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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


  • Heavy Bottom Wok


  • 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)


  • 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.


  • 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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