Besan Laddu or Besan Ladoo 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. They taste out of the world and are so addictive that you can't seem to have enough of them. Frankly, it was my first attempt at making it. I have although had it many times. It is in fact one of my favorite sweets. This can be made with regular chickpeas flour or the coarse chickpea flour and sold in the stores by the name Besan Laddu flour.
How to make delicious Besan Laddu sweet?
I was advised by many folks that one of the important things to pay attention to is to roast the chickpea flour thoroughly. If not roasted well, 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.
Tips to reduce the effort for Besan Laddu sweet preparation
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 make the laddus using this process and worked out perfectly for me. Not bad for the first time, huh!
Tips to roll the Besan laddu sweet balls
The other tip to remember is, trying to roll the balls while the mixture is still warm and you are able to handle the heat to get a nice round shape. Do not worry if the shape is not a perfect round and flattens. You can always re-shape it after it cools. The idea is to get the first round shape when it is still warm so it can be bound together.
Can you use microwave to make the Besan laddu sweet?
I have also heard about many recipes that use the microwave to prepare these laddus, and claim to be a shortcut that uses 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 will be trying that soon as well and create a post on that. 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. You may also like to try the Rava coconut laddu if you liked this , do check it out.
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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
- ⅔ 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.