An easy recipe for making besan ladoo or besan ke laddoo which is a popular Indian Festive sweet.
Sweets are meant for special occasions but when I started this series of my Mother’s special recipes which I post every alternate Monday in my traditional Monday series where I post traditional Indian recipes. These besan ladoo is a special recipe from my Mom’s recipes.
Many of these recipes by my Mom are simple easy to cook home food which we enjoyed on day to day basis while we were growing up and some recipes which she cooks on special occasions.
The besan ladoo recipe which I am sharing today is one of those recipes which was reserved for special occasions and Festivals or sometimes though very rarely when we wanted to eat something sweet.
Besan ladoo is a festive treat which is easy and healthy sweet. Besan laddoo are made with besan flour /gram flour or chickpeas flour which is roasted with ghee and sugar and shaped into balls called laddoo. One can add some chopped dry fruits and nuts as well as flavourings like cardamom or saffron or may be both.
Unlike many other Indian sweets, besan laddoo are nutritious and not really empty calories because these are made with chickpeas flour so it is rich in proteins and fibers. In my opinion can be a good snack for kids after outdoor sports.
If you are looking to make gluten free sweet the besan ladoo is a great option for you.
- 200 grams Besan chickpeas flour / (coarsely ground)
- 65 grams Sugar powdered
- 50 grams Ghee
- 1 pinch Cardamom powder
- 9 - 10 saffron threads
- 2 tablespoons dry fruits nuts and (chopped)
- 5 almond whole
In a thick bottomed dry pan or kadahi dry roast the besan on slow heat till it is slightly brown in colour and is fragrant. You don’t want burnt or raw besan here.
Take out the besan from the pan and now in the same vessel melt the ghee add roasted besan, powdered sugar and chopped nuts and fruits along with powdered green cardamom and saffron strands.
Combine the mixture well and shape it into small tennis ball sized rounds and place sliced almonds on top of each.
Store besan ke ladoo them in airtight container. The besan ladoo stays good outside the refrigerator for 4-5 days and in refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.
Tips for Making Good Besan Ladoo
- Use coarsely ground chickpeas flour or mota besan for better taste. If coarse grain is not available you can add 1-2 tablespoons of sooji or semolina.
- You can dry roast the besan before and when you are actually making laddoo just add it to melted ghee and powdered sugar along with other ingredients and shape into laddoo.
- Roast the besan till it starts to brown on low heat and stop cooking post that because too much browning causes burnt taste in besan laddoo.
- Adding a flavouring like cardamom /saffron makes a huge difference in terms of taste.
- If you are watching calories still you can have it if you make bite size laddoos the portion size is taken care of and you can still enjoy the sweet.
If you are looking for other festive sweets or diwali sweets or Indian sweet recipes you can check Badam halwa, Kaju halwa Gajar ka halwa or may be one of my all time festive recipe of the Kheer.