Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Besan Ladoo


Busy as a bee I am now and while I sort of those thing, today is a special guest post from one of my best and close blogger friend. It's no other - Balvinder who blogs at Simple Gluten Free Kitchen. I have known her from my initial days of blogging and we clicked just like that. We have  not met , hopefully we will in the near future and for the time being, the visual world keeps both of going. Tre. Thanks so much Bal for obliging, sincerely appreciated from the bottom of my heart. 

Hi everyone! I am so pleased to be guest blogging at Nava’s blog today, while she is traveling. I have known Nava from last two years and impressed the way she blogs, around 4-5 posts a week and that too after working full time in a college. She definitely needed some time off from blogging and I was happy to help. When she contacted me it was Diwali and sweets were on my mind. Then it was Guru Nanak Jayanti on Nov 17th and we celebrate this day exactly like Diwali, hence I thought to pamper your taste buds with a festival sweet.

My name is Balvinder and I blog over at simpleglutenfreekitchen. Some of you know me and some don’t. My blog is about “my experiments” with healthy gluten free recipes. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I succeed and that’s where all the fun and challenge of cooking and baking with different flours come back. I do most cooking from scratch, make my own gluten free flour blend and even grind my own flour. I know it may sound time consuming and unnecessary but it is really quite simple, rewarding and economical. In today’s post, I have used freshly ground daal to make ladoos, and that really makes a big difference in taste and flavor.

Ladoo is a sweet delicacy named for its round ball shape, prepared from a variety of grains and lentil flour. Among all varieties, besan ladoo is on top of my list. They are so delicious that I could gobble 2-3 ladoos in one go without worrying about the dreaded calories. Usually the ratio of ghee to besan is 1:2 but over the years I learned to make it with less sugar and ghee and have always gotten perfect result. Even my hard-core sweet loving Punjabi friends make it the way I do with same proportions. You need coarser besan, ghee and sugar for these ladoos; the purer the ghee the better the taste. When I don’t have homemade ghee I use 1/2 butter and 1/2 canola oil.
There’s nothing complicated to make these ladoos, however roasting besan need some patience.  It is done on medium to low heat, by stirring constantly to prevent besan from burning. In the beginning it may feel hard to move the spatula through the besan and ghee. But as it gets roasted the spatula moves easily and a sweet nutty aroma of besan fills your kitchen which makes your mouth water. Then, it is taken off from heat and combined with sugar and cardamom powder. Thereafter the mixture is moulded into small ping pong balls.

Besan Ladoo
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 30 ladoos

Besan ladoo is one of those addictive traditional Indian sweet that you never get tired of eating!

Ingredients
  • 540 g (3 cup) Bengal gram daal (split chickpeas)
  • 200 g (1 cup) fine granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil +1/2 cup butter (or desi ghee)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
Instructions
  1. Grind daal to a fine sand like texture.
  2. Heat oil and butter (or desi ghee) in a heavy bottom large skillet on medium low heat.
  3. Add ground daal and roast, stirring continuously for about 15 minutes (depends how low the heat is).
  4. Besan is roasted when the spatula moves easily through it (becomes runny if you use more ghee than what my recipe suggests), turns golden brown and gives out sweet aroma.
  5. Take off from heat. Add cardamom powder, coarsely chopped almonds and sugar, mix well.
  6. Taste the mixture. If you want you can add more sugar.
  7. Let the mixture cool enough to handle.
  8. Take 2 tbsp of the mixture in your palm, compress and then roll between your palms to make them round. 
  9. Keep it on plate or tray lined with parchment paper. After 15 minutes roll each ball again to make smooth round spheres.
  10. Store in mini baking liners in a single layer. They keep well for weeks without refrigeration.
Notes
It is a fail proof recipe, you won't need to make any adjustments but in any case if you feel the mixture is too dry to mould, add a tbsp of ghee or butter or oil.
If accidentally you add more oil or ghee and feel the mixture is too thin to mould. Take some besan in a pan and dry roast on low flame and add to the ladoo mix as required.
If you wish to use besan and are not gluten intolerant you can add 40-50 g semolina for grainy texture. 
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44 comments:

