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Besan Laddoos

Shyama Malhotra | September 3, 2020
Besan Laddoos

A traditional Indian sweet made during all festivals and celebrations, besan laddoos are delicious spherical delights made with gram flour, ghee, sugar and dry fruits. A favourite among adults and children, almost every household has their own ‘secret family recipe’ for making the same.


Gram flour (besan) – 250 gms; sifted

Sugar – 250 gms; powdered

Semolina (sooji) – 100 gm

Ghee – 250 gm

Cardamoms – a few; ground to a fine powder

Lotus seeds (makhannas) – a few

Pistachios – a few; shelled

Almonds – a few


  1. Heat the ghee in a heavy bottom pan and melt it.
  2. Lower the flame, add the lotus seeds, pistachios and almonds and fry till crisp and golden brown.
  3. Keep aside. Crush coarsely when cool.
  4. Add the gram flour to the ghee and cook on a low flame, stirring continuously for even roasting.
  5. Wait for the colour to change to a deep golden brown and for it to let off an aroma.
  6. Add the semolina and keep stirring.
  7. Add the powdered sugar and stir non stop without taking a break.
  8. Add the roasted and crushed dry fruits along with the powdered cardamoms, give it a final stir and remove from the flame.
  9. Transfer the mixture to another pan immediately and allow it to cool completely.
  10. Take small portions of the mixture and roll into balls.
  11. Roll once again after 30 mins to give a smooth finish to every laddoo.
  12. Store in an air tight jar and use within three weeks

Patience is the key to making besan laddoos. Making these involves a lot of arm work as one needs to stir continuously, but the hard work is worth the effort. Do share with us your experience of making these melt-in-the mouth sweets in the comments box below.

Shyama Malhotra

Shyama spent her early childhood in the Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh with her granparents. She learnt cooking when she was all of eight years old. By the time she shifted to her parents’ home in Meerut when she was 11, Shyama had learnt enough to be able to cook entire meals for the large joint family. Her prowess in the kitchen made her very popular even after marriage, and her table was always laden with traditional Indian food. Shyama passed away recently, but her recipes have been kept alive by her daughters and grandchildren who cherish every item that their nani cooked for them.

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Arti Chopra
Arti Chopra
3 years ago

These are the yummiest laddoos I’ve ever eaten!Laddoos made by the world’s greatest chef – our mom!!🥰One ingredient that’s to be added is mommy’s love♥️

Kali Vohra
Kali Vohra
3 years ago

Thank you, thank you for this gem from aunty’s recipes. We all loved her cooking and especially the love with which she fed us. Will definitely try this recipe and keep her lovely memories alive.

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