Besan ke Laddu | Besan Ladoo

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Besan ke Laddu or Besan Ladoo is a popular Indian sweet made from gram flour, powdered sugar and clarified butter (ghee). Make this decadent sweet with this easy fail-proof recipe.

besan ke laddu placed in a brass container with a dark pink doily at the side and a glass diya on the top

Besan Ladoo are round sweet balls made by roasting gram flour and ghee together, and then adding sugar to make a thick pasty dough that is then formed into delicious, melt-in-your-mouth balls.

Besan is gram flour which is nothing but flour made from split & husked black chickpeas or chana dal. Gram flour is different from chickpea flour that is made with dried white chickpeas. Both have a different texture and flavor.

There are many ladoo varieties, but besan ladoo is one of the most popular, especially during festive occasions.

About this Besan Ladoo Recipe

This besan ladoo recipe is made with an easy method. Generally, the most important part of making a tasty laddu is the roasting method. 

The ingredients need to be roasted enough so that they are cooked thoroughly which also releases their aromatic flavors. Proper roasting also helps in getting the correct dough consistency so that the balls will form and stay together. 

Once you have that down, the rest of this recipe is easy! The roasting method I outline in this post, along with the tips below, will have you making tasty ladoo in no time.

My trick is to dry roast the besan or gram flour first and then add the ghee after some time, opposed to adding the ghee right away.

You then continue to roast it further until it starts giving a nutty fragrance before adding the sugar. Be sure to continue stirring constantly so that no lumps form. 

I learned the roasting method I use in this recipe from my mother-in-law, who has been making tasty besan ke laddu for years. 

Although it is easy, patience is required so that you don’t roast the ingredients too quickly. Patience and a strong stirring arm!

This foolproof method will give you a laddu with the perfect sweet taste and melt-in-your-mouth texture every time. 

besan laddu kept in a round circle on a round brass plate on a dark pink doily
Tips

Tips for Making Besan Ke Laddu

  1. Roasting: It is very important to roast the besan (gram flour) very well until it starts releasing ghee and also starts giving a nutty fragrance. Roast the gram flour on low or medium-low heat and keep on stirring continuously. Depending on the pan thickness, size and intensity of flame, the timing of roasting will vary.
  2. Sugar: The sugar that is traditionally added is what we call “boora” or “bura” in Hindi. Boora is ground unrefined sugar and made with sugar which is not processed or bleached, but nowadays you can also see boora made with refined sugar in the Indian markets.
  3. Powdered Sugar: You can even add powdered sugar or castor sugar. But with castor sugar or powdered white sugar the taste is different as some companies add corn starch in them. Most of the times I powder raw sugar in a mixer and add. For this recipe I have powdered ¾ cup sugar in a mixer that yields about 1 heaped cup of powdered sugar.
  4. Adding sugar: If you add the sugar before the besan is completely cooked then the laddu will have the taste of undercooked besan. Also, once you add the sugar then stir continuously so that no lumps are formed.
  5. Shaping: If you are unable to form the besan ke laddu once the mixture has cooled completely, then keep the mixture in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes. The ghee will solidify a bit and you will easily be able to form the ladoo. If the mixture looks to dry or floury while shaping laddu, then add 2 to 3 tablespoons of warm melted ghee. Mix well and let the mixture cool again before shaping. 
  6. Scaling: Double or triple this besan laddu recipe and store the extra in an airtight steel container for a quick and easy snack or dessert all week.

Alternative Method for Making Besan Laddu

If you are looking for a challenge, there is an alternative method to the foolproof one used in this recipe and it gives the laddu a slightly different texture.

This second method, the besan or gram flour is roasted in ghee right away until it starts giving a nutty fragrance.

With the ghee added first there is even more stirring required to ensure that the mixture doesn’t get lumpy and has the right final texture.

For this reason, it is a slightly trickier method and is not recommended for beginners.

Variations to this Besan Ladoo Recipe

Besan ke laddu is a great kid-friendly sweet as it has a great taste along with the health benefits of the gram flour.

To make besan ladoo even more healthy, you can add dry fruits and nuts like almonds, raisins, cashews, pecans, walnuts, pine nuts or pistachios.