  1. Thank you Nava for introducing us to Bal. The Aldo's look delicious and very tempting. Thank you both for a lovely post and recipe :)

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  2. Wow. ..looks yummy..Thanks for sharing bal

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  3. ladoos look so cute n tempting, want to grab one box :)

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  4. My family makes these on various festivals.. Baal did such a good work, bookmarking this page to show this to mum when she decides to make laddoo's again
    Have a wonderful day
    Keep in touch,
    www.beingbeautifulandpretty.com

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  5. Cute little besan ladoo, love them Nava, you have made it so nicely... Love your clicks...

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  6. Ladoo looks so delicious , and as my fav I will definitely try it at home . Thanks for sharing ......

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  7. Lovely post nava & Bal. Delicious ladoo

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  8. thank u for this lovely guest post... the laddoos looks so yum...

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  9. thanks for the nice post balvinder.. i love besan ladoo.. look at those cuties :)

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  10. Nice to meet you Bal. you are welcome to visit my page too. This is absolutely divine. and what an amazing clicks. will hope over to your blog to see more of your creations.

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  12. nice guest post.. love the this dish any time

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  13. Nice to know abt Bal..and the laddoo recipe is simply fab!!

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  14. Thank you so much Nava for asking me to guest post. It was my pleasure to help you when you were busy.

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  15. Thanks Nav for showing us Balvinders blog.
    I love besan laddoos, looks so good. Hope you are doing well Nava, yes sometimes it can get busy, take care.

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  16. wow..Looks very tempting dear..btw hw r u?missing ur sweet words at my space...

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  17. wonderful guest post and delicious ladoos!!!

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  18. Wonderful recipe and guest post. These are real treats and so adorable.

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  19. My favourite dessert............simple ,nice & detailed decription.
    Shobha
    www.shobhapink.blogspot.in

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  20. These are my daughter's favorite laddoos. Thanks for sharing Bal and Nava. take care....

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  21. Mmm, these ladoo are my favourites :D
    Childhood babies - they look lovely!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  22. These ladoos look really yummy. Balvinder recipes are always wonderful. Thank you Balvinder & Nava for this lovely post :)

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  23. hey this is nice seeing both of u helping each other with blogging! will check out with her blog as well!! Lovely laddu's :D wish i could grab some

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  24. mmmm Tempting ladoos.Looks so great........

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  25. Such a lovely post Nava.. Glad to know Balvinder.. :) Besan ladoo looks so so yum n beautiful

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  26. Two of my favourite blogger friends and my favourite sweet...do I need to say more!

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  27. Delicious, yummy and tempting laddoo's... Awesome guest post Nava :-)

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  28. Balvinder's recipes are very good! Besam ka laddos? Anytime, anytime! I would love to pop-in a few right now!

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  29. wonderful post ! the ladoos look absolutely delicious !

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  30. lovely guest post....besan ladoo looks awesome, perfectly made....nice to know Balvinder....

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  31. Laddu has come out really well and looks super delicious!

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  32. How cool to have my two long-time blogger friends coming together in a post! Didn't know you gals were that close. Now you got me jealous! Hahaha!

    Thanks for introducing me to Ladoo, Bal! How about both of you cooking for me some day??

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  33. glorious laddus..pure decadence and delicious with the ghee in it :-)

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  34. Ladoo looks tempting and wonderful post

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  35. Great post and amazing recipe, Never had besan lado but looks and sound delicious!

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  37. Looks delicious! It's awesome you had your friend do a guest post! Of course I'll return your follows ;D Best, CD ican'taffordmylifestyle

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  38. Lovely indian sweet bites, beautifully photograph too!
    btw, i like the nutty version of ladoo....

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  39. Most unusual - definitely an Indian-style cuisine treat.

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  40. Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments.

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