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Besan Ladoo (Indian festive Sweet)

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Besan Ladoo is a popular Indian sweet dish made using gluten free gram flour, sugar and ghee. The besan is either dry roasted or roasted in ghee and mixed along with the rest of ingredients. It has a long shelf life and is one of the most preferred sweets during festivals and family events in India.

Besan Ladoo (Indian festive Sweet )

This is one of my favourite ladoos of all. I just love it but unfortunately do not make it quite often. So this Diwali I thought to start my Diwali snacks preparation using this delicious and yummy Besan Ladoos.

Besan Ladoo (Indian festive Sweet )

2 methods of making Besan Ladoo

This is my mom’s recipe which she is following for years. It is an easy peasy quick recipe with just 4 ingredients. The 5th Ingredient , cashews are added to increase the nutritional content. It is optional though. Just follow the steps and you should be able to nail it down.


Few Steps to consider for this Besan Ladoo:

Roasting of the gram flour

There are 2 methods of making besan ladoos the traditional way. Either you can dry roast the gram flour first and add ghee later or roast the gram flour along with the ghee.

Today I have roasted the gram flour along with the ghee. Making of this ladoos take time. One can however multitask to save time. However constant stirring of the flour is critical. The gram flour has to be roasted on slow. It is one the most important step. If you rush the gram flour will be raw and it will stick to the upper palate of mouth. You would be able to taste the raw gram flour.

Use a heavy bottom pan and roast it on slow. Do not be tempted to increase the speed of your stove. You would burn the gram flour and that will not taste good.

Besan Ladoo (Indian festive Sweet )

Texture of Gram Flour and ghee required

Generally this Ladoos are made with a bit coarser texture of the Gram flour. However outside India you might not be able to find in some countries. Like for me I just have the fine variety of ladoos. In that case the ratio of ghee required is a bit less. At first I added 1:3/4 cup but I could sense that the ghee is a bit more. I added some gram flour to this. So my advise would be to start with half a cup of ghee and add more only if required.

Sugar

Secondly the sugar has to be added in crushed or powdered form. It should be added only when the mixture has almost cooled. If you add sugar in hot or warm mixture it will melt and make it runny.

Consistency of mixture

Third the mixture at times appear to be a bit soft or runny. Or you are not able to form the balls. Do not worry. In cold countries just leave it outside for sometime (30-40 minutes). The besan will absorb the ghee. Or you can keep the mixture in fridge for 10 minutes and then you should be able to form balls.

Besan Ladoo (Indian festive Sweet )

Excess Ghee

Fourth, at times there is excess of ghee. Once you are done with the roasting, and if you see ghee floating on the top, just tilt the kadai or the wok and remove the excess. Do not discard the ghee, it can be used for other purposes.


So sharing the recipe below. I am sharing this recipe with our Foodie Monday Bloghop group where this week the #218 theme , which is #DiwaliDhamaka@FMBH . Since Diwali is almost there we decided to make some yummy Diwali goodies and share the recipe amongst us and our readers.


So here comes the recipe for Besan Ladoo:

Ingredients

  • 270 grams – 2 Cups – Besan / Gram Flour
  • 160 gms – 3/4 Cup Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1 teaspoon green Cardamom Seeds (Elaichi)
  • 250 gms – 1 Cup – Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cashews chopped (Optional)

Preparation

  • In a heavy bottom, pan add in 1/2 Cup of the ghee. Remaining ghee should be added only if required.
  • Add in the Besan/Gram Flour and dry roast on slow until it releases a nice aroma.
  • Add more ghee if you feel the besan is getting too dry and is yet not roasted.
  • The roasting process takes time around 45 minutes to 1 hour. Be patient.
  • Once fragrant and you see ghee starts releasing the edges you are done.
  • Switch off and let this cool completely.
  • Add the required sugar. If you have sugar granules, crush them in a blender to get a fine powder.
  • Remove the seeds from cardamom and add it as is. The ladoo taste better with the seeds not crushed completely.
  • If adding cashews add it now.
  • Take a dollop of the mixture and form round balls. Size can be as per your preference.
  • Store it in an airtight container. They stay good for more than a month.

