Adadiyapak - Healthy Gujarati Sweet

Anyone who has spent at least a couple winters in Gujarat, would be familiar with the traditional Gujarati sweet called "Adadiyapak". Made with Adad(Udad) Flour, and filled with naturally healthy ingredients, its one sweet that is really good for you and your body! It's especially made in winter, due to availability of ingredients, but nowadays, you can find these at any grocery store around the year. They are filled with the goodness of health and richness of taste, but when they come packaged in a "stainless-steel dabba" all the way from India, marked with the stamp of being labeled as Mom's homemade Adadiya, its extra-special, healthy and extremely delicious. So here's sharing with you my granny's recipe for Adadiyapak, executed perfectly by none other than Mom!

500gm black gram flour (adad no lot)
50gm besan (chickpea flour - optional)
450gm ground sugar
400gm + 200gm ghee (clarified butter)
1 cup milk

few pieces of edible gum (gaund)
50 gm ginger powder
50 gm ganthoda powder (optional)
25 gm vasanu (optional, skip it if you can't find it)
100gm cashew nuts + almonds - (crushed coarsely into powder)

Mix 100gm ghee, milk, black gram flour and besan and keep it aside for 3 hours. Once it cools down a little, pass this flour mixture through a filter (sieve), to form granular flour mixture (looks like Sooji or Semmolina), and keep it aside.

Take another 100gm ghee and fry the edible gum in a pan on high flame; then let it cool for a couple mins, and grind it in a blender to form coarse granules.

Take 400gm ghee in a pan and add black gram flour in it. Stir it continuously on low flame till flour becomes golden brown. Add ginger powder, vasanu and ganthoda powder to this, and mix well.

When it turns golden brown, and the flour looks properly roasted, and starts giving out a nice smell, about 10 mins or so, remove it from the flame. Let it cool a little (about 2 mins), then add the edible gum powder into it. Stir it well and mix properly. Then allow the entire thing to cool for about 20 mins.

Finally, add the sugar and cashew-almond powder into it and mix it well.

Take a deep steel thali (or non-stick flat pan), grease it with a little ghee, and spread the mixture into the thali evenly, levelling the surface.

Garnish it with slivered almonds or pistachios, if you like, then let it set completely for about 10 minutes. Now cut it into squares and keep them out, uncovered for about an hour.

Once cooled enough, you can store the Adadiya squares in an air-tight container, and keep it refrigerated for about 20-30 days. Just let it come to room temperature before eating; one small piece a day is a great way to keep yourself healthy, as long as the supplies last!:)

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amna said...

They look yummy! Never heard of them before though..

Vrushali said...

Hi, i have had this pak at my friends place.. i wuld like to make it.. but please explain what does "ganthoda" & "vasanu" mean ?

FH said...

New dessert for me, made of Urad dal is unique. Looks yum! :)

Suganya said...

This is a nice recipe. Looks so good. Perfect sweet. YUM!.... Will try it soon.

Anonymous said...

When it comes to traditional recipes,grannies are best.
Though never tasted this one,i can imagine the flavors and aroma :-)

Ashwini said...

looks very tempting..Never seen this type..will try this..

Pavithra Kodical said...

I am so happy seeing this recipe..Few days back i had been to my friends place and her mom had prepared this..I did not know the name of this sweet and was unable to find the recipe..My husband loved this sweet..Thank you for posting this recipe :)

Snooky doodle said...

what a nice treat. pity lots of the ingredients menyioned I don't find them here.

Mansi said...

glad you guys like dit! I know its a very traditional gujarati sweet, and some ingredients can be really hard to find, like "Ganthoda powder" and "Vasanu", which are basically spice blends and powders having medicinal and herbal properties. They can be bought at any mom-and-pop grocery store in India, and I have seen it at a few stores in the US too.

However, these are optional, so you can still go ahead and make this sweet even if you don't have a few things on hand:)

Manju said...

never heard of thiss before though..they look soo yummy..cant believe something that looks soo yummy is actually healthy!

Simply...Gluten-free said...

Seems like everytime i pop over toyour blog i learn about something i never knew before :)

AnuSriram said...

Looks lovely... This is new to me... Makes me crave for some...

Vanamala Hebbar said...

wow nice sweet ...never had this b4..will try

A_and_N said...

Never heard of them! But surely will try. Bookmarked :)

Cris said...

It does look yummy!!! So many good things around the world that we do not know...

Usha said...

I am all for healthy and sweet together...this one sounds like a keeper :-)

Anonymous said...

Sounds very delicious!

Dershana said...

first time here. never heard of a sweet using urad! looks really good. guess people had it in winter because all that urad and sugar created a warm fireplace inside the stomach :-)

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I thought I knew of most Gujarathi food, but looks like I was wrong.
This looks and sounds like Mysorepak but made with urad dal instead. Should give it a go.

Rumela said...

I like this Adadiyapak sweet recipe. these sweets are sure to taste great and are extremely nutritious as well. I am going to make it for the holidays when my kids will be at home. I'll be sure that what they are eating is healthy.thank you for shearing your post.

Anonymous said...

can anyone tell me what is vasanu? please reply.

My email adress is

Mansi said...

Hi there, Vasanu is a mixture of several spices in powder form, and it is available at any grocery store who specializes in spice powders, mainly in the state of Gujarat, where Adadiyapaak is most famous.

hope this helps!


smith said...

Adadiyapak is very delicious item to eat. It is very good for health. I really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing it.
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