Of all the desserts in India, laddus are truly and completely Indian. These sweet spheres started off as medicines because every ingredient used in them had a very important role to play in the health of a person. These base ingredients are then bound by ghee, which is revered by Ayurveda practitioners.
Fast forward to the 21st century, laddus are the go-to dessert for any festival. As a matter of fact, there is a special laddu recipe in every family passed down the generations. But if you’re trying your hand with laddus for the first time, give this simple besan laddu a shot.
75 gm clarified
150 gm gram flour
80 gm caster sugar
1 tsp cardamom, powdered
50 gm cashew nut powder
Garnish with cashew nuts and almonds
butter in a pan.
Roast gram flour in butter till it becomes golden brown.
Add powdered sugar and cardamom powder and mix.
Turn off the gas once cooked.
Transfer this mixture to a plate and cool.
Take a portion of the mix in your hands and make laddus.
Arrange the laddus and garnish with cashew nuts and almonds.
Gurdip Kohli Punj further breaks down the making of besan laddu in this quick video:
Once you’ve mastered this basic recipe, we’re sure you’ll be itching to give these other laddus a try.
More Fun Laddu Recipes
Now, if you’re looking to take your laddu game a notch higher, here are some incredible laddu variations that Living Foodz chefs have cooked up.
Khajoor aur Anjeer ke Laddu
The handsome Chef Ranveer Brar shares his recipe for a delicious, rich and very healthy laddu made of dried figs and dates. He also shares some handy tips to make a perfect laddu.
Brown Rice Laddu
A coarse brown rice flour fried in ghee with sesame and cashew and almond flour. Chef Gautam Mehrishi presents a fun laddu recipe where jaggery adds an unbelievable twist to the taste.
Chef Mehrishi goes the extra mile to discover a lesser known laddu, which is very similar to besan ke laddu. The difference is that the laddu is rolled in a mixture of powdered sugar and cardamom for extra flavour.
Chef Ripudaman Handa uses sago and coconut for a laddu, which can come in handy if you’re on a fast. The technique of making the laddu is perhaps what is the most distinct, where the sago is roasted and ground.
Coconut is an auspicious and indispensable part of Indian culture, so much so that there is a day devoted to it, Narali Poornima. And as expected dishes made of coconut, including laddus, play an important role. Read more about here.
Think about it, leftover chapatis becoming laddus? Main course one day, dessert the next; what could be better! Tear up the chapatis in small piece and then blitz it in a food processor. Saute the powder in ghee with dry fruits and sugar. Voila!
Festive Special Laddus
Laddus are intrinsically connected to Indian festivals and the festive season, which starts from August-September and goes on till March-April. From Ganeshotsav to Holi, there is a laddu for every occasion. Here’s a list of festive laddus you need to be acquainted with.
Laddus and the Harvest Connection
Delving deeper into the festive connections of laddus, Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival in January is known for sesame laddus or til gur, which is simply laddus made of sesame and jaggery. Since most of India is under a cold wave, sesame and jaggery helps warm the body from within.
Travel Well With Laddu
Did you know the laddus make for great travel snack? Laddus use generous amounts of ghee and sugar, both of which act as preservatives keeping the food fresh for longer duration. Here are other travel-friendly dishes to keep your hunger pangs at bay.
The Savoury Laddu
Ram laddu is perhaps the most popular laddu, which is savoury. Made from Moong Dal, Ram laddu is a popular chaat dish in Delhi. Here are other similar chaats you must savour in Delhi.
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