Notes

  • 1 tsp = 5 ml, 1 Cup=235 ml
  • I have detailed out on the steps one needs to follow above under the heading, Few Steps to consider for this Besan Ladoos.
  • Do read them before starting to make this.
  • More or less ghee might be required depending on the flour texture.
  • One can add nuts and raisins of choice.
  • I accidentally delete the making pics, I will upload it next time.


Besan Ladoo (Indian festive Sweet )

Besan Ladoo (Indian festive Sweet)

Besan Ladoo is a popular Indian sweet dish made using gluten free gram flour, sugar and ghee. This is my mom’s foolproof recipe followed for years.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Besan, Festive, Gluten Free, Gram Flour, Indian Festival Food, less than 5 ingredients, Sweets
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Equipment

  • Heavy Bottom Wok

Ingredients

  • 270 grams – 1 Cup – Besan / Gram Flour
  • 160 gms – 3/4 Cup Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1 teaspoon green Cardamom seeds (Elaichi)
  • 250 gms – 1 Cup – Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cashews chopped (Optional)

Instructions

  • In a heavy bottom pan add in 1/2 Cup of the ghee. Remaining ghee should be added only if required.
  • Add in the Besan/Gram Flour and dry roast on slow until it releases a nice aroma.
  • Add more ghee if you feel the besan is getting too dry and is yet not roasted.
  • The roasting process takes time around 45 minutes to 1 hour. Be patient.
  • Once fragrant and you see ghee starts releasing the edges you are done.
  • Switch off and let this cool completely.
  • Add the required sugar. If you have sugar granules, crush them in a blender to get a fine powder.
  • Remove the seeds from cardamom and add it as is. The ladoo taste better with the seeds not crushed completely.
  • If adding cashews add it now.
  • Take a dollop of the mixtue and form round balls. Size can be as per your preference.
  • Store it in an air tight container. They stay good for more than a month.

Notes

  • 1 tsp = 5 ml, 1 Cup=235 ml
  • I have detailed out on the steps one needs to follow above under the heading, Few Steps to consider for this Besan Ladoos. Do read them before starting to make this.
  • More or less ghee might be required depending on the flour texture.
  • One can add nuts and raisins of choice.
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    NARMADHA

    Monday 11th of November 2019

    Besan Ladoo looks so inviting and melt in mouth texture. I also make in the same way of roasting besan flour in ghee. Perfect treat for any festivals or occasions.

    Renu Agrawal-Dongre

    Tuesday 12th of November 2019

    Thank You

    sasmita

    Sunday 10th of November 2019

    Laddosss and that too besan ke laddoos are fav since childhood !! the well explained recipe here one should follow to make without any fail. Much pretty presentation too renu, love to pick from screen itself ;)

    Renu Agrawal-Dongre

    Monday 11th of November 2019

    Thank You

    Preethi Prasad

    Sunday 3rd of November 2019

    Besan Ladoo is so perfectly made Renu. One of my favourite sweet anytime.Very well explained.

    Renu Agrawal-Dongre

    Monday 4th of November 2019

    Thank You

    Kalyani

    Wednesday 30th of October 2019

    loved the detailed steps as well as cautionary tips that u provided here, Renu : would be so helpful for beginners / amateurs. this is one of the most demanded sweets at home, I make it similarly with smooth ground flour as sometimes we don't have access to the mota-besan here too ! pictures are so festive and lovely..

    Renu Agrawal-Dongre

    Wednesday 30th of October 2019

    Thank You

    Vasusvegkitchen

    Tuesday 29th of October 2019

    Besan Ladoo looks very tempting Renu, they melt in mouth in seconds , perfect sweet for this Diwali. I loved your four step explanation it's very useful for beginners. Your presentation is very inviting .

    Renu Agrawal-Dongre

    Tuesday 29th of October 2019

    Thanks You