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January 19, 2009

BESAN LADOO RECIPE/KADALAI MAAVU LADDU-DIWALI SWEETS RECIPES

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Diwali is fast approaching.Its time to revisit & update my old sweet recipes posts.To begin with,i prepared besan ke laddu/Gram flour ladoo( Kadalai maavu urundai in Tamil).Besan laddu is a very easy recipe but bit tricky.Generally North Indians prepare this laddu for Ganesh chaturthi but we south Indians make ladoo for Diwali and other special occasions.Roasting the gram flour properly gives you the best ,flavourful laddu.I referred tarla dalal,Sanjeev kapoor’s recipes and even vahchef’s video.The ingredients and the quantity mentioned everywhere was more or less similar.So i followed them and slightly adjusted the sugar & ghee as per my family’s liking.When i browsed for besan ladoo,i found shiny ladoos as well as the  semi dry ones like we get in Haldiram and other sweet boxes.I tried both the versions using 1/2 cup of besan and shared the same here.There is no much difference in both the methods except the place of adding ghee.In first version,i used all the ghee for roasting the flour and it yielded shiny ladoos.For the second version,i followed my mom’s moong dal ladoo method and made it dry adding less ghee comparitively.I loved both but Sendhil’s vote is for the shiny onesWinking.Whatever method u follow,roasting in very low flame for longer time is needed to make it perfect.Lets see how to prepare this yummy,easy besan ladoo/Gram flour laddu recipe using 2 methods.Enjoy making it for this Diwali and other festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi,Holi and of course for this Navratri tooHappy.Do read the do’s & don’ts before proceeding to the recipe.

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DO’s & DON’Ts
  • Sieving gram flour before roasting is very important to avoid lumps.
  • Roasting the gram flour in low to medium flame with constant stirring is most important to make perfect laddu.The color of gram flour should be golden brown and not dark brown.Keep smelling every now and then to find out whether the gram flour is roasted properly.(Ask your family members for the same).Roasting takes minimum  5-10 minutes in very low flame based on the quantity of gram flour you use.Stay nearby and roast it patiently.
  • If u add all the ghee for roasting,roast till the besan starts to turn into a glossy paste leaving ghee in the kadai.Good non-stick kadai is necessary to find the besan leaving ghee.
  • Also do not add the powdered sugar when the roasted gram flour is too hot.It will make the mixture goey and u won’t get properly shaped ladoo.So its better to add powdered sugar only after the gram flour cools completely or warm.
  • There are two types of gram flour available in market.One is coarse besan and the other one is fine besan.Generally besan ladoos are made using coarse flour.But if u have fine flour,u can add a tsp of sooji/semolina while roasting the flour to get crunchy taste.Similarly Boora sugar/tegra is used instead of normal powdered sugar.But both works fine.
  • Some people add a pinch of nutmeg powder along with cardamom powder.U can do if u like.
  • Some recipes also suggest to use atta/wheat flour along with gram flour but i am not sure about the quantity.
  • You can double this recipe for making in large quantities but just adjust sugar based on your need.

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Besan ladoo recipe


Besan ladoo recipe Easy besan ladoo recipe for Diwali and other festivals- two versions
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Yields: 3-4 nos
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
Method - 1 for shiny version
  • Besan/Gram flour - 1/2 cup
  • Powdered sugar - 1/3 cup(use 1/2 cup for more sugar)
  • Melted ghee - 2.5 tbsp
  • Cardamom seeds - 2 nos
Method -2 for dry version
  • Gram flour/besan - 1/2 cup
  • Powdered sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Melted ghee - 2-3 tbsp
  • Cardamom seeds - 2 nos
METHOD

  • Sieve the mentioned gram flour well by breaking the lumps.Powder the sugar nicely.Set aside.This step is common for both the method.
how to make besan ladoo
  • METHOD – 1 Heat all the ghee in a non-stick kadai and roast the cashews in low flame.I used badam here.Cut into small pieces and keep in a plate.
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  • Add the sieved flour to the ghee and roast it well by keeping the flame very low to medium whenever required.Take care not to burn.Its better to keep the flame low and keep stirring constantly.It will turn to a paste & starts to leave the ghee.Keep roasting till u get it like a shiny whole mass as you see in the picture .The entire house smells with roasted flour n ghee.Switch off the flame and let it cool in the kadai itself.Mix once or twice in the middle.
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  • After the besan is cooled completely,add the powdered sugar & crushed cardamom powder. Mix well.Your hands would do a good job here.So don’t hesitate.Mix well.Mixture will become crumbly now.Make balls and arrange.Initially balls may be goey, and improper in shape & sticking to the plate.So arrange in a polythene sheet or butter paper.When it cools down completely,u can make the balls tight n perfectly round.
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  • For METHOD-2,Roast the cashews in a tsp of ghee and in the same kadai,add the sieved gram flour.Roast in low flame till it changes its color to golden brown.Switch off the flame and let it become warm.Add the powdered sugar and cardamom powder.Mix well.Add hot melted ghee and mix the flour well with the ladle.When the mixture is warm,make tight balls and arrange in a plate.
HOW TO MAKE BESAN LADOO
HOW TO MAKE BESAN LADOO-1HOW TO MAKE BESAN LADOO-2

Try any based on your liking. Both tastes yummy !


Note

    • Make sure the besan is roasted well .Otherwise it would smell raw.
    • If u r not able to make balls , add 1 tbsp of more ghee and make balls.. Adding less ghee than the mentioned quantity gives dry balls.Adding too much of ghee makes the balls shapeless.It wont be firm.U can also try adding little milk to make balls but shelf life gets reduced..
    • Adjust the sugar according to your taste buds. Before shaping the balls , just taste it and add more if u need.. 
                                 




KITCHEN CLINIC
Besan flour
Nutrition Facts (Calculated for 1 cup)  Calories 356  
Calories from Fat 55g  (15%)  Amount Per Serving  %DV 
Total Fat 6.2g  9% 
Saturated Fat 0.6g  3% 
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g  
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.7g  
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg  0% 
Sodium 58mg  2% 
Potassium 778mg  22% 
Total Carbohydrate 53.2g  17%  Dietary Fiber 9.9g  39% 
Sugars 10.0g  
Protein 20.6g  41% 

I am very happy in sending this entry to JFI: chickpea event
hosted by Ms of Sometime foodie and an event started by Indira of Mahanandi.
Also sending this to cooking for kids event by sharmi of neivedyam.

Which one are you going to try,Shiny laddo OR Dry ones ?? Batting Eyelashes
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8 comments :

  1. hey you have a nice blog here... laddoos look divine..

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  2. Hi chitra,
    mini laddoos look good. Thanks for taking the time to calculate nutrition info as well.

    thanks for the great entry to JFI Chicpea!
    best,
    ms

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  3. THANKU UJ,MS.UR COMMENTS ARE REALLY ENCOURAGING!!

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  4. Thank you Chitra for sharing such a nice recipe. and thanks for dropping by. Laddu's looks awesome, why can't you send to FIC Yellow.

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  5. Hii Chitra...U have a grt blog here...laddoos look delicious...

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