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Besan Ladoo

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Besan ladoos are rich, sweet dessert-snack made from gently roasted gram flour (besan). Ladoos can be served any time of the day. Traditionally in Indian households ladoos and burfis are served as cookies or sweet treat.
  Gram flour 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Semolina 2 Tablespoon
  Unsalted butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Melted)
  Sugar 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Almonds 4 Tablespoon (Sliced)
  Cardamom seeds 1⁄4 Teaspoon (Coarsely Grounded)
  Unsalted butter/Ghee 1 Tablespoon
  Pistachios 1 Tablespoon (Sliced)

1.Put the basen (gram flour), sooji, and melted butter in a large frying pan and mix.
2. Turn the stove on to medium heat and begin to roast the basen mixture until basen becomes light golden brown in color. Stir the mixture continuously with a spatula to prevent burning. Cooking on high heat will not allow the mixture to fully cook.
3. When the color has changed you will also start to smell the sweetness of roasted basen. This should take about 7 to 10 minutes.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and let the basen cool to a warm temperature. don’t let it become to room temperature.
5. While the mixture is warm add and mix cardamom seeds, almonds, and sugar.
6. To make the ladoos, take about 2 tablespoons of warm basen mixture into your palm. Gently press the mixture between your palms to form a smooth, round ball. The ladoos are usually about the size of a ping-pong ball, but you can adjust the as you prefer.
7. When you have finished making all of the ladoos, take one ladoo at a time and dip the ladoo a quarter inch into melted butter or ghee. Then lightly touch the part of the ladoo with the butter into the sliced pistachios just enough so some pistachios stick to the ladoo.
8. Put ladoos back on the plate with the pistachio side facing the top.
9. Leave the ladoos on a plate to cool to room temperature before putting into a covered container. The ladoos can be stored in an airtight container for 2 to 3 weeks.

10. Serve them at room temperature as chilling them will change the texture and flavor.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
North Indian
Pan Roasting
Vegetarian, Low Cholesterol
Chickpea Flour
Indian Sweet Gram Flour Balls
Want to try out a delicious Indian dessert? Try making besan ladoo with chef Manjula. She makes this dessert with chickpea flour, sugar and fat. Her instructions for the recipe are simple and easy to understand.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 325 Calories from Fat 162

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 19 g28.8%

Saturated Fat 8.7 g43.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 34.3 mg11.4%

Sodium 13.6 mg0.6%

Total Carbohydrates 34 g11.4%

Dietary Fiber 3.3 g13.1%

Sugars 21.2 g

Protein 7 g13.4%

Vitamin A 8.3% Vitamin C 0.21%

Calcium 3.5% Iron 7.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


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Besan Ladoo Recipe Video, Indian Sweet Gram Flour Balls