Come Ganesh Festival, my mother and aunt used to prepare many varieties of sweets. Besan laadu is one among them and most loved by children. Me and all my siblings had to wait until lord Ganesha had first, i.e, it was kept first for NAIVEDYA. That was funny and you can imagine how it was; during the Ganesha Chaturthi Vratha’s maha mangalarathi, all the children’s eyes were on the many dishes kept in front of Lord Ganesha. We were so mischievous that we used to wonder whether Ganesha would take one besan laadu from his long snout. God please forgive us we were just naughty children. The word besan laadu will bring this picture in my thoughts. Besan laadu is made from the Bengal gram flour. Like few other sweets I have blogged this Besan laadu is also an easy to make dish. You need to use Ghee while frying which removes the bitter smell of besan. The powdered sugar along with dry fruits simply gives an extraordinary taste. Besan laadu is amazing you will love it.
Besan Laddu Ingredients :
- Besan or Gram flour or Kadale Hittu – 1 cup
- Powdered Sugar – 1 cup
- Ghee / Clarified Butter – 3/4 cup
- Cardamom Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Cashew nuts
- Raisins (Kishmish)
Preparation Time : 30 mins
How To Make Besan Laddu:
- Fry the Besan flour in a pan (without Ghee) for 2 min. Next, add Ghee to this Besan flour little by little with the help of spoon. Try not to add all 3/4 cup of Ghee at once since at times, the Besan mixture may take less Ghee as well. If the Ghee poured by you turns out to be excess, one can’t hand make Laddu with the mixture turning out to be too soft to take any shape.
- Fry this mixture in low flame and stir continuously for about 15 min until the mixture turns golden brown (or methi seeds color). Remove from the flame and leave this mixture to cool for about half an hour.
- Meanwhile, heat Ghee in a frying pan; add Raisins, Cashew nuts and fry until the nuts turn golden brown.
- If you cannot find powdered sugar at the departmental store, you can have sugar powdered in a mixer grinder.
- Once the Besan mixture becomes cool, add powdered Sugar, fried Cashew nuts and Raisins and hand mix everything well. Once the all the ingredients are mixed properly, prepare Laddu by taking approx. 1 Tbsp of this mixture in your palm and with the help of your palm/fingers bring it to round shapes as shown in the images. Decorate Laddu by placing Raisins on the top of Laddu.
- This easy to prepare but quite popular Laddu stays soft and tasty.
The regular Laddu you have in marriages and as prasadam in Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple is distinctly different than this preparation and it is often referred to as Boondi Laddu. But when you visit Tirupati Padmavathi temple downhill, the Laddu prasadam there is close to the Besan Laddu recipe I have talked about here!