|"Besan Ke Ladoo"|
As the name suggests,its made with Bengal gram flour commonly known as Besan in Hindi, roasted in desi ghee, flavored with cardamom.
Well, its commonly made in our home as its my son's favourite.....thanks to "Chota Bheem" the cartoon character who gets strength by eating ladoos :) and since he loves them I never miss a chance to sneak in some chopped almonds to enrich these ladoos.
Besan (Bengal Gram Flour) - 2 cups
Suji (Semolina) - 1/4th cup
Sugar - 3/4th cup
Ghee - 1/2 cup
Cardamom - 4
Almonds, blanched and chopped - 1/4th cup
Grind sugar along with cardamom to make a fine powder and keep aside.
Melt ghee in a kadhai, add besan along with suji,mix well and roast on medium heat until the besan changes colour from pale yellow to a nice golden brown and starts to release the aroma of roasted besan.
It would take around 10-12 minutes to roast the besan on medium flame, Keep string at regular intervals to avoid the besan from sticking to the bottom of the kadhai and getting burnt. By the time the besan is well roasted, you will notice it starts to release ghee, don't worry.... its not excess, once we start adding the sugar it will be fine and will get crumbly.
Once the besan is well roasted, turn off the heat and remove your kadhai from the gas burner.Let it cool for 5-8 minutes so that it reaches a workable temprature.
Add the powdered sugar and cardamom mix well and add the chopped almonds and mix again so that all are blended well, (At this stage I prefer mixing with hands as you can ensure that there are no lumps)
Take around 2 tablespoon of the mixture and start rolling into ladoos almost the size of a Ping pong ball.
Once the ladoos are done, let them cool completely and store them in air tight container, They can be eaten over a period of 8-10 day (only if they are left :) )
If you don't want to add suji to the ladoos then you could use corsely ground besan, also known as ladoo ka besan and is available at Indian grocery shops.
These ladoos are sweet, but if you like them less sweet then reduce the sugar quantity to half a cup.
I have used ready blanched an chopped Almonds, however they can be done at home. You could add other nuts like roasted cashew and pistachios.
However you make them I'm sure you will love these ladoos....there are truly yummy and melt in the mouth.