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Monday, 16 October 2017

Besan Suji Ladoo / Festive Cooking

Besan Suji ladoo or the rava besan ladoo is a traditional Indian festive sweet made from chickpea flour and semolina. This is a Maharashtrian dessert typically prepared on festivals like Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi. These besan suji ladoos are delicious and just melt in the mouth types. The specialty of this ladoos is that they use edible gum and desiccated coconut also along with the chickpea flour and suji. The recipe is simple and fuss free and even beginners can try their hands on this recipe as no skill is required in watching the correct sugar consistency in this case. The recipe calls for use of regular besan and the ladoos are sweetened using simple powdered sugar and are flavored with cardamom powder and Saffron.

The ladoos stay good for about 10-15 days at room temperature. They serve as a good option during travel journeys and as a healthy snack for kids apart from being festive treats. The quantity of ingredients used here give approx 1 dozen medium sized ladoos. The recipe can be easily doubled. The only thing which may bother some of you about this ladoos , is the time required for roasting the chickpea flour. I know when everyone is looking for shortcuts and easy microwave method recipes, i chose to stick to this old , laborious and time consuming recipe. The reason is very clear..they say old is gold and it applies to this method. The roasting of the chickpea flour in ghee on low flame not only adds in to the texture and color of the ladoo, but also fills your home with a pleasant aroma and trust me when the ladoos just melt in your mouth with every bite , it is worth the time and efforts taken. (Well for those who are in short of time and do not have patience can follow the easy method and roast the flour in a microwave in comparatively less amount of ghee).  Besan suji ladoo can also be made using sugar syrup, but i follow this simple recipe which i have learnt from my dear Aai (Mother-in-Law) and it is her signature dish.

Related Event: 
This is an old post that i had published in 2017. I have updated this post Today, with new pics and written content, the recipe remains unchanged though. I have many such old posts where i feel the photography is dull and not appealing or the recipe is not up to the mark.(at time we keep making changes to our own recipe). Such posts needs to be updated. All thanks to my dear friend and fellow blogger, Renu who has come up with a Facebook gourmet group,  Foodies_Redoing Old Posts where in a bunch of like-minded food bloggers can update their old posts with new pics and written content every 2 weeks. This is my 24th entry into this event (31st October). The pic below is my old pic of the ladoos. You can make a difference in my old and new pic. In this post, i have added few new pics and added few recipe notes. The old written content of the blog posts remains unchanged as it reminds me of the old time when i had published this post. Meanwhile do check pot Renu's space for some healthy and delicious recipes like this Roasted Poha Chivda which you can try out this Diwali.

Diwali is just around the corner and one can feel the festivity in the air. All the streets , lanes and markets are flooded with colorful lights and flowers. Homes and offices are being cleaned , renovated and decorated. Beautiful rangoli designs and toran adorn the home entrances. Shopping is in full swing and the homes smell heavenly with the aroma of Diwali Faral (the home-made Diwali special sweets and savories). 

For my readers who are not much aware of this festival and its significance , Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism. It spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness , good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest , new moon night of Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up Diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi- the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets) and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. 

This five day festival is celebrated to commemorate the occasion of Lord Ram's return to Ayodhya after defeating the evil Ravana and starts with the celebration of Vasu Baras which is then followed by Dhanteras , Narak Chaturdashi, Lakshmi Poojan , Padwa or Balipratipada and lastly, Bhai Duj.

Today is Vasu Baras, a festival celebrated one day before the five day festivity of Diwali begins. The day is recognised for honouring cows and calves and is celebrated on the twelfth light day of Krishna Paksha of Ashwin calendar month . 'Vasu' means cow and 'Baras' means the twelfth day, hence the word Vasu Baras. 


Today is Monday too which means, we are back with another week of "FoodieMondayBlogHop and our theme for this #114thweek is obviously #Diwali and my contribution to this theme is the traditional Besan Suji Ladoo. 
What goes into my Besan Suji Ladoo?
  • Chickpea Flour / Besan: Besan is the main ingredient of this ladoo. Here, we are looking for the fine variety of chickpea flour which we get regularly in the market. Use good quality flour for best results.
  • Ghee / Clarified Butter: Desi ghee or the clarified butter is used in this recipe. I have used pure cow ghee. You may use the one is readily available at your place. Vegans may try using olive oil or avocado oil. I have not used any of these, so cannot comment on the taste.
  • Suji / Semolina : Fine variety semolina is used here. If you have a coarse variety of suji (the one used for making upma), simply pulse it in your food processor before using in the recipe.
  • Sugar: Powdered sugar is the choice of sweetener in this recipe. You may opt for coconut sugar or any other healthier sweetener if you wish. Use of jaggery powder may change the taste, color and look of the ladoos.
  • Edible Gum: Use of edible gum makes these ladoos more healthy and different (in terms of taste and texture) from the regular besan ladoos . Try not to skip it if possible. It does not have any substitute.
  • Desiccated Coconut: Desiccated coconut lends a lovely nutty flavor to the ladoos. If you use fresh coconut instead, the shelf life of the ladoos will be less and you may have to refrigerate the ladoos instead.
  • Cardamom: These ladoos are flavored with green cardamom powder. Use freshly ground cardamom for best results.
  • Saffron: Use of saffron is not compulsory but i would recommend its use for the wonderful color, taste and richness it lends to these ladoos.
  • Milk: Only 2 tablespoon of milk is used in this recipe that too for dissolving the saffron strands.
  Preparation time : 15 minutes
  Cooking time: 15 minutes
  Serves : 1 dozen

