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!
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??’
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
=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.