Besan Laddu – A delicacy

Besan Laddu is a sweet delicacy made with chickpea flour, clarified butter, sugar , powdered cardamom and nuts .It is one of the most   loved sweets and  made popularly during  festive occasions in India or even otherwise. It tastes out of the world and is so addictive that you can’t seem to have enough of .Frankly, it was my first attempt at making it,  although I have had it many times and is one of my favorite sweets .This can be made with regular chickpeas flour or the coarse chickpea flour which is sold in the stores by name Besan Laddu flour.

I was told by many folks that one of the important things to pay attention is to roast the chickpea flour thoroughly ,else you can taste the raw flavor of the chickpea flour. It also requires constant stirring on a low flame to roast the flour continuously. Some recipes require to roast the chickpea flour along with the ghee for half an hour  . This process is tedious and a little tricky to get  the flour evenly cooked as it  gets pasty and you need strong arms to keep stirring continuously . The easiest way for first timers attempting this  would be to dry roast the flour for about 15 minutes till it  loosens up , flows freely and gives a nice aroma . Next,  add the ghee or clarified butter and then roast for another 15 minutes till you get a nutty flavor and a nice aroma.It is much easier to cook using this process and it worked out perfectly for me.Not bad for a first time, huh! The other  tip to remember, is try to roll the balls  while it is still warm and you are able to handle the heat to get a nice round shape.

I have also  heard about many recipes which use the microwave method to prepare these laddus and claim to be a shortcut which seem to use less effort and time. I have not yet tried that ,so cannot comment on that. I’m sure that method would definitely work for busy folks .I tried to get some close up shots of the laddus using the prime lens and have posted all my favorite shots. Hope you are inspired to make the laddus .I will be glad to hear how it turned out.

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5 from 3 votes
Besan Laddu
Cook Time
30 mins

A sweet delicacy made with roasted chickpea flour, clarified butter, sugar , nuts and cardamom powder

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
  • 2 cups besan or chickpea flour coarse flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar powdered
  • 2 tbsp cashews powdered
  • 1 tsp cardamom powdered
  • 2/3 cup clarified butter or ghee
  1. In a heavy bottomed pan dry roast the chickpea flour  on a  low to medium flame for 15 minutes taking care not to burn.

  2. Add the ghee or clarified butter and roast for another 15 minutes until it becomes a paste and you get a nutty flavor.

  3. Transfer into a plate and cool by spreading with a spoon .

  4. Add the powdered sugar after it is kind of cool and mix evenly.

  5. Add the powdered nuts and cardamom powder.

  6. Take a small scoop and roll into small balls using your palm when it is still medium hot and your hand is able to handle the heat.

  7. The ball may not retain the round shape and so you may need to redo it get a nice round shape. Cool it for a while .Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I used Besan laddu flour that is available in stores which is chickpea flour that is a little coarse . However you can use the regular gram flour with a little semolina to get the coarse texture or just plain chickpea flour.

Besan Laddu a sweet delicacy!
Besan Laddus for any festive occasion or even otherwise!
Besan laddus made with chickpea flour, clarified butter, nuts and  cardamom 
Another close-up view !

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  • Reply
    December 13, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    I love chickpeas! Why is it I never knew the made chickpea flour….lol I would love to taste these and your little candles are gorgeous!

    • Reply
      December 14, 2018 at 2:23 am

      We use chickpea flour in Indian cooking for a variety of sweet and savory dishes. The laddus are rich as it uses clarified butter , but tastes really good ,wish I could send some your way. Thank you so much Diane for the wonderful comments!

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    December 13, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! Love these beautiful melt-in-mouth golden laddu, they look so tempting and make my mouth water. 🙂

    • Reply
      December 14, 2018 at 2:29 am

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comments!

  • Reply
    December 13, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Woow yummy. I love colorful pots

    • Reply
      December 14, 2018 at 2:31 am

      Thank you so much Deepa , glad you liked it!

  • Reply
    December 14, 2018 at 1:08 am

    My favourite and always first choice over any other sweets.😋

    • Reply
      December 14, 2018 at 2:33 am

      Thank you so much , glad to know that it is your favorite among all the sweets!

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    Caz / InvisiblyMe
    December 14, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    5 stars
    Besan Laddu, never heard of this at all! Sounds interesting, and would be cool if you could use the microwave if pushed for time. Fantastic up-close shots, looks yum! 🙂

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      December 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Glad you like it Caz. Yes indeed I heard it’s quite simple and uses less time using the microwave, hopefully will try that next time . I enjoyed taking the close up photos. Thanks so much for the appreciation!

  • Reply
    December 16, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Love these beautiful , melt in the mouth laddoos Nisha ! Will try them soon 🙂

    • Reply
      December 17, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks a lot Smitha, yes you are absolutely right they just melt in the mouth .I would love to hear how they turned out !

  • Reply
    December 17, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    5 stars
    Besan laddoos are alway sa favorite!

    • Reply
      December 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Sure Sandhya, most people usually love this laddu and a favorite of many.Thank you for stopping by and the comments!

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    December 18, 2018 at 2:29 am

    EPIC sweet of India…
    Looks absolutely NOMNOM Nisha 👍

    • Reply
      September 17, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you Jyo, somehow missed your comment .

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    Pieter San
    October 16, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Besan Ladoo is among the most delicious dishes prepared during Diwali that one can ever imagine. The images you have shared reflect Besan Laddoos that are truly soft and simply melt in the mouth. I love it when my mother makes these Laddoos for Diwali. Keep sharing more sweet recipes for Diwali.

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      October 17, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      Yes I agree it is one of the most delicious sweets for Diwali ! Thank you so much for the wonderful comments .It does inspire me to keep going!

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