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Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Besan Ladoo

1. Take a heavy kadai or wok or pan and keep on a low heat. Add 2 cups besan (200 grams) in the kadai.

besan (gram flour) added in a heavy kadai or wok

2. Begin to dry roast besan on low to medium-low heat.

begin to roasting besan

3. Stir often so that besan gets browned evenly and does not burn. When you begin to roast besan, you will see small lumps in the flour. These lumps disappear later. 

besan being roasted

4. Below you can see, the besan which has been roasting for 12 mins. You can see the color has changed as compared to what it was in the beginning.

besan is well roasted

5. Then add ½ cup ghee (125 grams).

added ghee (clarified butter) to the roasted besan

6. Mix very well.

ghee mixed very well with the besan

7. Continue to stir often and cook this mixture of besan and ghee.

stirring this ghee and besan mixture often while roasting

8. Keep on roasting for about a total of 12 to 15 minutes stirring non-stop. Depending on the thickness & size of pan, intensity of flame the timing of roasting will vary.

mixture color has changed and thickened

9. The mixture will thicken and the color will also change.

mixture still being roasted

10. Soon you will see that the mixture will start releasing ghee and will give a nice fragrant aroma. Some ghee will float on top and and you will see a molten lava kind of consistency where the ghee is floating. The mixture will also loose sides of the pan and become one. These are the signs that the besan is fully cooked. If you add the sugar before the besan is cooked fully then your ladoo will have the taste of uncooked besan, so pay attention to these signs. Once you see these signs, you can move on to the next step.

mixture is roasted well

11. Remove the kadai or pan from the stove and keep on your kitchen countertop. Add the powdered sugar or castor sugar or boora and stir well so that no lumps are formed. You will get the best taste in besan laddu with boora or powdered unrefined cane sugar which is easily available in Indian markets and many grocery stores. For this recipe I powdered ¾ cup sugar in a mixer.

powdered sugar added to the roasted besan and ghee mixture

12. After adding sugar mix really well. Begin to mix with all the strength from your hands. You have to mix this part vigorously so that the powdered sugar melts in the flour and ghee mixture. 

sugar being mixed

13. Mix very well. The entire sugar has to be mixed evenly with the roasted besan and ghee mixture.

sugar has been mixed very well

14. Add the 1 to 2 tablespoons raisins (chopped), 1 teaspoon cardamom powder and 10 to 12 cashews which have been chopped. You can use any nuts like almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, pine nuts. Just chop them before adding.

nuts and dry fruits added

15. Mix again very well and let the ladoo mixture become lukewarm or cool at room temperature.

Mixed again and letting the besan ladoo mixture cool at room temperature

16. Then shape into medium-sized ladoo with your palms. If you are not able to shape in balls then freeze the mixture for 5 minutes or refrigerate for 20 minutes. Depending on the quality and consistency of ghee as well as the room temperature you may be able to easily shape these or not. If the mixture looks too dry then add 2 to 3 tablespoon of hot melted ghee and mix again. Let the mixture cool again and then shape into laddu. 

besan ke laddu shaped in neat balls from the mixture

17. Store besan ladoo in an airtight steel container. Besan ke laddu keeps well for a month and more at room temperature. In a highly humid and hot temperature, refrigerate them. Before eating let the laddu come at room temperature, so that the ghee softens.

besan ke laddu placed in a steel container

18. Serve Besan ke Laddu. While serving you can garnish with some chopped nuts or cashews like I have done.

besan ke laddu placed in a brass container and a glass diya (glass lamp) on the top left side

This recipe post is from the archives (Oct 2013) and has been republished and updated on 17 August 2020.

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Besan ke Laddu | Besan Ladoo (Easy Recipe)

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Besan ke laddu is a popular ladoo made from gram flour, powdered sugar and clarified butter (ghee).
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Sweets
Diet: Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Servings 15 medium sized besan ladoo
Units

Ingredients

  • 2 cups besan (gram flour)
  • ½ cup ghee (clarified butter) – add more ghee, if required
  • 1 heaped cup powdered sugar or boora or castor sugar (you can also powder ¾ cup white sugar or raw sugar in a mixer-grinder, small blender or nutribullet)
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder or 5 to 6 green cardamoms, powdered in a mortar-pestle
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons golden raisins – chopped
  • 10 to 12 cashews – chopped

