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Besan Laddoo – Gram flour laddoos for a Happy Diwali


Celebrations, happiness, joy meeting up with family and friends. Could you think of a better way to spend this beautiful and auspicious occasion? This is one of my favourite times of the year and takes me back to my home in India. There are always lots of sweets, new clothes, family & friends over every evening and loads of gifts exchanged. A puja to mark the event and rangoli adorned at the entrance; also ‘faraal’ or huge tins of snacks (savoury & sweet) were always stocked up for when we had guests coming over. Though I reckon that was our excuse! I enjoyed having such a huge stack of sweet meats and savoury varieties at home to delve into as & when I felt like. My favourites always include karanji, chakli, anarsa, laddoos, shankarpali. And there’s a separate list of my must have Indian desserts too.

Diwali; the Indian festival of lights is about bringing people together and sharing in the food feast, festivities and prosperity for the coming year. I intend on doing that and much more this year to revel in the excitement of the festival I so associate with my childhood. This week there are candles & diyas lit in my home and sweets galore but to make it that tad bit special I’m also doing little food hampers for some close friends. I have made a grated raw mango chutney in little jars; will also be putting together ready masala chai pouches & naankhatai biscuits to enjoy with that warm cup of tea. I’m including one of my favourite Indian sweets – Besan Laddoos. These gram flour & melted butter roasted beauties are moreish and very very addictive. One is never enough (at least in my books!) Very easy to make and they keep for weeks in an airtight container.

Here’s wishing you a very Happy Diwali with joy and prosperity (and loads of sweets) coming your way…

Ingredients (Makes 24 Laddoos)

150gms unsalted butter

300gms besan or gram flour

4 tbsp semolina

200gms caster sugar

1 tsp cardamom powder

2 tbsp chopped pistachios

2 tbsp raisins


In a heavy bottom non stick sauce pan heat the butter on a low flame. Add the gram flour & semolina stirring well and breaking any lumps. Now roast the gram flour on a medium flame for 10-12 minutes stirring continuously until the colour of the besan starts to change & becomes caramel in colour and smells sweet. This might seem like its taking a long time but the result is well worth it. Don’t be tempted to get the heat on high as it can burn quite quickly. Once it’s roasted turn the heat off and let it cool slightly for 5minutes.

It should still be warm at this stage. Now add the sugar, cardamom powder, pistachios and raisins. Stir well making sure all the sugar has dissolved and the mix isn’t too grainy. When the besan is cool enough to handle take small portions and roll them into a ball.


Besan Laddoos are ready to eat. Store them in an air tight container and they will keep for a couple of weeks.

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  1. Laura T.
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Happy Diwali! I will be making these this week as part of our feasts 😀

  2. Tereza Sayeg
    Posted November 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Dear Maunika,
    I saw laddoos in an Indian movie called Vinglish English, and I got really interested in trying them.
    Is your recipe the same as the one in the movie? Are there several different recipes?
    Best regards,

  3. Sue D
    Posted February 10, 2015 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    I made these today and they tasted so amazing, I didn’t have cardamom powder nor pistachio but I added a bit of fennel.
    Anyway, I definitely went wrong somewhere. Could you please tell me what the consistency supposed to be like with the butter and flour? Mine was far too dry to form balls or anything. I guess it should have been a liquid, since you say about the sugar dissolving? I really want to make these again.
    Thanks! x

    • maunika
      Posted February 11, 2015 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      The sugar and roasted gram flour form a grainy texture which along with the butter is enough to shape into small laddoos.

  4. Faiza
    Posted June 7, 2015 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Dear Maunika, I am having the same problem as Sue D, I can’t seem to form the mixture into laddoo balls. I followed your recipe to a T. What do I do to rectify it somehow….add more sugar or butter?? Thanks in advance!

    • maunika
      Posted June 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

      Hi Faiza, Roasting the besan takes patience and ofcourse the use of just he right amount of butter is key. Give it enough time to roast and get slightly nutty aroma. It will begin to form and take shape when moulded. Also try and do so when its still slightly warm. Hope this helps and you enjoy the laddoos!

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