  Ingredients : Measurements used 1 cup = 240 ml
  • 1 cup Chickpea flour / besan
  • 1/2 cup fine semolina / suji
  • 1/4 cup edible gum
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon milk
  • Few strands of saffron
  • 3-4 pods of cardamom
  • 1/2 cup ghee / clarified butter

  1. Dry roast the semolina/suji in a wok on medium flame until aromatic. Remove and keep in a plate. In a small bowl take 2 tablespoon lukewarm milk and add a few strands of saffron to it. Keep aside until use.

  2. Powder the edible gum in a grinder jar and keep aside until use.

  3. In the same wok add ghee and chickpea flour and fry the flour on low flame for about 7-10 minutes or until the flour turns golden pink . You can get to know when the ladle used to stir the flour becomes light and a strong yet pleasing aroma fills your house,(these are the tips my MIL told me to notice ..i guess some things are to be experienced )

  4. Add the roasted semolina flour to the chickpea flour and mix well. Stir fry for another 1 minute so that the flours blend well.

 5. Now add the powdered edible gum . Fry well. On frying the powdered edible gum will tend to swell and form lumps. Keep stirring. Do not worry about the lumps, as we are going to run this flour through a food processor later before shaping them into ladoos.

  6. Add the desiccated coconut and blend well. Put off the flame.

  7. Remove the mixture on a plate and allow to cool down. This is very important or else the added powdered sugar may begin to melt forming syrup , which we do not want.

  8. Add powdered sugar to the cool down mixture . Add about a teaspoon of saffron milk to it. Mix well and transfer this mixture to a food processor or a grinder jar and pulse 1-2 times. This will not only break the lumps formed by fried edible gum ( if any) but also make the mixture even , which will help in binding the ladoos.

  9. Bind the ladoos of desired size by taking the mixture in the fist and applying light pressure with the palms. Use remaining saffron milk if required while doing so. Just sprinkle few drops of the milk, which will help in binding. 

Recipe Notes:
  • 1 cup equals 240 ml. The above quantity of measurements yields one dozen ladoos. The recipe can be halved or doubled.
  • The ladoos remain good at room temperature for around 2 weeks when stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.
  • I have followed the traditional method of making these ladoos which calls for slow roasting of the flour in ghee which gives it its characteristic melt-in-mouth texture. For those who are in short of time and do not have patience can follow the easy method and roast the flour in a microwave in comparatively less amount of ghee, the taste of the ladoos will not be the same in that case though)
    Wishing a very happy blessed and prosperous festivity to all my readers !!!

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  1. beautiful... looks like a real festive diwali

    1. Yes Seema..Diwali is incomplete without these traditional home made sweets ..thank you

  2. I have never used Dink to make Besan Suji laddus and am loving your recipe, Poonam. Happy Diwali!

    1. Thank you Aruna..do give it a try. Happy Diwali !

  3. You are such a perfectionist. Tasty ladoos.

  4. I make besan ladoo and rava laoo, the combination is new to me. Looks awesome!!

    1. The combo tastes great in this recipe di..thank you :)

  5. Besan suji laddu looks superbly delicious. Beautiful click 👌

  6. Besan sooji Laddu looks so delish. Perfect for this festival.

  7. A well explained recipe Poonam... I love the idea of adding gum to the ladoos.

    1. Yes di edible gum adds a distinct bite to the otherwise melt in mouth ladoos. Thank you :)

  8. Yummy Ladoos with beasn n suji, wow !

  9. The ladoos looks deliciously yummy and healthy too. Perfect for winters

    1. Thank you Renu. You ate roght, these ladoos are not only festive but also make a healthy by winter treat.

  10. These ladoos look delicious, I am yet to try this combination. I must make it sometime soon.

  11. I have made besan laddo and suji laddoo separately. this combo looks so tempting to try, esp with the addiion of the edible gum