Instructions

roasting besan

  • Dry roast the besan in a heavy kadai or pan on low to medium-low heat for about 10 to 12 minutes.
    begin to roasting besan
  • Keep on stirring continuously right from the beginning. So that the besan is not burned and cooks evenly.
    besan is well roasted

adding ghee and roasting further

  • After 12 minutes of total roasting time, add the ghee.
    added ghee (clarified butter) to the roasted besan
  • Mix very well and continue roasting the besan for some more 12 to 15 minutes stirring non-stop.
    stirring this ghee and besan mixture often while roasting
  • You will see that the mixture will start releasing ghee and will give a nice fragrant nutty aroma. Some ghee will float on top and and you will see a molten lava kind of consistency where the ghee is floating. The mixture will also loose sides of the pan and become one. These are the signs that the besan is fully cooked. Once you see these signs, you can move on to the next step.
    mixture is roasted well
  • Remove the pan from the stove-top and place it on your kitchen countertop. Add powdered sugar.
    powdered sugar added to the roasted besan and ghee mixture

adding powdered sugar

  • Begin to mix with all the strength from your hands. You have to mix this part vigorously so that the powdered sugar melts in the roasted besan and ghee mixture and no lumps are formed.
    sugar has been mixed very well
  • Add the powdered cardamom, raisins and cashews. Mix again.
    nuts and dry fruits added
  • Once you have mixed the ladoo mixture well then let it become lukewarm or cool at room temperature.
    Mixed again and letting the besan ladoo mixture cool at room temperature

making besan ke laddu

  • When cooled, make small or medium-sized besan ladoo and store them in an airtight steel container. If you are not able to shape in balls then freeze the mixture for 5 minutes or refrigerate for 20 minutes. Depending on the quality and consistency of ghee as well as the room temperature you may be able to easily shape these or not.
    besan ke laddu placed in a steel container
  • Serve besan ke laddu garnished with some nuts.
    besan ke laddu, besan ladoo

Notes

  • Roasting: The besan has to be roasted very well so that it starts releasing ghee and gives a nutty fragrance. Roast the gram flour on low to medium-low heat and keep on stirring non-stop. Depending on the pan thickness, size and intensity of flame, the time of roasting will differ.
  • Sugar: The sugar that is traditionally added is called as”boora” or “bura” in Hindi. Boora is basically ground unrefined sugar. It is made with sugar which is not processed or bleached, but nowadays you do get boora made with refined sugar in the Indian markets. You can even add powdered sugar or castor sugar. Most of the times I powder raw sugar in a mixer and add. With castor sugar or powdered white sugar the taste is different as some companies add corn starch in them.
  • Adding sugar: 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 finished ladoo and you won’t get the perfect sweet taste. Also, once you add the sugar then stir continuously so that no lumps are formed.
  • Shaping: If you are unable to form the besan ladoo once the mixture has cooled completely, then keep the mixture in the fridge for 20 minutes. The ghee will solidify a bit and you will easily be able to form the ladoo. If the mixture looks to dry or hard, then add 2 to 3 tablespoon of hot melted ghee and mix again. Let the mixture cool again and then shape into laddu. 
  • Scaling: You can easily double or triple this recipe and store the extra laddu in an airtight steel container for a quick and easy snack or dessert all week.
  • Nuts & Dry fruits: You can add nuts like almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts and pecans. You can even add a pinch of saffron strands. 
  • Note that the approximate nutrition values is for 1 besan ladoo

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 4mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin B1 (Thiamine): 1mgVitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 1mgVitamin B6: 1mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin K: 1µgCalcium: 1mgIron: 2mgMagnesium: 4mgPhosphorus: 7mgZinc: 1mg

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  1. Hi Dassana,
    vegrecipesofindia has been my go to site for years ! I tried making besan laddoos yesterday and they turned out awesome ! Thank you ! Sushma

    1. Hi Sushma, thank a lot. Also thanks for the feedback on the recipe and good to know. Most welcome and happy cooking.

  2. Thank you for the recipe… The ladoo turned to be Super tasty.. god bless you🙏🙏5 stars

    1. Thank you Isha for the feedback and rating on the recipe. Thanks for your kind wishes too.

  3. First time I tried it did not turn out well the next time I tried it turned out really well everyone really liked it.Thank you for this recipe .4 stars

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