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.Jump to Recipe Print Recipe
A sweet delicacy made with roasted chickpea flour, clarified butter, sugar , nuts and cardamom powder
- 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
In a heavy bottomed pan dry roast the chickpea flour on a low to medium flame for 15 minutes taking care not to burn.
Add the ghee or clarified butter and roast for another 15 minutes until it becomes a paste and you get a nutty flavor.
Transfer into a plate and cool by spreading with a spoon .
Add the powdered sugar after it is kind of cool and mix evenly.
Add the powdered nuts and cardamom powder.
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.
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!
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.