Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Besan Ladoos | Chickpea Flour Sweet Balls

Diwali is here! And most homes must be filled with the smell of ghee, sweets and savouries. Ours isn't much of a traditional family, we haven't any rituals at home, but then... who would say no to a sweet?! :) And what better excuse to cook up a homemade delicacy, than the festive season! :)

Besan ladoos is one of the most simplest of the traditional sweets. There are many methods making rounds, while I chose one which uses just 3 main ingredients - Besan/Chickpea flour, Sugar and Ghee! Apart from these, Cardamom is used as the flavouring agent and nuts (cashew nuts and pistachio) were used for making the ladoos look pretty :)

Had invited parents-in-law for a Diwali lunch and surprised them with these cheerful besan ladoos :) This was my first attempt and I was thrilled to see the family happily munched on these light and tasty ladoos after a simple homemade lunch :)

Happy Diwali to you all! :)


Besan/Chickpea Flour - 2 cups
Ghee - 3/4 cup
Powdered Sugar - 1-1.5 cups (depending on your sweet tooth)
Cardamom - 4-5 pods, powdered
Nuts - to decorate
Cashew nuts/Raisins - a few, roasted in ghee


  • Roast Besan in a pan and after about 2 minutes, add in the ghee.
  • Keep the flame on medium and mix together, until the flour and ghee combines well. Stir continuously for about 5-10 minutes.
  • At the end of 10 minutes, the aroma of besan is emitted and the mixture turns brownish. 
  • Switch off the flame and remove the mixture from the stove.
  • Allow it to cool just a little bit and then add in the powdered sugar and cardamon powder. Mix well. 
  • You can add in the roasted raisins and cashew nuts into the mixture, if you like. Or if you like your besan ladoos plain, skip this.
  • Make small lemon sized balls out of the dough and keep aside on a plate.

  • If you are finding it hard to make balls at this stage because: 
    • The dough is a bit high on ghee - add in a teensy bit of dough and sugar and knead into the prepared dough. Leave the dough for about 5-10 minutes and then try making the dough balls.
    • The dough is a bit too dry - add in a little more ghee or a tea spoon or two of milk into the prepared dough. Knead well and leave the dough for about 5-10 minutes and then try making the dough balls.

  • Not too long after making them into balls, top them with a nut of your choice. I chose pistachio as I loved the contrast of colours here :) 
  • Place a half sliced pistachio/any other nut on top and press in slightly to keep them in place. 
  • Serve with a smile :)

My Diwali specials - Besan Ladoos and Coconut stuffed Buns :) What has been cooking in your kitchen? :)


  1. Ladoos and Diwali somehow go hand in hand, you have made them so well :) what a good house wife, admire you...

  2. Laddoos are awesome.

  3. oh my!! they loook lovely! but I hate u! im still eyeing ur coconut buns in your last pic with envy! ur making me those!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Besan laddoos have been my favorite. Love your version..reminded me of childhood.Hope you had a great diwali.

  5. Thanks for visiting,loved ur space too...yummy!

  6. Besan ladoos look fantastic !! First time here you have a lovely space :)

  7. wow.. looks really yummy . & soft...