Besan ladoo (or besan laddu for some) is a common Indian dessert made during the festivals. It is made of quite few ingredients consisting: ghee, powdered sugar and besan. Despite being an easy recipe, the secret to cooking a good besan ladoo is to roast the besan well in low flame. Here’s how you can make your own homemade besan ladoo:
- 1/3 cup of ghee
- 1cup of besan or gram flour
- ½ cup of powdered sugar (tagar or boora)
- 1/8 tsp. of cardamom powder
- Chopped nuts (optional- for garnish)
- In a pan, heat the ghee (or clarified butter) over low flame and once it is hot, add the besan.
- Roast the besan or gram flour on low flame, stirring and cooking continuously.
- Notice that as it becomes roasted, the besan starts to loosen up but continue to cook until it is not lumpy anymore. It may take 10-12 minutes for the besan to change into the desired color, attain the nutty aroma and the paste to be glossy.
- Transfer the mixture onto a plate and let it cool down a bit or completely.
- Add the powdered sugar and cardamom powder into the besan-ghee mixture.
- Now, you will need to mix with your fingertip until it comes together like slack dough.
- Get a lump and shape it into a ladoo and set aside. If you notice, the mixture is loose is warm so the ladoo will soon lose its shape and becomes flattened overtime. Wait for 15 minutes for it to cool down and you can reshape the flattened ladoo. This time, it will hold its shape and will get firm.
- Alternatively, you can add chopped nuts into the ladoo mixture but you can also use it for garnish.
Time and Serving
- Preparation : 20 minutes
- Cooking : 20 minutes
- Serving : makes 6 ladoo (equivalent to 2-3 servings)