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...??