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besan laddu recipe - a popular ladoo made from gram flour, powdered sugar and ghee.
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besan ladoo recipe with step by step photos – one of the popular ladoos often made during festive occasions. besan ladoo is easy and healthy sweet which is made all over india.

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i have shared 26 ladoo recipes on the blog. this besan ladoo is one of the most popular ladoo recipe on blog along with coconut ladoo, boondi ladoo and rava ladoo.

i know, 2 ways of making besan ladoo

  1. in the first method, the besan or gram flour is roasted in ghee till it start giving a nutty fragrance. this method has a slight different texture. it is easy but with the ghee added first there is too much hand work required while stirring the ladoo mixture. its a slightly tricky recipe and may not be suitable for beginners.
  2. 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 more fool proof method and the taste and texture of the besan ladoos also comes better than the first method. i have shown this method in this post.

overall, besan ladoos are 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

  1. while making besan ladoos, 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.
  2. also roast the gram flour on low flame and keep on stirring continuously.
  3. once you add the sugar then stir continuously so that no lumps are formed.
  4. to make besan laddu more healthy, you can add dry fruits like almonds, raisins, cashews or pistachois. they are also good during the winters.
  5. if you are unable to form besan ladoos 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 besan ladoos.

besan ladoo recipe

apart from this besan ladoo, there are many sweets which are made during diwali festival. few such diwali sweets recipes on blog are:

besan ladoo recipe

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:18 minutes
Total Time:23 minutes
Course:sweets
Cuisine:north indian
Calories:142kcal
Servings (change the number to scale):15 medium sized besan ladoo
4.85 from 83 votes
besan ladoo recipe
besan laddu recipe - a popular ladoo made from gram flour, powdered sugar and ghee.

INGREDIENTS FOR besan ladoo recipe

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 2 cups besan (gram flour)
  • ½ to ⅔ cup ghee - add more ghee, if required
  • 1 cup powdered sugar or boora
  • 4 green cardamoms - powdered in a mortar-pestle (choti elaichi or hari elaichi)
  • 1 or 2 tablespoon golden raisins (kishmish)

HOW TO MAKE besan ladoo recipe

roasting besan

  • 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 besan ladoo mixture well then let it cool down to room temperature.
  • make small or medium sized besan ladoos and store them in air tight container.
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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.

besan for besan ladoo recipe

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.

besan for besan ladoo recipe

3. then add the melted ghee and stir well.

ghee for besan ladoo recipe

4. mix well and 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 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 next step.

making besan ladoo recipe

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.

sugar for besan ladoo recipe

6. add the raisins and stir well.

raisins for besan ladoo recipe

7. let the besan mixture become warm or cool down and then shape into medium sized besan ladoos.

besan mixture for besan ladoo recipe

8. store besan ladoo in air tight container and serve when required.

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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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  1. Hello Dassana!

    as I said in my last comment, I have made the ladoos following your recipe.

    First I made some ghee, then I made boora by following some videos; mine turned out too clumpy, and it took me ages to break apart, until I realized I could use a blender…
    I roasted kishmish and cashews in ghee to give them some more taste, and I used a lot more than you suggested, as they seemed too little for the amount of flour.

    Anyways, I set off roasting the besan flour, and added the ghee after a while as you suggested.
    Now the problems started arising; I made exactly 3/4 cups of ghee, but even though I added all of it, the flour just absorbed it all right away and was incredibly crumbly.
    Yours looked like a paste, but no matter how much I mixed, it would still be crumbly. I should have made more ghee!

    I added the sugar and had a hard time melting it in the dough, but finally managed it, trying to mix and squish the crumbs.
    After adding cashews, raisins, and cardamon, and mixing them in, came the hardest part.
    The dough looked like it dried up even more and there was no way it could hold its shape, so my mom suggested to add some water and work it as a standard dough.

    I was pretty discouraged after nothing I made looked like your pictures, and I was unsure about adding water, but I didn’t have many other possibilities.
    So I went on and managed to form balls, adding more water when required.

    From start to finish, it took me about 4 and a half hours… I’m that slow.
    After they cooled down I tried them out, and well… I didn’t like them. Nor did my parents. I felt pretty bummed at this point, after all that work and following directions, the result wasn’t even satisfying.

    Two days later, I brought one to work to let my indian colleague taste it, and tell her about how I failed completely; yet, to my surprise, she actually liked it and ate all of it!
    Apparently everything was OK and adding water after cooking didn’t affect the taste or the consistency.
    The next day I ate two of them in a row, and then I stopped liking them once again. I guess I’m just not used to the taste.

    I had some relief, I managed to make some besan ladoos after all, I simply don’t like them and gave them all to my colleague 🙂

    I hope you don’t mind these long comments!

    Thanks for the recipes,

    D

    • hi D, you can write long comments. no issues there. i feel here it is more of the tastes we have grown up with and accustomed too. the sugar was the culprit. i also grind sugar in a blender or grinder and never have any issues. the sugar powder has a fine texture and not at all clumpy. good to read that your colleague approved of the taste and texture and liked them. this means that the besan ladoo has turned good. some water and milk can always be added if the ladoo do not bind well. welcome.

      • Hello Dassana,

        I was updated on the ladoos, and even her family liked them and wished there were more! That’s very surprising because, as she tells me, she’s the only one to eat indian sweets when travelling back to India whereas her family doesn’t want them.
        Maybe it was the surprise of finding ladoos far away from home!

