Besan Ladoo or Besan Ke Laddu is a popular Indian sweet made from gram flour, powdered sugar, and clarified butter (ghee). Besan Ladoo is one of the most popular Indian sweets.
Festivals are incomplete without sweets and in India, festivals are incomplete without ladoos. Ladoo, an Indian sweet can be made using various ingredients and is round in shape.
We make ladoos out of so many ingredients, there’s motichoor ladoo, atta ladoo (made with whole wheat flour), rava ladoo (made with semolina), coconut ladoo, and so on. Out of all these amazing ladoos, besan ladoo is my absolute favorite.
Also known as Besan Laddu these are round sweet balls made by roasting gram flour and ghee together, and then adding sugar to make a thick pasty dough – that is then formed into delicious, melt-in-your-mouth balls. Make this decadent sweet with my easy fail-proof recipe.
These ladoos are already healthy and nutritious, as they are made with gram flour. You can add chopped nuts and reduce sugar to make these even more nutritious. Although it is easy, patience is required so that you don’t roast the ingredients too quickly. Patience and a strong stirring arm!
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Ingredients for Besan ladoo
- ½ cup Ghee (clarified butter)
- 2 cups besan/gram flour (coarse)
- ½ Cup Sugar
- 1teaspoon cardamom powder
- 2 teaspoons chopped nuts like almonds, cashews optional
Instructions for Besan ladoo
- For about 5 minutes, dry roast the besan over low to medium heat in a large kadai or pan.
- Keep on stirring continuously right from the beginning. So that the besan is not burned and cooks evenly.
- Now To a heavy bottom pan, add ghee and let it melt on medium heat.
- Once the ghee melts, add roasted besan to the pan.
- roast on low flame until the besan is well combined with ghee.
- Do not stop stirring else besan might burn.
- Keep stirring continuously on low heat. Besan will continue to loosen up and after around 15 minutes, it will turn into a smooth paste-like consistency.
- Soon you will see that the mixture will start releasing ghee and will give a nice fragrant aroma.
- Remove the Kadai or pan from the stove and keep it on your kitchen countertop.
- Allow the besan mixture to cool off for 5 mins.
- Till then Take the sugar in a mixer jar.
- Grind it to smooth powder. you can alternatively use Tagar or Boora.
- Now, add the powdered sugar to the besan mixture. Give a good mix.
- stir well so that no lumps are formed.
- After adding sugar mix really well. The entire sugar has to be mixed evenly with the roasted besan and ghee mixture.
- Also, add cardamom powder and chopped nuts if using. You can use any nuts like almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, or pine nuts. Just chop them before adding.
- Mix again very well and let the ladoo mixture become lukewarm or cool at room temperature.
- Now, pinch a small portion from the dough and press it between your palms. Then roll between your palm to form a round shape.
- You can apply a little ghee to your hands while rolling.
- Make all ladoos similar. Store them in an airtight container.
- finally, enjoy besan ladoo for 2 weeks in an airtight container.
Tips and Variations
- The besan has to be roasted very well so that it starts releasing ghee and gives a nutty fragrance.
- If you double or triple this recipe, the roasting time will increase as well.
- Roast the gram flour on low to medium-low heat and keep on stirring non-stop.
- If you add sugar to the gram flour before it is roasted well, then the uncooked gram flour will have a raw taste in the finished ladoo and you won’t get the perfect sweet taste.
- Add nuts of your choice to get a crunchy bite.
- Also, once you add the sugar stir continuously so that no lumps are formed.
Besan is sticking in my mouth while eating the ladoo
This is typically due to the type of besan you used and whether it was properly roasted. The normal fine form of besan has a higher likelihood of this occurring. This won’t happen if you use ladoo besan, which is the coarse form of besan, to make your besan ladoos.
However, I virtually always make ladoos at home with the standard fine besan, so this never occurs. But now that you know how to remedy it if this occurs with a certain brand of besan you use.
Can’t bind the besan ladoo into balls
However, this typically occurs when the ladoos contain an excessive amount of ghee. This shouldn’t be an issue using the ratio specified in the recipe. Allow the mixture to cool; alternatively, you can put it in the refrigerator for five minutes before binding the ladoos. The mixture could be a little tricky to shape when it’s warm. Ghee is simpler to form into ladoos as it solidifies.
My Besan ladoo tastes raw.
When making besan ladoo, this is the main issue that people encounter. When they bind the ladoo and bite into a piece, it still tastes raw after roasting for 20 to 25 minutes. And that’s undoubtedly a bad sensation, as all your efforts have been in vain. Here are 5 ways to check if your besan has been properly roasted!
- The besan will become this brownish-golden color once the color changes.
- The roasted besan’s nutty aroma will permeate your kitchen.
- Ghee will be visible atop the roasted besan.
- Besan will feel lighter and fluffier as if it has been filled with air.
- Lastly, the most crucial tip: simply place some besan in a small bowl and allow it to cool slightly. then give it a taste test. The flavor of raw besan is difficult to forget. You need to roast it longer if it tastes raw. The most reliable way to determine whether the besan is raw is to taste it.
- Can I store Besan ladoo?
Yes, you can store Besan ladoo in an airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature. If you want them to last longer, store them in the refrigerator for up to a month.
- Are Besan Laddoo vegan?
Besan Laddoos are not vegan as they contain ghee, which is a type of clarified butter made from cow’s milk.
- Can I make Besan ladoo without sugar?
While sugar is a key ingredient in Besan Laddoos, you can substitute it with a sugar substitute or reduce the amount of sugar used. However, this may affect the taste and texture of the laddoos.
- How many calories are in Besan Laddoos?
The number of calories in Besan Laddoos can vary based on the recipe and size of the laddoo. On average, a single Besan Laddoo contains around 150-200 calories.
In conclusion, Besan Ladoo is not just a sweet treat; it’s a piece of Indian culinary history. Its simple yet delightful flavors have been cherished for centuries. By following our step-by-step guide, you can recreate this traditional Indian sweet in the comfort of your own kitchen.
So, why settle for store-bought ladoos when you can craft your own batch of Besan Ladoo? Share these delectable treats with your loved ones and celebrate the sweetness of life, one ladoo at a time.
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