Besan Laddoos for Diwali

Today I made besan laddoos which are a favourite in our home, particularly with my elder daughter who is always away for the festival. Gram flour is popular all over India and can be found in various shapes, sizes and forms.

The traditional Besan ladoos which we make in Maharashtrian homes are made thus:

  • 4 cups of coarsely ground besan or gram flour
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pure ghee
  • 5-6 strands of saffron
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tspns powdered cardamom
  • 2 tbspns raisins
  • 2 tbspsn slivers of almonds

I sifted the powdered sugar and kept it aside.

I put the ghee in a huge big wok and added the besan and began stirring it on a medium flame till it became golden brown , the ghee separated from the mixture and the whole house was redolent with the aroma of besan browing in pure ghee. I added the saffron strands and stirred it some more.

I then took the wok off the fire and sprinkled the milk into the mixture and quickly stirred it up. I allowed it to cool and when it was still slightly warm,  added the sifted powdered sugar and kneaded it into a smooth dough. I then added the powdered cardamom , raisins and slivers of almonds and rolled them into round balls or ladoos.  

Nota Bene

This made around 2 dozen smallish ladoos so you can increase the quantities if you want more!

Don’t make the mistake of adding the sugar while the mixture is hot – you will land up in a great mess!

While Diwali is the perfect time to make this dish, it is equally popular year round particularly while traveling as these laddoos stay well for a long time.

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