        Is there any way to embed a picture in the comments? Maybe Amit could help here 🙂

        Do you have any simple recipe to suggest that I can do with the leftover chickpea flour?

        Thanks,

        D

      • hi D, thanks for replying back. there is way pictures can be embedded in the comments, but we don’t implement as then the page becomes heavy to load with many images from the readers. as it is adding step by step images also makes the pages heavy.

        there are many recipes that can be made with chickpea flour. the most easiest is to make chilla (similar to a pancake). these are savoury pancakes made with onions, tomatoes, spices and herbs. you can omit any spice or herb if you do not have them. chilla recipe is here – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/besan-cheela-recipe-besan-chilla/

        i also make pakora with bread of vegetables like potato, onions, cauliflower etc. they are easy to make. pakora are fritters made with chickpea flour or gram flour. all pakora recipes here – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/pakora-recipes-pakoda-recipes/

        i am also sharing a collection of recipes that can be made with chickpea flour on this link – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/besan-recipes/

        hope this helps. happy cooking.

      • Hello Dassana,

        wow, so many dishes I couldn’t even imagine!
        I’m discovering a world, here.

        I see, the page already contains many images, and procedural loading helps a lot.

        I will try out the chilla, it looks inviting and easy to make; I only have to buy cumin, fresh ginger, and coriander.

        I will report the results, thanks!

        p.s.: if I posted a link to an image hosted elsewhere, would it be picked up by the automatic comment filter, or can I do that? I could use Imgur to host pictures and just add a link in the comment

        D

      • hi D, thank you. yes, making the chilla will be the easiest. i hope you like the taste. it is savory and spiced. sure do let me know.

        if a link is posted, the comment filter directs it to spam. it is the software that we use. many times even simple comments from readers without any links go in the spam folder. i am not sure what the program detects as spammy. i will check your comment from the spam folder and remove it. so you can add an imgur link in the comment. but later when replying, i will have to remove the link so as to tell that the program that is not a spam.

  2. I have never seen a ladoo before, so, I was wondering, how wide is a medium-sized ladoo? Two centimeters across… about? The one in the photo looks huge, perhaps four centimeters across, but I think it more likely that you have delicate hands. I want to make this and want to do it right.

  3. Thanks Dassana… I tried making these laddos today and they were so amazing ! I’ve tried so many of your recipes.. and they always turn out so nice.
    Thanks a ton !!

  4. I have tried this recipe earlier. Buy it never turned out so perfect. I used organic jaggery. It is perfect and yummy. When I added ghee, its consistency was bit loose, once I added jaggery, it was perfect. Thanks a lot.

  5. I’ve recently started cooking and being a vegetarian, your blog has become my go to option for anything and everything. Every single one of your recipe is awesome and really easy to prepare. Thanks a lot

  6. Your recipes are so fine n yummy easy to cook with step by step process…my family loves it. I was not knowing the cooking but to cook with your step by step .learned to cook n my cooked food is loved by everyone.
    Thanx to you..

    • that is great megha. thanks for sharing. anyone can learn to cook, if guided well. i am happy that recipes and the step by step instructions are helpful. thanks again. wish you all the best.

  7. Hi ,
    I tried the recipe exactly as guided by you.. i found it very easy to make as you have given all the steps in detailed.
    Color, texture and binding all the phase become easier by watching steps…the only problem which i found is in content of ghee which on higher side in my laddo which make it little heavy…
    Thanks

    • thanks neha for the detailed feedback and rating on the besan ladoo recipe. i am glad that the pictures and the steps were helpful. ghee has different viscosity and texture depending on the type of milk and also on how it is made. so next time you can add a little less ghee and still the besan ladoo will taste good.

  8. Hi,
    I made this using the 2nd method. I found the 2nd method a lot easier. So thank you.
    Though mine came out really good, I was surprised to see that it was not yellow like yours. I also added ground coconut and almond flour to mine for added texture, and omitted the raisins, since I don’t like raisins. I’m guessing that’s why mine did not release the Ghee as your recipe suggested. Also, I used the basan, mine still has that slight chickpea taste to it. As I already had ground cardamom, I use that rather than grinding my own. Have you any suggestions for me, for the next time I try it? Also, do you have a Modak recipe I can try? I don’t have the Modak mould.

    • indira, you can roast the besan for some more minutes to get a more deep yellow color and also for the slight besan taste to go away. i guess the color was not yellow as both coconut and almond flour were added and this is also the reason that ghee was not visible. you can add some more ghee and sugar when adding additional ingredients to keep a balance in the ratio of ghee, sugar and besan. cardamom can be ground beforehand and then added. hope these tips help.

      i have shared some modak variations. you can use the search icon and get the particular recipe. for the modak made with rice flour cover, you can just shape them into balls with the sweet stuffing aside. for modak made with khoya, you can shape them like peda or barfi. kindly check the following collection of modak recipes – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/modak-recipes/

  9. Hi Dassana,
    Thank you so much for your clearly written recipes with pictures. I made this ladoo recipe but could not form the ladoos as the mixture was too grainy and would not stick together in a round form. Could it be due to the texture of the besan? I used lado besan which was courser grind than the powdered besan.

  10. Hi
    Thanx for all your recipes. You actually tend to make cooking look simpler for people like me who are not agreat cooks :P.
    Thanx a ton. This simple recipe helped me a lot
    Best wishes

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