Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Besan Laddoo /Chickpea Flour Laddoo | Indian Sweets

Besan Laddoo
Come February,sometimes late January,preparations started at home for the festival season.Our temple festival with all its pomp and glory lasts for eight days and it was a fun riot for us during childhood.It has been a while since I attended any of these functions but am glad to be home during this time and enjoying the festivities to the maximum.

Years back we had cooks coming over to prepare sweets and savories which were later distributed to family and friends.My friends waited anxiously for the sweet dabba I took to school and one sweet in particular was much in demand-Besan ladoo,they even named it Konkani laddoo:)
Besan Laddoo
Now of course,amma makes everything on her own since we only make a small batch.But when it comes to making this delicious sweet,appa takes over.I remember when I tried making this once and complained it didn't come out great,he just said one thing - don't skimp on adding ghee and sugar,that is what makes the difference.So diet watchers,eat in moderation:)

Besan Laddoo/Chickpea flour Laddoo

Besan Laddoo-ingredients 

Ingredients {makes 90 small laddoos}

Cashewnuts & Raisins - 100 gms each
Ghee,melted - 250 ml
Besan - 500 gms
Sugar,powdered - 1 kg
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp


Besan Laddoo-step1 
In a thick bottomed kadai/pan add the besan and 3-4 tbsps of ghee and mix together with your fingertips till the besan turns into a wet sand texture-this is mainly done so that when you add the ghee later on,the besan doesn't turn clumpy.
Besan Laddoo-step2 
Keep the pan on high flame and keep stirring.Add 1 tbsp ghee at regular intervals till you finish all the ghee-it will take anywhere between 10-15 minutes on a controlled flame(medium-high).
The besan should smell nutty and become a golden brown colour.
Besan Laddoo-step3 
During the last 5 minutes,add the nuts and raisins and mix well.Mix in the cardamom powder.
Besan Laddoo-step4 
Switch off the flame.Add half of the powdered sugar and mix with the roasted besan with the back of a spoon so that it mixes evenly.Mix in the rest of the sugar.
Besan Laddoo-step5 
Press the mixture with the bottom of a spoon to one side of the pan and let it rest for 5-7 minutes.
Besan Laddoo 
Take a tablespoonful besan mixture in your hands and roll into laddoos.
Besan Laddoo
  • The recipe can be easily doubled or halved.The measurement should depend on the amount of besan used-double the amount sugar and half the amount ghee.
  • If you feel the laddoos are not binding together,add a tsp or so ghee and then bind.
  • Keep stirring the besan-ghee mixture till it starts turning golden brown in colour.Control the flame throughout cooking.
  • When roasted well and kept in an airtight container,these laddoos will keep well for up to 6 months.


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