Updated: Oct 9, 2022
Besan Ladoo are round sweet balls made by roasting gram flour, ghee and sugar. I have veganized them using coconut oil instead of ghee.
A premium and traditional Indian sweet recipe passed on by generations and are typically made during festival seasons.
Coconut Oil - 100 Grams
Gram or Chickpeas Flour - 300 Grams
Cardamom Powder - Half teaspoon
Turmeric Powder - 1 Pinch
Finely Chopped Dry fruits - Optional
Sugar - 250-300 grams (Fine grain sugar - not powdered)
Step 1 : Cook Chickpeas or Gram Flour
Heat a pan and add 100 grams of coconut oil
Once the oil melts, add 300 grams of gram flour or chickpeas flour
Mix it well with the oil and break all the lumps while cooking it over low heat.
Make sure it’s cooked over low heat else the chickpeas flour will get burnt.
You will start to smell the wonderful aroma of cooked flour
After 10-12 minutes of cooking, the texture of the flour will get solid like small blocks.
The flour will become paste-like, continue to stir it and fold till you get the semi liquid paste.
After a couple of more minutes over low heat and it should be done
Switch off the heat and transfer it to a fresh bowl.
Step 2 : Prepare the Ladoos
Mix and wait for it to cool down.
Let it cool down outside at room temperature. Never place it in the refrigerator.
Once it’s at room temperature, add half teaspoon of cardamom powder, a pinch or turmeric powder for color( it’s entirely optional), finely chopped dry fruits, 300 grams of sugar, which I know seems a lot but it’s just perfect for this recipe.
Use fine grain sugar, and not powdered sugar. When you eat the Ladoo you will get this coarseness in the Ladoo which reflects the quality of a good besan Ladoo, which comes from the fine grain sugar and not the powdered one.
Sugar can be replaced with jaggery
Step 3 : Shape the Ladoos
Take a small quantity of the batter and start to shape the Ladoos.
Bind the ladoo with your hand and then shape between both your palms.
It might look a little loose while preparing it, but after a couple of hours the Ladoo will hold it’s shape and will solidify further.
Garnish it using Pista or almond flakes, it’s optional.
Prepare the remaining Ladoos the same way & see how easy it is to prepare these mithais at home.
Do try this at home and please share your feedback in the comment section
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