besan ladoo recipe with step by step photos. besan laddu is a popular ladoo made from gram flour, powdered sugar and clarified butter (ghee).
it is one of the popular ladoo variety often made during festive occasions. besan ladoo is easy and healthy sweet which is made all over india.
i know, 2 ways of making besan ladoo
- in the first method, the besan or gram flour is roasted in ghee till it starts giving a nutty fragrance. this method has a slightly different texture. it is easy but with the ghee added first there is too much handwork required while stirring the ladoo mixture. its a slightly tricky recipe and may not be suitable for beginners.
- another very common method used in north india is to dry roast the besan or gram flour first and then add the ghee after some time and roast it further till it start giving nutty fragrance. this method i have learned from my mil who is making besan ladoo since ages. as per my experience, this is a more foolproof method and the taste and texture of the ladoo also comes better than the first method. i have shown this method in this post.
overall, besan ladoo is easy to make and they are very nutritious and healthy. since they are also loved by most kids. so you can make them in bulk and store in air tight container. apart from them you can use besan to make other popular diwali sweets like mysore pak, 7 cup burfi, besan halwa and motichoor ladoo etc.
few tips for making besan ladoo
- while making besan ladoo, its important to roast the besan (gram flour) well, till it starts releasing the ghee and also will starts giving nutty fragrance. if you add sugar into the gram flour before it is roasted well, then the uncooked gram flour will have a raw taste in the ladoo and you won’t get the perfect sweet taste in the ladoos.
- also roast the gram flour on low flame and keep on stirring continuously.
- once you add the sugar then stir continuously so that no lumps are formed.
- to make besan laddu more healthy, you can add dry fruits like almonds, raisins, cashews or pistachois. they are also good during the winters.
- if you are unable to form besan ladoo even when the mixture has cooled completely, then keep the mixture in the fridge for 20-30 mins. the ghee will solidify a bit and you will be easily able to form the ladoos.
how to make besan ladoo
1. dry roast the besan or chickpea flour in a kadai or a pan in a low flame. stirring often so that besan gets browned evenly and does not burn.
2. the besan still being roasted and after 11-12 mins, the color has changed. when you are roasting the besan, melt the ghee and keep aside.
3. then add the melted ghee and stir well.
4. mix well and continue to stir for about 5-6 minutes. it will start releasing ghee and will give a nice fragrant aroma. if you add the sugar before the besan is cooked fully then your besan ladoo will have the taste of uncooked besan and won’t be tasty. so wait for these two signs (nutty fragrance and besan will release ghee) before adding sugar in the next step.
5. remove the kadai or pan from the stove and keep down. add the powdered sugar or boora and stir well so that no lumps are formed. you will get the best taste in besan ladoo with boora which is easily available in indian markets.
6. add the raisins and stir well.
7. let the besan mixture become warm or cool down and then shape into medium-sized ladoo.
8. store besan ladoo in an airtight container and serve when required.
- 2 cups besan (gram flour)
- ½ to ⅔ cup ghee (clarified butter) - add more ghee, if required
- 1 cup powdered sugar or boora
- 4 green cardamoms - powdered in a mortar-pestle
- 1 or 2 tablespoon golden raisins
- dry roast the besan in a kadai or pan on slow flame for about 11-12 mins.
- keep on stirring continuously right from the beginning. so that the besan is not burned and so that there is even browning.
- while roasting the besan, melt the ghee and keep aside.
making besan ladoo
- after 11-12 minutes of total roasting time, add the melted ghee and continue roasting the besan for some more 5-6 minutes stirring continuously.
- the besan would start to give a nice nutty fragrance and will start releasing ghee.
- once you get a strong nutty fragrance then switch off the fire.
- remove the pan from the stove and keep down.
- add powdered sugar or boora. for best taste use the boora.
- stir well so that no lumps are formed.
- add the powdered cardamom and raisins. you can also add chopped dry fruits at this stage. stir well.
- once you have mixed the ladoo mixture well then let it cool down to room temperature.
- make small or medium-sized besan ladoo and store them in an airtight container.