Besan Ladoo is a ball shaped sweet that has a crunchy and crumbly texture which melts in your mouth. Besan Ladoo is high protein, high fat , and sweet treat to please your sweet tooth.  

Chef Anu (left) with Chef Vandana
Chef Anu (Right) with Chef Vandana

This recipe is super special as my friend was visiting us from Winnipeg. I came to know that she makes some amazing ladoos. So this recipe is one of her specialities that is quite popular with Indian families in Winnipeg. I hope you like this recipe so much that we can ask her to cook few more sweet delicacies of India and share with all of us.

What is Besan Ladoo?

Besan Ladoos are ball shaped, aromatic and delicious traditional North Indian sweet with medicinal properties. Besan Ladoos have high protein and high fat so they can be eaten as a healthy snack.

Ladoos are traditional Indian sweets made for special occasions or if you want to eat something sweet and healthy. Each region and State of India has its own unique variation of this Ladoo.

About Besan Ladoo

Besan Ladoos are traditional North Indian sweets usually in the shape of a ball. Besan Ladoos have been in North Indian households for centuries. These Ladoos are made with gram flour, butter, powdered sugar and cardamom (optional). I am adding semolina for a more crunchy experience when you bite into the ladoo. The traditional version of this ladoo is more soft than the version I am making.

Besan ladoos are made by slowly roasting gram flour in the butter until it turns golden in color.  You can add different types of nuts and dry fruit such as cashews, almonds, pistachios, and raisins. Portions of this warm mixture are pressed down in the palm to the shape of balls.

Besan Ladoo is made in every corner of India with many variations. The traditional version of this ladoo need nothing more than gram flour, butter, sugar.

Gluten Free

Skip Semolina

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Besan Ladoo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 26IU1%
Vitamin C 0.01mg0%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tips for the best Besan Ladoo

  • Do not keep the flame high or else the besan will burn. 
  • Keep on mixing the entire time.
  • Do not add too much or too little butter.
  • If you want a crunchy texture then you can also use coarse besan (gram flour).

Some other Indian Sweet Recipes

Ingredients

  • Gram Flour (Besan)- 2 1/2 cups
  • Butter-1 1/2 stick (56.5 g)
  • Sugar- 1 3/4 cups
  • Cardamom (Optional)- 1/4 tsp
  • Semolina- 1 tsp

How to make Besan Ladoo

Dry roast the gram flour and semolina on low medium heat for a minute. (This will ensure there is no extra moisture in the gram flour).

Add 1 stick of melted butter and mix well as shown in the video. 

Keep on stirring the mixture to roast it. 

Roast it for about 15 minutes then add 1-2 tbsp of butter. 

Keep roasting until the color starts to change and the mixture starts to turn aromatic. 

Once you start to see the glossy shine of the butter and a beautiful golden color. Add cardamom powder to it and give it a nice mix

Add rest of the butter. Mix it and turn off the heat.(this will give a very nice fragrance and flavor to the ladoo’s) 

Add sugar and mix it . 

Once you mix the sugar, turn on the heat on low medium again and roast it for another 1-2 minutes.

Turn off the heat and remove the mixture into another dish so that the mixture can start to cool down . 

Start making the ladoo’s when the mixture it still hot enough to handle.

Take 2 spoonful of mixture in your palm. 

Press and roll it so it starts to form a shape of a ball. Once you start to get the shape don’t press it too hard else the ladoo will break. 

Garnish with your choice of dry fruits. Serve these as is.

Besan Ladoo

How To Make Besan Ladoo

Besan Ladoos are ball shaped, aromatic and delicious traditional North Indian sweet with medicinal properties. Besan Ladoos have high protein and high fat so they can be eaten as a healthy snack.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course dessert, healthy, Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 20
Calories 134 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Non-Stick Pan
  • 1 Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 2.5 cup Gram Flour
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1.75 cup Sugar
  • 0.25 tsp Cardamom Optional
  • 1 tsp Semolina

Instructions
 

  • Dry roast the gram flour and semolina on low medium heat for a minute. (This will ensure there is no extra moisture in the gram flour).
    Besan Ladoo
  • Add 3/4 cup of melted butter and mix well.
    Besan Ladoo
  • Keep on stirring the mixture to roast it.
    Besan Ladoo
  • Roast it for about 15 minutes then add 2 tbsp of butter. 
    Besan Ladoo
  • Keep roasting until the color starts to change and the mixture starts to give an aroma.
    Besan Ladoo
  • Once you start to see the glossy shine of the butter and a beautiful golden color. Add cardamom powder to it and give it a nice mix
    Besan Ladoo
  • Add 1 tbsp of butter. Mix it and turn off the heat (this will give a very nice fragrance and flavor to the ladoo’s).
  • Add sugar and mix it. 
    Besan Ladoo
  • Once you mix the sugar, turn on the heat on low medium again and roast it for another 1-2 minutes.
    Besan Ladoo
  • Turn off the heat and remove the mixture into another dish so that the mixture can start to cool down. 
    Besan Ladoo
  • Start making the ladoo’s when the mixture it still hot enough to handle.
  • Take 2 spoonful of mixture in your palm.
    Besan Ladoo
  • Press and roll it so it starts to form a shape of a ball. Once you start to get the shape don’t press it too hard else the ladoo will break. 
    Besan Ladoo
  • Garnish with your choice of dry fruits. Serve these as is.
    Besan Ladoo

Notes

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 22mgPotassium: 144mgFiber: 2gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 26IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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