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Besan Ladoo Recipe

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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.

Besan ladoo recipe
Besan laddu recipe

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

Besan ladoo recipe

Diwali sweet made with chickpea flour and ghee
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 12 ladoos
Calories 155 kcal



  • 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.


Please roast the flour well. A lot of people like to keep it yellow and you can taste the rawness in the final product.
Note the change in the color from when you start until after the flour is fully roasted. 
You will see that the flour-ghee combination becomes almost liquidy but don’t worry. It will solidify once you’ve added powdered sugar.
Please don’t use granulated sugar. Powdered sugar will give you the best texture.


Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only. Actual numbers may be different from those provided below. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


Nutrition Facts
Besan ladoo recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 173mg5%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 5g10%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Diwali, Festival
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By FoodLifeAndMoney in November, 2020

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