Friday, September 21, 2012

Besan Ladoo - A classic Indian dessert

 
 
'Almost teen' was telling me the other day that she read (or rather tried to read) some classics that have been re-written. And by re-written I don't mean abridged. It really saddened her (and me) that they had mish-mashed the story in a way that the feel of the old classic is lost. Some of her friends did like the new perspective or take to the story, but I think I share her opinion and feel a bit let down. I think I am a bit like that even with my cooking - there are some classic recipes that I will not want to refurbish. It's just not me. Besan Ladoo is definitely a classic for me...and here it is as it should be, simple and age old.

By the way, on a completely different note, 'almost teen' is going to be a teen soon... I can't be calling her 'almost teen' anymore - any recommendations?? Her friends recommend 'finally teen'... I like it - what do you guys think??



 




 
1 cup besan/gram flour
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
1/8 tsp cardamom powder

handful of dried fruits of your choice finely cut and roasted in ghee.

On a low flame roast the besan, till it is richer in color and exudes a nice sweet aroma. This is THE most crucial part of the recipe. If you under roast then you will have a ladoo with a raw besan taste and  the flour will stick to your teeth. After you roast it should have a nice powdery consistency and not cling together. This is a easy 15-20 min process. Some people like to roast the besan in ghee...I like to add the warm ghee latter.

Warm the ghee and add it to the roasted besan, keep aside to cool.

After it is cool to touch, add the caster or superfine sugar and dry fruits, cardamom and nutmeg. With a light hand form small bite size balls....enjoy !!


I Love the change in seasons, change in the landscape, wardrobe and change in our palette. Our need for warm cappuccino hot chocolates replacing our urges for ice-creams and sundaes.  More than anything the rich landscape of color....sad that fall is such a short season...almost like a filler between summer and winter. Beautiful things come in small short spurts I guess. My yard is getting ready for fall too.....
 
 













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22 comments:

  1. You can call her your precious teen. Besan ladoo looks delicious.

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  2. Beautiful pictures. Besan ka laddoo is my husband's fave. I am yet to post my version :-)

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  3. Delicious, smooth laddoos!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  4. Delicious and quite a tasty looking ladoos. Wish I was there to get a taste of it.
    Deepa

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  5. Totally agree. Some classic recipes need to be prepared in the age-old traditional way to taste classic. Lovely pics and love the new name :)

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  6. love these melting in the mouth laddus. I often make them but just shape them in sandesh press. love these.

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  7. I hope I'll be able to taste some of these wonderful treats soon in the upcoming Diwali celebration.

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  8. Besan ladoo my new favorite ever since I tasted the on at the local Indian store. I love the photos that you have posted here.

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  9. Wow yummy yum!! Loved the preparation :)

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  10. wow... delicious looking laddoos... want a plate now...

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  11. Looks delicious and came here through foodgawker, you have such a nice page.

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  12. Love the ghee and besan!! Yummy little balls!

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  13. Came here through foodgwaker. Lovely space, stunning pictures and beautifully written posts.
    Love the Ladoo pictures. And also enjoyed reading your discription of the change in season!! You have a beautiful yard... Saw the pictures In earlier posts too. :))

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  14. Perfectly made besan ladoos Simi, love your clicks

    Blog - http://shwetainthekitchen.blogspot.com/
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  15. You got the shape so very perfect. It looks so delicious and I feel like grabbing one. We make ladoos with rava mostly. Don't know for some reason besan laddo was made very sporadically by my mom.

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