Besan Laddoo

Besan Laddoo is a much-loved, simple and one of the most popular sweets that’s made during festivals, poojas or any special occasions, in India. Its main ingredients are besan (chickpea flour), ghee (clarified butter) & sugar. Variants of it are made adding nuts or hints of flavours like cardamom, rose etc. These are a hit with all age-groups and kids especially gobble them up! When I was growing up, this used to be the ‘Prashad’ that was offered to Lord Hanuman, on our temple visits, every Tuesday. It still remains one of the few sweets that I relish.
Although the recipe is quite simple, it takes a lot of patience. Besan is roasted on low flame so that it cooks evenly and doesn’t over-roast. Constant stirring is integral to the preparation of these laddoos. Show some love ❤️ Here’s my simple recipe for it. Enjoy!

Besan Laddoo

Course: DessertCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium
Pieces

8

pieces
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes

The much-loved Indian dessert made with chickpea flour & loads of ghee! Decadent, tasty & nostalgia-invoking.

Ingredients

  • Besan (chickpea flour): 1/2 cup

  • Sugar: 1/2 cup

  • Ghee (clarified butter): 1/4th cup

  • Elaichi (cardamom): 2

  • Almonds: For garnish

Directions

  • Roast the besan on medium heat, while continuously stirring it, till it turns golden brown in colour & the raw smell disappears.
  • Cool down the besan and sieve it so that no lumps remain.
  • Powder the sugar & elaichi together, and add to the besan.
  • Melt the ghee & add it to the besan mix.
  • Mix well with a spoon and once it’s cool enough to handle, shape the mix into laddoos.
  • Add almond halves onto each laddoo as garnish, & serve.

Notes

  • Besan burns fast, so don’t leave it unattended.
  • Ghee is the only element that adds richness and flavour here, so please don’t skimp.
  • Almond garnish is optional. You can use cashews or raisins too, if you’d like.

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