A very popular sweet in the Indian subcontinent ‘Laddu’ or ‘Ladoo‘. It is a personal favorite. Laddu comes from the Sanskrit word ‘lattika’ meaning a small ball. It is believed to have originate from Mauryan times.
The three main ingredients are Chickpea/Gram flour (also known as besan), Clarified butter (Ghee) and Sugar (Chinni). Although a few more ingredients such as milk, almonds and desiccated coconut can be added to make is a bit tastier. ‘Ladoo’ is mostly prepared for festivals in India and is often used as offerings to religious deities.
Yesterday, I was craving for something sweet fortunately there was no chocolate in the house. So I decided to make ‘Ladoo’, since I had not made them for a long long time. ‘Ladoos’ are one of the quick and easy sweet recipes.
Chickpea/Gram Flour (besan) 4 cups
Powdered Sugar 1 1/2 cup (can use 2 cups)
Ghee 1 cup (can use 2 cups)
Almonds (optional to add) 7-8
Green cardamom powder (optional to add) 1/4 tsp
(I used less sugar and ghee to reduce calorie intake; for beginners it is better to use 2 cups for first attempt)
- In a pan heat ghee, add almonds & cardamom powder. Roast till slightly brown
- In another pan roast Chickpea/Gram Flour on medium heat till around 10-12 minutes, the flour should become slightly brown and have a slight aroma
- Turn off the gas
- Add the ghee, almonds and cardamom powder mixture to the roasted Chickpea/Gram Flour and add powdered sugar, mix all the ingredients well
- The entire mixture is slightly greasy now, make small balls and let is cool for some time
- Happy serving!
You can add cashew nuts and raisins also. A easy sweet dish that can be stored and eaten post meals or those post dinner cravings!
Tips: the ratio of Ghee/Sugar vs Chickpea/Gram Flour (besan) is 1:2
let mixture cool a bit before you add the sugar and make balls
roast Chickpea/Gram Flour on medium heat only and continuously stir so that it doesn’t become too brown
reference about ladoo information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laddu