Besan Ke Ladoo – Sweet Gram Flour Balls

Did you know it’s possible to make a luxurious and sophisticated Desi dessert with frugal ingredients you probably already have sitting in your cupboard? Everyone will think you’ve spent the whole day making them (that’s what my family thought!) but they don’t require a lot of effort at all! It just requires 30 minutes of active time; so no waiting around for hours a’la Kheer and Gajar Ka Halwa.

The result is a melt-in-your-mouth, silk-like caramelised treat that pairs perfectly with a cup of strong coffee or tea. Dieters, watch out, because you won’t be able to stop yourself from munching through Ladoo after Ladoo. Here’s another advantage: these keep wonderfully in the fridge for well over a week – so the munching need not be limited to a one-day window!

Besan ke Laddo (sweet gram flour balls) - a Pakistani/Indian dessert recipe by fatimacooks.net

No milk, no cream, no condensed milk or dried fruit – none of that fancy stuff you typically associate with desserts. Just gram (chickpea) flour, ghee, icing sugar and some optional cardamom powder for taste and nuts for garnish! It’s amazing, I tell you! As I was making this, I kept saying to myself ‘Gram flour? Nooo. The stuff I use to bind my kebabs and batter my pakoras will make me a decent dessert? No waaaaay!’. It was almost disbelief as I bit into the first one and internally shrieked ‘WHAAAAT? Can gram flour ACTUALLY taste this good?! Am I dreaming??’

Besan ke Laddo (sweet gram flour balls) - a Pakistani/Indian dessert recipe by fatimacooks.net

For the stingy frugal amongst us, like myself, here’s a cost breakdown of these Besan ke Ladoo (sans the nuts and cardamom) based on the prices from my local supermarket:

2 cups gram flour (185g) = 23p
1 cup ghee (220g) = £1.10
3/4 cup powdered or icing sugar (95g) = 15p
= £1.48
=9.25p per Ladoo

Do you seriously need another reason to make these? Making something special doesn’t need to cost you more than those couple of pence lying at the bottom of your purse. These Besan ke Ladoo conomic, uses common ingredients AND tastes so so SO good – what are you waiting for? Don’t wait for Eid or Diwali or your birthday or your Mother’s cousin’s sister-in-law’s Henna – Make these delicious Besan ke Ladoo today! If you’re anything like me, these will become a regular!

Enjoy, with love.

Besan ke Laddo (sweet gram flour balls) - a Pakistani/Indian dessert recipe by fatimacooks.net



Besan ke Laddo (sweet gram flour balls) - a Pakistani/Indian dessert recipe by fatimacooks.net
Besan Ke Laddoo - Sweet Gram Flour Balls
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These delicious Ladoos melt sinfully in your mouth and taste distinctly of caramel with a roasted touch. Even if you aren't a fan of desi sweets, you will love Besan Ke Ladoo!
Servings
16 Ladoos
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings
16 Ladoos
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Besan ke Laddo (sweet gram flour balls) - a Pakistani/Indian dessert recipe by fatimacooks.net
Besan Ke Laddoo - Sweet Gram Flour Balls
Print Recipe
These delicious Ladoos melt sinfully in your mouth and taste distinctly of caramel with a roasted touch. Even if you aren't a fan of desi sweets, you will love Besan Ke Ladoo!
Servings
16 Ladoos
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings
16 Ladoos
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups gram (chickpea) flour
  • 1 cup ghee
  • 3/4 cup icing/powdered sugar adjust to taste
  • 0.75 tsp cardamom powder optional
  • nuts, for garnish optional
Servings: Ladoos
Instructions
  1. Put all the gram flour in a pan or skillet preheated on medium heat. Allow the gram flour to dry-roast in the pan, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Do this for about 10-12 minutes, till the kitchen becomes fragrant. Tip: Don't use a non-stick pan. A regular pan will impart a stronger, more roasted flavour
    Besan Ke Ladoo (Sweet gram flour balls) - a sweet Indian/Pakistani treat from fatimacooks.net
  2. Add the ghee, starting with 1/2 a cup. Stir the gram flour continuously, making sure no lumps are forming. Adding the rest of the ghee a few tbsp at a time.
    Besan Ke Ladoo (Sweet gram flour balls) - a sweet Indian/Pakistani treat from fatimacooks.net
  3. Continue to cook the gram flour mixture for about 10 minutes in total, stirring often. The mixture should look like the picture below
    Besan Ke Ladoo (Sweet gram flour balls) - a sweet Indian/Pakistani treat from fatimacooks.net
  4. Turn the heat off and mix in the powdered/icing sugar and cardamom powder (if using). You can adjust the sweetness to taste - just make sure the sugar is mixed in evenly.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool. When cool enough to handle, begin to shape the mixture into 16 equal-sized balls using your hands. You may want to coat your hands in ghee whilst doing this - it makes the Ladoo easier to shape. Top with a nuts if you wish!
    Besan Ke Ladoo (Sweet gram flour balls) - a sweet Indian/Pakistani treat from fatimacooks.net
  6. Grease the plate you will be putting the Ladoo on with ghee to prevent them from sticking.
  7. Your Besan ke Ladoo are ready! Try not to eat the entire plate!
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