataka, India. Karadantu means fried-edible gum in the local language, Kannada. It is made of edible gum mixed with dry fruits and has a chewy texture. The other ingredients used in its preparation are fried bengal gram flour, jaggery and seeds of marking-nut (Semecarpus anacardium) tree. Gokak town in Belgaum district and Amingarh of Hunagunda Taluk in Bagalkot district of Karnataka is famous for the karadantu produced in its sweet shops.


  • Ratio works like this: 6 cups of dried fruits mixture: 1.5 cups jaggery: 1 cups of gum
  • If you do not have a sweet tooth, reduce the jaggery or palm sugar to 1 cup

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 200 gms dried dates
  • 30-35 almonds
  • 25-30 cashews
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 4 tbsp grated dry coconut
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup edible gum
  • Ghee, for frying
  • 1 cup jaggery, grated


  • Deseed dry dates and chop them roughly
  • Chop almonds into rough pieces
  • Chop cashews into rough pieces
  • Cut raisins into half.
  • Gently fry coconut on warm pan taking care not to burn the coconut.
  • Fry poppy seeds separately.
  • Grate nutmeg.
  • Mix chopped dry dates, chopped almonds, chopped cashews, raisins, fried oconut, popp seeds and nutmeg, in a bowl.
  • Melt the ghee in a frying pan, on low heat.
  • Fry edible gum in ghee till it puffs up like popcorn.
  • Mix the fried gum and dry fruits mixture together.
  • Mix grated jaggery with water and bring it to boil.
  • Mix well and continue to boil until the syrup has reached 1 string consistency.
  • Pour this jaggery syrup over the gum mixture.
  • Mix well.
  • Rub your palm with ghee and start making the laddus to make karadantu.

Note: These laddus may not come together initially, but squeeze them together and it makes nice round laddus.

  • Karadantu are ready to be served.

Note: Karadantu is a high calorie food. Eat in moderation.

If you have any queries regarding the Karadantu recipe, please leave a comment.

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  1. Kumud Chauhan
    Kumud Chauhan at | | Reply

    I have tried this recipe and it is so delicious. We call them ENERGY BALLS. It is also gluten free.
    I use brown sugar instead of jaggery. With poppy seeds it makes nice and chewy. If they don’t bind then add some already boiled and cooled milk little at a time. My kids are big fan of these energy balls. Thank you for sharing the recipe,

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