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Besan Laddu (The Gram Lentil Flour Sweets)

As the name suggests, these delectable Besan Laddus are made from the coarse flour of a very wholesome Chana dal (Gram lentil) called 'besan'. Its astounding flavor derives from the slow and proper roasting of besan. It can easily be stored for a month or so, in an airtight container. Besan Laddu teams up great with a hot cup of milk, or with a small serving of plain yogurt!

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For 1 Dozen(s)


  • 2 cups coarse besan (coarse gram flour)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, as per your preference
  • ¾ to 1 cup ghee (clarified ghee)
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder, freshly ground
  • Handful of almonds, finely chopped
  • Few cashew nuts, raisins, pistachios, pecan or walnuts, and almonds for garnishing
  • Few strands of saffron


  1. In a heavy nonstick pan, melt the ghee over low-medium heat. Reduce the heat to lowest, and add the besan.
  2. Adjust the heat to low-medium, and roast, stirring constantly, until fragrant and light golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat, add the almonds, magaz seeds, and cardamom powder, stirring frequently, until toasted and warmed through, about 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer the besan to a mixing bowl and let cool to luke warm; add sugar and stir to combine well.
  5. Now roll the sweetened besan mixture into laddus (small lemon size solid balls).
  6. Garnish with whole nuts, and serve.
  7. You may easily store it in an airtight container for a month or more.

Recipe notes

Besan (Gram flour) should neither be under-roasted nor over-roasted.

Make sure that the besan is slight/luke warm before you add the sugar to it.

You may also serve it as a mixture with some fresh plain yogurt.

It takes some practice to roll the laddus from the mixture. Place a scoop of mixture on your palm, firmly press it 2 to 3 times with your fist. Later roll it on your palm to give it a smooth and nice round shape.

Note: All the ingredients are available at the Indian grocery stores.