In India ,any festival or religious occasion ,is incomplete without laddus. Besan laddu is one such very popular laddu that i am sure is adored by everyone who have had these even once. “Besan” is the hindi word for gram flour and ” Laddu “we all know as Indian sweet ball. Besan laddu is prepared by using besan, ghee and sugar as the main ingredient. Rava and nuts add crunchiness to laddus. Its delicious and really melts in the mouth in all its true sense.So if you have these 3 ingredients in your kitchen, try making this right away and pat yourself seeing your guests doing ooooh and ahhh over these Besan laddu ‘s.
Yesterday was the birth of Lord Shri Krishna,celebrated by Hindu’s in different forms all around India as Krishna janmashtami or Gokulashtami .My kids love festivals and yesterday they were busy wishing Krishna as “Happy birthday Krishna ” and their next question was “Amma ,what are you going to make for Krishna’s Bday party?” In a way i was happy that they were so excited to celebrate the festival . I decided i have to cook some special dishes…to make them and Lord Krishna happy.. ,just as you would cook some delicious dishes for your loved one’s birthday…..So for the occasion i prepared few different types of laddus like Moong Dal Laddu, Rava laddu , peanut laddu etc and chakulli .
Besan Laddu is also a savior when you suddenly decide to make home based sweet for guests. .Honestly it does not take much time but requires a lot of patience.But the end result would turn as gorgeous and yummy as any store bought sweets.The secret to this recipe is ofcourse the proportion and the right amount of roasting the besan flour in the ghee. . That done, the ladoos are a breeze and addictive.The only thing is – they are super high in fat and hence calories. But that amount of ghee deserves a special occasion and festivals are one such.Now to the recipe….follow the recipe carefully and i’m sure the laddu’s would turn perfect even if its your first experiment making them .
Check Out the Video recipe here :
- 1 cup Besan/ Gram flour /Chickpea Flour
- 2-3 tbsp Fine Sooji / Fine Semolina, (Chiroti Rava)
- 1/2 cup Ghee, or little less
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 4 – 5 Cardamom
- Cashews, raisins ,Almonds, as required
- Mix both sugar and cardamom in a mixer and make a powder of it. Keep it aside.
- In a heavy bottomed pan / kadai, add a spoon of ghee.Chop the cashew nuts,almonds into small pieces.Fry them in the ghee till golden brown and keep it aside.
- In the same kadai,mix besan, rava and ghee..NOTE : Initially the mixture looks crumble.You may be tempted to add more ghee. Adding more ghee may seem to give a manageable mixture. But, after shaping and cooling the balls, it may flatten and make one big lump.So hold on your temptation.If you keep on mixing it, you can see that the crumbled mixture will bind together and not stick to the pan.Stir the mixture on a low flame.Purpose for doing this is to get rid of the rawness of the chickpea flour
- Keep stirring the mixture till besan turns golden color and a nice aroma comes once it starts turning golden color. You need some patience and constant stirring here. It will take approx 20 mins on low flame.
- Switch of the flame and allow the besan to cool completely . Later add sugar, cardamom mixture (as said in step 1) and dry fruits.Mix well
- Take a handful off besan mixture in hand make and make round balls, to form a ladoo. Repeat the same with rest of the mixture.
- Allow the Ladoo’s to cool & then store in airtight container. It will remain fresh even after 2 weeks.Enjoy the ladoos!
- Always roast the besan nicely else it will give a raw taste to the ladoos. Keep in mind that you need to keep roasting the mixture until aroma starts wafting through the kitchen – And no it wont be mild enough for you to miss .Don’t keep the flame on high .
- Ghee is essential to this ladoo for 2 reasons – for adding flavor and as a binding agent . However,by adding too much ghee ,you will get very soft ladoos instead of a firm one .Do not lessen the quantity of ghee too as the mixture will be dry and you cannot make balls.
- Has the mixture turned dry and chalky ? Are you not able to shape the mixture into ladoos ? Then may be a ) Ghee quantity is less or b) you over roasted/heated the mixture or c) you allowed the mixture to cool a lot before making ladoo’s. If this is the case you can try any one of the following methods to solve this problem –
- Sprinkle few drops of milk to bind the mixture, but this will lessen the shelf life of the ladoos.
- Add little more ghee .
- Re heat in low setting for 1 minute or so until you see the dough coming together.
- Also do not worry if your mixture feels too soft and your balls are flattening. If this happens, make all the balls and keep them on a plate and after 10 minutes roll each ball again between the palm of your hands. The mixture would have hardened a little and the balls will maintain their shape, this time
SahanaAugust 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm
good one smith surely will try this one… 🙂
Smitha KallurayaAugust 30, 2013 at 4:31 am
Thx dear..Try it out n let me knw hw they turned out to be …:)
sangeetha pnAugust 30, 2013 at 9:12 am
Besan laddoo looks gorgeous.. Glad that I landed here .. happy to follow you.. Do visit me in your free time
Smitha KallurayaAugust 30, 2013 at 9:19 am
Thx Sangeetha.. Surely will visit you.
tinku shajiAugust 30, 2013 at 9:21 am
Looks yumm… perfect ladoos
IndraniAugust 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm
Feeling so greedy! 😛
Benella CoxAugust 31, 2013 at 7:21 am
Good recipes, I will try
Smitha KallurayaAugust 31, 2013 at 10:44 am
@ Indrani : 🙂
Smitha KallurayaAugust 31, 2013 at 10:44 am
@ Benella : Thx , do try..
Nivedhanams SowmyaSeptember 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm
love it!!! beautiful pictures!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!! please add the links and the logoSowmya
Shruti JSeptember 6, 2013 at 2:30 am
Couldn’t get enough with it!!! Btw… your little krishna is just too cute 🙂 Thanks for linking it to my event…
Shazia WahidSeptember 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm
They look so delicious!!!Thank you for linking the recipe to my giveawayhttp://cutchikitchen.com/100th_Post_GiveAway.html
nandoos KitchenJuly 8, 2014 at 5:11 am
lovely tasty ladoos. Nice apt post for the occassion.
Priya ShivaJuly 8, 2014 at 5:37 am
These look fantastic! Perfect laddoos!
ChitraJuly 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Lovely ladoos. Loved the click with krishna 🙂
Poornima hegdeOctober 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm
Your little krishna is so so cute.. N laddoos looks great
Vibha SpDecember 31, 2014 at 5:23 am
ya i too liked krishna’s n laddus pics very much , my mom dont add rava , today going to try fist time this laddu mom’s recipe 🙂
HemaLatha Abalur LadOctober 31, 2015 at 1:21 pm
Thanks for the wonderful patience recipe and noteable tips
HemaLatha Abalur LadOctober 31, 2015 at 1:22 pm
Thank you for the wonderful recipe and noteable tips. Will definitely try
Rashmi KulkarniNovember 10, 2015 at 6:23 am
Tried out besan laddu for Deepavali and this was my first time! It just came out really good!!! Also tried out Spicy diamond cuts, chakli, chiroti, cocnut barfi! Must say your recipes work like magic!! Your notes/tips are really helpful :)Thanks again!! Happy Deepavali to you and your family…
Smitha KallurayaNovember 10, 2015 at 2:02 pm
oh wow !!! really happy to know that…
Jyoti SainiAugust 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm
Thanks for explaning the recipe so generously..Its worth a try????