How are you all doing ? Apologies from my end as I could not post anything last week as I got preoccupied with lots of office weekend work and scheduled releases. Did not really get much time to cook and record.Yet, I am back again on blog posting a recipe which was my ultimate favorite during my childhood days. Yes, you got it right…Its Besan Ke Laddoo..
I remember bugging my Mother and Maasi ( Mommy and Mommy’s sister) to make this laddu every month and I used to thoroughly enjoy each and every bite of it. I tried replicating this dessert for the very first time in my life and let me be very honest that the laddoos made by them wins hands down, not because the recipe had some special ingredient or elements but because of immense love and affection they pour it in the laddoos to make it extraordinary which makes them irreplaceable.
Laddu or laddoo is a sphere-shaped sweet originating from the Indian subcontinent; the name originated from the Sanskrit word Lattika. Laddus are primarily made from flour, fat (ghee/butter/oil) and sugar. Besan ke laddu are very popular in the northern, western and eastern parts of India. The major ingredient for this recipe is Gram flour, Ghee and Sugar.
Gram Flour/Besan has number of health benefits which includes – weight loss/sugar level control/skin tightening etc.. On the other hand, Ghee is also extremely beneficial for the body and is a very good source of energy and good fat. You should make it a habit of including ghee in your diet, But, please do remember that excess of anything is not good 🙂 So eat right and stay fit.
So, without much ado, lets start the recipe !!
Preparation Time : 10 minutes, Cooking Time : 45- 50 minutes, Calories : 165 calories.
- Ghee – 1 cup.
- Besan – 1 and half cup
- Powdered Sugar – 1/2 cup. You can change this quantity based on the level of your desired sweetness.
- Dry Fruits – Finely Chopped for garnish.
- Cardamom Powder – 1 tablespoon
- Finely chop some dry fruits ( Cashew,Almonds,Raisins,Pistachios) and keep them aside.
- In a cooking pan, add 2 tablespoons of ghee and all of the besan. Start cooking and stirring them on a low-medium flame.
- Please remember that Besan/Gram Flour should be properly cooked on a low flame to give it a roasted nutty flavor. If the besan isnt cooked properly, it might taste raw and bitter. So, lots of patience is needed to cook the same.
- After, 15 minutes, you will see that besan has changed its color to golden brown. At this stage and add 2 more tablespoons of ghee and stir it along.
- Add the cardamom powder to this mixture now.
- The besan would start thickening and would start getting firm as it is cooked. Keep stirring the mixture so that it doesnt stick to the bottom of the pan.
- After 10-15 minutes, you will see that the besan has cooked even more. At this stage add 2 more tablespoons of ghee and stir it along.
- The mixture would become even thicker and of a smoother consistency and after some time, you will observe that the ghee starts getting released from the sides.
- Now, turn of the flame and allow the mixture to cool down a bit. It will turn into a holding consistency.
- After the mixture is cooled down , add the powdered sugar to it as per your taste. Mix it very well.
- Now, throw half of the chopped dry fruits to it.
- Now, start making small balls from the mixture. The ball size completely depends upon your choice. I made it a little smaller.
- It will be very tender when hot. You can make the laddoos and cool it down for sometime to bring out more flavor to it. Garnish it with dry fruits and enjoy!!
Please do remember that patience plays a key role while making these laddoos. So, plan your work accordingly. Please do try this recipe at home and let me know how it turns out to be.
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