Besan Ladoo - Indian Sweet Recipe

Chickpea Flour / Besan laddu Recipe

Besan ladoo or besan laddoo or besan ke laddu, it is a popular Indian sweet recipe made all over India.

Laddoo is generally a sweet round ball. Laddoos are made with a variety of ingredients.

Rava(semolina) laddoo,

Whole wheat flour (atta laddoo),

Mung dal flour (moong ke laddoo),

dry fruits laddoo etc.

I just love the sound of the word laddoo. It reminds me of a chubby bubbly baby.

Besan laddoo is one of most popular laddoo.This Ladoo or laddu is a made with besan - chickpea flour - bengal gram flour.

Chickpea flour(bengal gram flour) is known as besan in hindi and other Indian languages.

It takes a bit of time to patiently roast the besan but making the laddoo is a simple and easy process. This laddoo lasts for more than a month. Most of the time it gets over before that as it is very much in demand.

Besan laddoo is made during festivals and at other times too when you feel like having it. It is a must Indian sweet for Diwali sweets or any other festival or a celebration.

How to make besan ladoo

Ingredients for besan laddoo - makes 6-8 laddoo.

Main Ingredients

Besan - Chickpea - Gram flour
Desi Ghee - Clarified butter
  • Besan (chickpea flour-chana dal flour) - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Ghee(clarified butter) -1/2 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - chopped - 1 tsp
  • Raisins - 1 tsp cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • milk or fresh cream - 1 tbsp


  1. Sift the besan so that there are no lumps.
  2. Grind the sugar to a fine powder consistency.
Making besan laddu
  1. Use a deep thick bottomed pan. Mix besan and ghee in the pan.
  2. Keep on low flame and stir continuously till you get aroma of the fried besan. This will take about 20 minutes. It will also turn a little brownish to. Do not let it become dark brown.
  3. Switch the stove off.
  4. Add 1 tbsp milk/fresh cream stirring continuously. The mixture will bubble a little. Keep mixing, scraping the bottom for a minute.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. Fry cashew nuts in a little ghee. 
  7. When the roasted besan is completely cool, mix powdered sugar in it.Use your fingers to mix the sugar powder thoroughly.
  8. Add cardamom powder, fried cashew nut pieces to the sugar-besan mix and mix well.
  9. Form into round balls (laddoo).

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Remember to keep the flame low while roasting. Do not let the flour turn brown. It will taste bitter.

Powder the sugar fine. If not the laddoo will become crunchy.

Traditionally, besan ladoo is made with ghee. If you do not want to use ghee, you may use any vegetable oil. Vegans can use coconut oil. The taste will change accordingly. 

Enjoy with family and friends.

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