Thursday, 5 February 2015

BESAN LADOOS



Ladoos....any type is so welcome at my home. It has been a very versatile dry sweet, open to be made with so many kind of ingredients. When I explore through G+, I am just amazed to see even millet ladoos. Curiosity leads me to read every word of the recipes. Really like how people experiment with different ingredients, prepare new dishes or add life to old ones with a small twist. I enjoy watching all these, in the process learning more and more and yet more.

Besan Ladoos were not common in a Bengali household. I had a taste of it at a very young age from my non-Bengali friends. If I visited their homes, I would greedily wait when aunty will get me some from that big glass jar in a plate. I would finish one plateful in few minutes and would wait for those kind words, "Do you want more?" Obviously the answer was always yes!!

At our home, since childhood I have seen mom making ladoos with coconut, puffed rice, flattened rice, sesame seeds. So I had a basic idea about how ladoos are made. Yesterday evening I was just sitting idle back from work and not willing to go for my regular jogging session. That is when I felt like preparing something in a jiffy which will also be tasty. I had a fresh packet of gram flour bought a day before , hence the idea of BESAN LADOO / GRAM FLOUR LADOO popped up. You need very few ingredients to prepare it in about 45 minutes.

INGREDIENTS :
Besan [gram flour] : 1cup[big]
Sugar [fine grained] : 1/3 cup[big]
Ghee [clarified butter] : 1/4 cup + 1drop
Green Cardamom : 4
Cashews : 8-10

METHOD :
Melt ghee in a wok. Crush the green cardamoms with a rolling pin and put into the ghee.  Break the cashews with hand and add to the ghee, lightly fry. Add the besan. Keep on stirring the besan at medium to low heat for about 10-15 minutes. When the raw smell goes and the besan turns light brown, switch off gas.

Transfer the mixture in a plate. Add the sugar and mix well with help of a spoon. Now wait for 3-4 minutes. Grease your palms with a drop of ghee. Take desired amount on your right palm and press little hard to bind together to form a ball. Smoothen by rolling between two palms. You can store them in a jar for few days.

Enjoy anytime of the day or gift a jarful to your loved ones!!

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