Besan Ladoo

    Besan-Ladoo

    Festivals are incomplete without sweets and in India festivals are incomplete without ladoos.

    Ladoo is an Indian sweet, can be made using various ingredients and is round in shape. Seriously we make ladoos out of so many ingredients, there’s  motichoor ladoo, aata ladoo, coconut ladoo, semolina ladoo, this ladoo that ladoo and this list is endless.

    Out of all these amazing ladoos, besan ladoo is my absolute favorite. It is made using chickpea flour which is called besan in Hindi. So yeah, stay away for this if you are allergic to nuts.

    I LOVE it a lot. In fact back home during Diwali, I would always scan through the sweet boxes to see if any one of them had besan ladoo in them.

    Besan Ladoo Recipe

    Even though one can get these ladoos at almost every sweet shop in India, they don’t always taste good. At least that’s what my personal experience is. What I don’t like about store bought besan ladoos is the addition of semolina (sooji/rava). It is so commonly added in besan ladoos to give them a crunchy texture but somehow I can only love the plain ladoos, made only out of besan.

    And the besan ladoos that I loved most was that my nani (maternal grandmother) used to make. They were simply the best.

    This Diwali I tried making besan ladoos like her and they turned out quite well even though I know they can never match her version. :- )

    Wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali. May the festival of light fill your home and hearts with love and happiness!

     

    Besan Ladoo Indian Sweet

    Method

    1. Put the ghee in a pan and add besan to it.

    2. Roast the besan on low-medium flame for 10-12 minutes till it starts giving a sweet aroma. The color of the besan will also change to light golden brown.

    3. Once the besan is roasted, switch off the flame and allow is cool down a bit, around 5-7 minutes.

    4. In the meanwhile, using a blender powder the sugar with cardamom powder. Set aside.

    5. After 5-7 minutes, the besan would cool down a bit, remember you still want it to be warm but it shouldn’t be hot. If you add sugar while the besan is still hot, the sugar will melt and the mixture will become runny and you won’t be able to make ladoos out of it.

    6. Once it’s warm and you can hold the besan mixture in your hands, add the sugar and 2 tbsp of melted ghee into it and mix.

    7. Take a small amount of the mixture in your palm and press with your fingers to make a small round ball.

    8. Use the entire mixture to form ladoos while the mixture is still warm. You should be able to get 12 small besan ladoos out of this.

    Besan-Ladoo

     

    Besan Ladoo | Diwali Sweet Recipe

    Indian sweet made with chickpea flour, sugar, cardamom and ghee (clarified butter).
    Course Sweets
    Cuisine Indian
    Servings: 12 ladoos
    Calories: 147 kcal
    Author: Manali
    5 from 1 vote
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    Ingredients

    • 1 cup besan [chickpea flour]
    • 1 cup granulated white sugar, powdered
    • ¼ th teaspoon cardamom powder
    • cup + 2 tbsp ghee, clarified butter

    Instructions

    1. Put 1/3 cup of ghee in a pan and add besan to it.
    2. Roast the besan on low-medium flame for 10-12 minutes till it starts giving a sweet aroma. The color of the besan will also change to light golden brown.
    3. Once the besan is roasted, switch off the flame and allow is cool down a bit, around 5-7 minutes.
    4. In the meanwhile, using a blend powder the sugar with cardamom powder. Set aside.
    5. After 5-7 minutes, the besan would cool down a bit, remember you still want it to be warm but it shouldn't be hot.
    6. Once it's warm and you can hold the besan mixture in your hands, add the sugar and 2 tbsp of melted ghee into it and mix.
    7. Take a small amount of the mixture in your palm and press with your fingers to make a small round ball.
    8. Use the entire mixture to form ladoos while the mixture is still warm.
    Nutrition Facts
    Besan Ladoo | Diwali Sweet Recipe
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 147 Calories from Fat 45
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 5g 8%
    Saturated Fat 3g 15%
    Cholesterol 12mg 4%
    Sodium 6mg 0%
    Potassium 84mg 2%
    Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 17g
    Protein 2g 4%
    Calcium 0.5%
    Iron 2.7%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

     

    * The 2 tbsp of ghee that I used in the end is optional. You can avoid it if you want, I was able to make ladoos even without adding the 2tbsp of ghee but the ladoos bind better, taste better and look smoother with that extra ghee. So I would say go for it.

    * If you like use nuts like cashews, pistachios to garnish the ladoos. You can even mix chopped cashews into the ladoo mixture while shaping them.

    * Use semolina (rava/sooji) to bring an extra crunch into your besan ladoos.

    9 thoughts on “Besan Ladoo

    1. Hi Manali,
      Thankyou for all your wonderful recipes. I have already tagged alot of them in the “Try these soon” list!
      I have a question regarding this recipe. Do I need to change anything to make besan barfi instead of ladoos?
      Thankyou. Aastha

      1. Hi Aastha, glad you like the recipes on my blog 🙂 Unfortunately you cannot make besan barfi using besan ladoo recipe. The barfi needs some sugar syrup so the recipe will be little different. I will post the recipe for besan barfi sometime soon 🙂

    2. Hey Manali,
      Tried ur besan ladoo recipe today!! They tasted awesome!! Thank you so much for such an easy recipe!
      Thanks
      Priyanka

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