Besan Laddoo (Sweet Chickpea Flour Bites)
Melt-in-mouth bites of energy and protein that are perfect for dessert or a snack
Laddoo (or Laddu) is a ball-shaped sweet that is popular across India. The word laddoo is derived from the Sanskrit word laḍḍuka. There are several varieties of laddoos based on the ingredients, for example, boondi laddoo, coconut laddoo, and milk laddoo. However, besan laddoo is the most popular due to its simple recipe and long shelf life. Besan is made of skinned chickpea and is also known as gram flour. It is available online or in Indian grocery stores. There are several varieties of besan available, ranging from coarse to fine. Any variety works for laddoo but I prefer the texture of the coarse flour.
- 4 cups Besan
- 1 cup Ghee or unsalted butter
- 2 cups Sugar
- 4 tablespoons (optional) Raisins
- 2 tablespoon (optional) Cashew, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon (optional) Chironji nuts
Add ghee and besan to a large, flat pan and mix well, without heat.
A heavier pan (or one with a thick bottom) will help distribute the heat better and is highly recommended.
Once mixed, the mixture will be consistent and golden yellow.
Roast the besan and ghee mixture on low to medium heat, stirring constantly for 15 minutes.
Turn the heat off.
(nuts are optional - laddoos taste great even without nuts)
Chop cashews or any other nut of your choice.
Add the chopped nuts and chironji to the mixture and mix until evenly distributed.
Let the mixture cool for 15 minutes.
(raisins are optional - laddoos taste great even without raisins)
Once the mixture is cool, add raisins and sugar.
Mix well until the entire mixture is consistent and all ingredients are well-distributed.
Once the mixture is cool enough to handle, make balls by hand.
You can use a small ice cream scoop or spoon to help gather the mixture before rounding it by hand.
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