Besan Ladoo Recipe


Besan ladoo is a popular Indian dessert made during festivities and special occasions. It is made with three simple ingredients- besan (gram flour), ghee, and sugar.

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Besan ladoo kept in a cream plate with almonds garnishing

This creamy and soft dessert tastes amazing and literally melts in the mouth, It’s a personal favorite of mine, and many Indians likewise.

What is Besan?

Besan, also known as gram flour or chickpea flour in India is the most common ingredient in Indian cooking.

It is made from yellow split Bengal gram (chana dal).

In Indian besan is also known as chickpea flour, However, there is a slight difference in chickpea flour as it’s made with garbanzo beans or white chickpeas.

To know more about the difference between chickpea flour and gram flour click here.

What is Besan Ladoo?

Besan ladoo is a luscious rich dessert made by rolling gram flour into round ball-shaped sizes.

Besan Ladoo is made by roasting the gram flour in ghee (clarified butter), then topping it with sugar and nuts and rolling it into small round shaped balls.

ladoo of besan kept in a cream plate garnished with saffron, cashews and pistachios

Ladoos are a very common dessert made during festivities, however, there are different varieties of them like Rava laddoo, coconut ladoo, and wheat ladoo.

There are also different variations to making besan ladoo, some people prefer adding sooji(semolina) for a crunchy texture.

However, I personally prefer the old traditional style which means only using the besan (gram flour).

You may choose to add nuts like pistachios, almonds, cashews, or raisins. Feel free to pick what suits you.

Tips to Make Besan ladoo

1. Roasting the besan- The most important step in making besan ladoos is the roasting of gram flour.

Proper roasting of gram flour helps in getting nice aromatic ladoos as the gram flour is cooked well and the raw and bitter taste is removed.

It does take a little time and strength of your arms, but trust me it’s really worthwhile.

But be careful not to go overboard while roasting as burnt gram flour might not taste nice either, hence you must stop roasting when the gram flour starts to turn golden-ish and starts smelling aromatic.

2. Roast on low heat– Gram flour tends to burn on high heat without even being cooked, hence it’s crucial that you keep the heat low at all times while roasting as this helps in making the flour aromatic with a nice golden-ish texture.

3. Do not leave it unattended– Yes if you are planning to make besan laddoos, they need your 100% attention, you have to continuously keep stirring it until you get the desired texture. It took me around 25-30 minutes to get the perfect roasted flour.

4. Do not add sugar when the roasted flour is hot– We all know if sugar is added to anything hot it starts melting, hence avoid adding sugar when the gram flour is hot because the ladoos won’t bind properly then.

Let the roasted besan cool down for at least 15-20 minutes before adding sugar.

Cooking Instructions

1. Start by sieving a cup of gram flour (125 grams).

Gram flour on a sieve and a black saucepan beaneath on a cutting board

2. Then gather all the ingredients in one place, as you won’t be able to move much to fetch the ingredients while roasting the besan.

Besan, pistachios, ghee,cardamom powder and saffron kept on a black table

3. Add 1/4 cup ghee to a pan, once the ghee has melted add the sieved besan to the pan.

Besan and ghee in a pan

4. Mix the ghee and besan properly. At first, it will start to make lumps like this.

bean being roasted in a pan

5. Keep stirring on low heat to remove the lumps, at the 5th minute it should look somewhat like this.

roasted besan in a pan

6. After 20-25 minutes of roasting, the besan will loosen up and change into a golden-ish color with a shiny coat of ghee on top and gives out a fantastic aromatic smell in the kitchen.

Then turn off the heat, add the cardamom powder, mix it well and let the mixture cool for at least 15 minutes.

besan dough with a wodden spatula kept in a pan

7. After the besan cooled down, add the powdered sugar and pistachios. the dough should not feel very hot to touch.

besan dough with powdered sugar in a pan

8. Mix everything well and combine into a dough.

besan dough

9. Now take a small portion from the dough and shape the dough into a round ball using your palm. Make small round ladoos with the entire dough.

I formed around 7 ladoos of the entire dough. let the ladoo sit for a while as it helps to bind them together.

Garnish with saffron, nuts, and store in an air-tight container.

besan ladoo with cashews, saffron and pistachios garnish kept on a cream color plate

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Besan ladoo with cashew and pistachio garnishing kept on a cream plate

Besan ladoo

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Besan ladoo is a popular Indian dessert made during festivities and special occasions. It is made with three simple ingredients- besan (gram flour), ghee, and sugar.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2
Calories 109 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup besan (gram flour) sieved (125 grams)
  • ¼ cup ghee clarified butter (60 ml)
  • ¼ cup sugar powdered (32 grams)
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped nuts

Instructions
 

  • Start by sieving a cup of gram flour (125 grams).
  • Next, add 1/4 cup ghee to a pan, once the ghee has melted add the sieved besan to the pan.
  • Mix the ghee and besan properly, at first it will start to clump, Keep stirring on low heat to remove the lumps.
  • After 20-25 minutes of roasting, the besan will loosen up and change into a golden-ish color with a shiny coat of ghee on top, and gives out an amazing aromatic smell in the kitchen.
  • Then, turn off the heat, add the cardamom powder, mix it well and let the mixture cool for at least 15 minutes.
  • After the besan has cooled down, add in the sugar and pistachios. the dough should not feel hot to touch.
  • Mix everything well and combine into a dough.
  • Now take a small portion from the dough and shape the dough into a round ball using your palm. Make small round ladoos with the remaining dough.
    I formed around 7 ladoos of the entire dough. let the ladoo sit for a while as it helps to bind them together.
  • Garnish with saffron, nuts, and store in an air-tight container.
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