Besan ladoo recipe

Besan ladoo recipe – This is most common and popular sweet recipe made during the festivals in India. It is made from three main ingredients – Ghee, besan (aka gram flour) and powdered sugar (aka boora, tagar).

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Making besan ladoo at home is very easy. It is pretty hard to mess up with the recipe.

The key to get the perfect and good tasting ladoo is roasting the besan well. Yes, you need to roast the besan on low flame with stirring constantly. If it is not roasted properly, you will taste the raw taste of besan. It is not pleasant taste.

You will notice different stages during the process of roasting.

  • First you will add besan to the hot ghee. As you start, it will lumpy and you need to make efforts to stir the besan meaning you will feel it heavy.
  • As it gets roasted, it starts to loosen up. Ghee will starts to ooze out. Also you will get nutty aroma of the besan. It will not be lumpy any more, it is more like ‘thick paste’.
  • You will not feel heavy anymore while stirring. This is the right time, you know that besan is roasted nicely and perfectly.

Please use the powdered sugar (boora or tagar) to make the smooth textured ladoo. No it is NOT regular sugar in powder form.


How to make besan ladoo recipe (Step by Step Photos):


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1) Heat the ghee or clarified butter in a pan on LOW heat. Once hot add besan and mix.

2) Roast the besan on low flame with stirring continuously. At the beginning, it will be little lumpy. Keep on stirring and cooking.
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3) As it gets roasted, it starts to loosen up.

4) Continue cooking, it will not be lumpy any more. You will feel little light while stirring.
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5) And then it starts to change color, you will have nutty aroma of cooked besan and will be paste like and shiny – meaning ghee starts ooze out. It took me about 10-12 minutes.

6) Remove it to a plate. Let it cool to touch or let it get warm.
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7) Then add powdered sugar and cardamom powder.

8) Start mixing with your fingertips.
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9) It will come together like a loose dough.

10) Shape into the ladoo and place on the plate. As the mixture is loose and warm, ladoo will not hold its round shape and will become flat.
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11) No worries. After some time it cools down (about 15 minutes later). Then again shape into the ladoo. Now it will hold its round shape. But be sure, don’t wait too long to cool down. Otherwise it will get firm.

12) You can garnish it with chopped nuts or charoli.
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Alternately you can add chopped nuts into the ladoo mixture before shaping them. Here I have kept them plain.

Serving suggestion: besan ladoo are made during the festival or special occasions. During Ganesh chaturthi festival, it can be offered to Lord ganesha as a bhog/prasad. During Diwali, it can be served as a snack along with few savory snacks to the guests. Or you can enjoy it any time of the day.

There are many variation to besan ladoo recipe-

  1. Many times I add little bit of semolina to this and make rava besan ladoo.
  2. I do make Gujarati style magaj ladoo, it is made from coarse besan
  3. Sometimes, I do add khoya to it. I will share that recipe in future.
  4. Many people add nut powder (e.g. cashew nut powder or almond powder) in to this mixture

Besan ladoo recipe | How to make besan ladoo | Besan laddu

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Besan ladoo recipe

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 6 ladoos
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

  • 1/3 cup Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cup Besan (gram flour)
  • ½ cup Powdered sugar (Confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar) (tagar or boora)
  • teaspoon Green cardamom seeds powder

Instructions

Making besan ladoo recipe:

  1. Heat the ghee or clarified butter in a pan on LOW heat. Once hot add besan and mix.
  2. Roast the besan on low flame with stirring continuously.
  3. At the beginning, it will be little lumpy. Keep on stirring and cooking. As it gets roasted, it starts to loosen up.
  4. Continue cooking, it will not be lumpy any more. You will feel little light while stirring.
  5. And then it starts to change color, you will have nutty aroma of cooked besan and will be paste like and shiny - meaning ghee starts ooze out.
  6. It took me about 10-12 minutes.
  7. Remove it to a plate. Let it cool to touch or let it get warm.
  8. Then add powdered sugar and cardamom powder.
  9. Start mixing with your fingertips. It will come together like a loose dough.
  10. Shape into the ladoo and place on the plate.
  11. You can garnish it with chopped nuts or charoli.

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