Besan Laddu

SobhaKesavan S

Besan Laddu tastes heavenly and has a melt in the mouth texture that will make you fall definitely for the sweet. This is a traditional sweet that hasn’t lost its charm over the years. You will never be satisfied with a single piece. These laddus are immensely popular in Northern India and is generally served for festive occasions like Diwali, marriages and other special occasions. Treat your friends and relatives with Besan Laddu for upcoming Diwali festival. These laddus are quite easy to prepare in the comfort of your kitchen. Very few ingredients are required. The outcome is rewarding and you can sense the magical glow on your kids face when Besan Laddu is being prepared. These laddus are healthy especially when prepared at home. No artificial flavorings are required and that sense of feeling itself is quite rewarding. These days you discover junk foods rolling out through eateries and you discover your precious kids falling out for those junkies that will eventually make them sick.

Besan Laddu is one of my favorite sweets that I prepare frequently at home. I pack these as snacks for my kid who enjoy it immensely. Besan is the Hindi word for gram flour and laddus are ball shaped sweets. These aromatic Besan Laddus are prepared from gram flour, ghee, powdered sugar, cardamoms and cashews. There are variations including dry grapes as well. But the recipe stated here is the authentic version. There is a religious aspect as well stating that Lord Ganesha loved laddus. The first and foremost thing is to use the correct ratio of ingredients as stated in the recipe. The measurements should be accurate and your Besan Laddu will never fail. Always use freshly packed and good quality besan/gram flour otherwise you will end up in a bitter taste. You can explore a well detailed Besan Laddu recipe here.

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Besan Laddu

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 3 Cups Besan (Kadalamaavu)
  • 200 g Ghee
  • 300 g Sugar
  • 25 g Dry Grapes(optional)
  • 50 g Cashew-nuts 
  • 5-6 nos. Cardamom 


  • Grind Sugar along with peeled cardamom in a mixer(without water) and keep this powder separately. 
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  • Cut 30g cashew-nuts into small pieces and keep it separately.
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  • Heat some ghee in a large sized cheenachatti/kadai and add the besan into this hot ghee and stir it well continuously. 
  • After about 15 – 20 minutes, ghee will start to separate from the besan but stir the mix continuously till colour of besan turns into golden brown and make a dough for making Laddu(s)
  • If necessary, add some more ghee to the dough, stir it well and cool it for some time. Then add cashew nut pieces and dry grapes (if necessary) and stir it further.
  • Add required quantity of the powder made with sugar and cardamom into this dough (if necessary add some more ghee to make laddu more tasty) and stir it well and keep it for some more time to cool.
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  • After about 15 – 20 minutes, make small balls (at required size) with this dough. Garnish the Laddus with cashew-nuts and grapes. Besan(Kadalamaavu ) Laddu is ready.


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