Easy and Delicious Besan Ladoo Recipe or besan laddus recipe just in time for Diwali this year! Besan ladoos are one of 5 essential Diwali sweets and those are shankarpali, chakli, ladoo, chivda and karanji in Maharashtrian and other Indian households.
Over the years, I have tried many different besan laddus. One thing common in most recipes is that the besan or gram flour is not fully roasted. As a result, it causes the laddus to taste raw. The roasting process is what differentiates the perfect ladoo from the ordinary.
Basic besan ladoo recipe uses only 4 ingredients. In India, you can find a special kind of chickpea flour that has the perfect consistency for laddus. However, if you are in the United States, the besan ladoo flour is too course and the regular besan flour is too fine. What I like to do is combine them in equal quantities so as to get the consistency as close to the kind you get in India.
Try to use good quality ghee. I make my own ghee and it tastes absolutely heavenly. Roasting flours should take about 15 to 20 minutes on medium flame. Smell the flour and if it smells raw, you need to roast it a little longer. Use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar and as a result this will help bring the laddu together instead of making the laddu gritty.
After you roll your laddus, set them on a plate. They will take about 15 to 20 minutes to set. If you like perfectly round laddus, roll them a few times while they set. Scroll down for a detailed Besan Ladoo Recipe.
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Besan ladoo recipe
- ⅓ cup ghee or clarified butter
- 1 cup regular besan or gram flour
- 1 cup ladoo besan or course gram flour
- ½-¾ cup sugar (powdered) adjust to your taste
- ¼ tsp cardamom powder
- 12 raisins (optional) use golden or black
- Melt ghee in a pan over medium flame.
- Add both types of gram flours.
- Roast flour on medium flame, stirring continuously, until its brown and aromatic. It should take 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure that flour doesn't burn.
- Once the flour is well-roasted, turn off the flame and rest it for 10 minutes.
- Add cardamom powder.
- Add powdered sugar. Adjust the sugar to your taste. You will need at least half cup and up to ¾th cups.
- Mix it well. Use your hands to knead into a dough-like consistency. The sugar will be well incorporated into the flour.
- Use your hands to roll the dough into round laddus. Use a raisin to garnish.
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