Sunday, 17 February 2013

All about Dink, Gond, Edible gum

All about Dink, Gond, Edible gum
Dinka, Gond is an “edible gum” a resin that is extracted from the bark of  the axle-wood tree. It is available in crystal form as pearly yellowish translucent pieces of varying sizes especially meant for eating after being cooked.. For frying the gond , one must heat the oil until medium hot and the crystals should be put in a little at a time. They will puff up beautifully. In some old recipes the "dinka" is ground up so fine that it may not need cooking. 
Also I have noticed that if you dry roast it on a non-stick pan, it puffs up just like popcorn. This is a great way to cut down on those unnecessary calories. 
Dink Laadu or Dinkache Laadu(Marathi) or Antina Unde(Kannada) Or gund, 'gaund'as it is known in Rajasthan are highly nutritious and should be eaten in winters and not in summers as the gum has been known to generate heat in the body

Culinary Uses
·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.
· The gum cooks very quickly so when frying add very littale at a time. Make sure the gum does not burn or become dark brown.

Health Benefits

Edible Gum is known to be beneficial for pregnant ladies at it strengthens back bone.
Dinkache ladoo are traditionally given to lactating mothers as they help in the production of milk. The other ingredients in the ladoo help in providing a "punch" of nutrition in a sweet and satisfying way.

Yes, you can eat a lot of the laddoos as they are quite addicting but one can get full, really quick as they are very rich in fats and fibre.



  1. Hi Shilpa!! great write up. Can you share some information on nutritive value of Dink . I am not able to find it anywhere . Thanks

  2. Thanks pooja...even i tried hard to find the nutritive value but could not relate it to a reliable source

  3. Search by acacia Gum / Arabica Gum / Quick Fiber. You will get nutritional value of Dinka.

  4. where can I find this Gondh...?? and what it is called in Bengali...??

    1. Known as Gond only and available in any north indian spices New Market, jaani bazar etc. I have once bought it from Sree Ganesh Bhandar, Lake Market.

  5. Elder lady in our family says eating gund is not good for boys.

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  9. Is dinkache ladoo safe to eat during pregnancy? I am 4 months pregnant and my mother in law said no harm in eating during pregnancy. Please advise.

  10. I am 35 year old i am getting knee pains some one suggested me to have gondh powder to mix in milk and have or to eat like laddoo pls suggest me to have it or not

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  12. I am 16 yrs old nd trying to loose weight can i eat half gond laddoo in the morning

  13. I am 16 yrs old nd trying to loose weight can i eat half gond laddoo in the morning

  14. Its very important for healthy boby on pregnancy. Edible Gum is best supplement for this..

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  15. Hi there could anybody tel me the exact name in bengali of Gond or edible gum. Thanks

  16. Is Xantham gum is same as this one

  17. Hi,
    I bought gond at two places.
    When I soak in water at night next day morning it is fluffy and increased volume.
    Some other place bought gond, when it was soaked and it is diluted in water entirly.

    Both are gond ?
    Which one is real and which one is duplicate?
    Please help me.


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  20. Xanthan gum is produced by Xanthomonas sp. (bacterium). So xanthan is microbial gum. Whereas Gum acasia or arabica etc. are of plant origin. Gums may be of microbial or plant origin, they are generally regarded as safe. Moreover, there are large number of nutritional benefits of the gum. They contain valuable soluble fibers, much needed for best health. Other microbial gums have many industrial applications.