Besan Laddu is also popular Indian sweet. It is prepared by roasting gram flour or chickpea flour (besan) with ghee or clarified butter. Besan laddus are popular in northern parts of india especially in Maharashtra. They are generally prepared on special occasions or festivals. You can substitute dry fruits as per your taste.
They can be served any time. Store besan laddu in an air-tight container in a cool place.
Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Makes 20 laddus (may vary according to size)
- 2 cups gram flour (besan)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar powder
- 8 to 10 cashew nuts (finely chopped); optional
- 8 to 10 almonds (finely chopped); optional
- 12 to 15 raisins; optional
- 5 to 6 pistachio (finely chopped); optional
- 1 cup clarified butter or ghee
- 2 tsp cardamom powder
Take a heavy bottom pan and heat clarified butter for 5 minutes at medium flame. Once hot, reduce it to low flame.
Add besan in this pan and keep stiring until it become golden brown (you will get a nice aroma from the flour, when it starts getting brown). It may take 25 to 30 minutes.
Then add cashew nuts and almonds and fry it for another 10 minutes, stirring it frequently.
Now let it cool down. And then add sugar powder, cardamom powder, raisins and pistachio.
Mix it well. Now to make laddus, take approx. 2 tbsp of the mixture between your palm and press the mixture to form a smooth round ball.
Usually the size of a laddu is about the size of ping pong ball but you can adjust as you prefer.
Besan laddu may be served any time as you like.