Besan Laddoo (Diwali special-3)

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A long awaited post on this blog and finally it is done today. I have already put up Churmi Laddoo, Besan-atta-rava Laddoo, Coconut Rava Laddoo, Dalia Dal Laddoo, Kare Laddoo, Janmashtami Ladoo, Peanut Ladoo, Sesame Laddoo, Churmuri Laddoo and now this is the pure Besan Laddoo and is very popular among the Maharashtrian community.  It is of course a yummy laddoo provided of course pure ghee is used to roast chick peas atta which is the main ingredient of the dish. Here it is.

What you need to have:

1. Chick peas atta / Besan – 5 cups

2.  Powdered sugar – 2 and 1/4 cup (as per taste)

3. Pure ghee – 1 and 1/2  cup(approx) 

4. Cardamom – 10

5. Cashews & Raisins  – Optional

Ingredients of Besan Laddoo

What you do with what you have:

1. Sieve chick peas atta in atta sieve, peel cardamom and keep it aside.

2. Place a skillet with pure ghee in it on medium flame. When heated simmer the flame and add chick peas atta from step 1 to it and fry for about 45 minutes till you get a pleasant aroma. The colour of atta may also change a little which will taste better.  While being fried you may feel that the mixture is like a semi liquid which on cooling and especially on adding powdered sugar will be fine.(Hence please do not be panic , it is usual!!!!)

Chick peas atta being fried in pure ghee

3. Place another skillet and warm up sugar till it starts crystalizing.  Add pealed cardamom from step-1 to it and powder the same on cooling.

Sugar being warmed up to just crystalize a little

4. On fried chick peas atta being cooled completely, add powdered sugar from step 3 to it.  

Sugar powder added to fried chick peas atta

5.  Mix fried atta, powdered sugar well with your hands and make smooth round laddoos. Garnish it with cashews, Raisins of your choice.  Yummmmm enjoy!!!!

Ready to serve Besan laddoos

Number of Laddoos: 35

How long it takes: 1.5 hours

Good to remember:

1. Always use a wooden spatula to fry atta in pure ghee/oil/Dalda. The reason being the metal spatula gets heated up and it emits heat and burns the atta more. Wooden spatula being bad conductor of heat it will help out better to fry atta in pure ghee/oil.

2. In the begining one may feel hard to just stir with the wooden spatula as the time passes it will easily move as atta mixes up with pure ghee.

2. Just crystalizing sugar makes laddoos a little harder than brittle.

3. Completly cool fried atta and later add sugar powder to it and make laddoos at your leisure.  (Even keeping it overnight and then  making  the laddoos also will serve the purpose better.)

4. You may feel that ghee is more and is flowing out of atta  on being switched off.  But be assured that all of it will be absorbed when you add powdered sugar.

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10 thoughts on “Besan Laddoo (Diwali special-3)

    Sushma said:
    November 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Looks so lovely and yummy, would love to have it :)….Happy Diwali Wishes to u and ur family 🙂

    Apu said:
    November 7, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Laddoos look divine!!

    Priya said:
    November 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Cute laddoos..

    Ramya Ragukiran said:
    November 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Tried these for the festival and they were a hit. everybody loved hem. Thanks for sharing.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

      Hi Ramya,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments which is always welcome.

    Usha Prashanth said:
    November 10, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Hi!
    Laddoos are looking so lovely. Good to remember points are very useful. good idea!

    Purnima said:
    July 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    How many grams besan here? I wd try this tom. Tks for the recipe, maaiye.

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Hi Purnima,

      As per the request of many bloggers i have put up all measurements in terms of cups.

    Tasnim said:
    January 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Can you make it without sugar?

      prathibalrao responded:
      January 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Tasnim,

      Laddoo is a sweet dish and needs sugar only. One can even use sugar free in place of sugar for sure!!!!!!!!!!

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