Be it festival time or cold winter these besan laddoos are relished by everyone at home. This is the most popular traditional Indian sweet.
At my home my son calls it the Chota Bheem Laddoo. He enjoys them a lot. This laddoo has chick pea flour which is very rich in proteins and gives a lot of energy. And with goodness of ghee and almonds this laddoo becomes a nice healthy option for chilly winters. They are too good for growing children.
The perfectness of laddoo depends on how well the chick pea (besan) flour is roasted. It will start giving a nice aroma and the colour will also change to golden yellow. This is when the chick pea flour mixture is ready for making laddoos. If the besan is undercooked it will give a raw taste in the laddoo. I still remember how my mother use to ask us if we can smell the aroma of the besan being roasted . If we tell yes then that used to be the stage when her besan mixture was roasted well and was ready for making laddoos. The whole street knows when the besan is been roasted in the house. It has that nice appetizing aroma.
Even the proportion of the ghee is very important. If it is less, then the laddoos will become dry; and if more, then they will be soft and difficult to shape. Once the laddoo mixture is ready then take them in your palm and roll it till you get a nice smooth surface.
I like to put a little water after the chick pea flour is nicely roasted as it will give the laddoos the coarse texture and it will not stick in the mouth will eating them.
The laddoos can be made with other dry fruits also. Sometimes I like to make them with by using crushed mixture of all the different dry fruits like cashewnuts, pistachio, walnuts,etc. This is as per personal choice.
In short besan laddoos should be done with a lot of patience. It is well said the “dhiraj ka phal mitha hota hain”.
Do try this simple, healthy and rich recipe this fesive season at your home and trust me every one will love it.
Besan Laddoo (Chick Pea Flour Balls)
- 4 cup chickpea flour (besan or gram flour).
- 32 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) it is 2 cups of ghee.
- 1.5 cups sugar powder (If you want it to be more sweet increase the amount of sugar. )
- 2 tsp cardamom powder
- 0.5 cup almond powder(if you want it to be crunchy then just chop the almonds into small pieces and add. The amount of almond can be adjusted as per taste)
- 12 almonds (cut into half for decoration)
- 1 tbsp water
- Heat ghee in a broad thick pan. Add the gram flour to it once the ghee is nicely heated up.
- Roast for about 20 mins on low flame till nice aroma comes.
- The gram flour ghee mixture will be light to stir when it will be done.
- Now at this stage just add water. Be careful the mixture will rise up. This process will make the besan a little coarse in texture. At this stage add the crushed almonds and cardamon powder and mix well for a minute so that the almonds will get roasted too.
- Transfer the mixture in a plate and let it cool.
- Once the mixture is cooled add the powdered sugar and mix well.
- Take a lemon size ball in your palm and shape them nicely into balls.
- Garnish it with the cut almonds and serve.
- Store in the airtight container and it can last for two months.