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Besan Ladoo

An Indian sweet that's prepared by roasting gram flour in ghee along with sugar, cardamom, and nuts. Besan ke Ladoo is a must for Diwali.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time22 minutes
Total Time42 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Diet Vegetarian, Eggless, Gluten-free
Servings: 10 ladoos
Author: Nisha



  • 1 cup besan gram flour
  • ¼ cup ghee liquid
  • 1 tablespoon ghee if needed for later
  • 6 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 5 cashews dry roasted & chopped
  • 5 almonds dry roasted & chopped


Roast the ghee & besan

  • Heat up a nonstick pan on low-medium heat. Once hot, add ghee. I used liquid ghee since I live in a warmer area.
  • Once the ghee is melted and hot, add besan (gram flour).
  • Stir the besan into the ghee.
  • This is what you'll have 3 minutes later - a crumbly mixture.
  • Keep stirring - this is the result 5 minutes later. Since my mixture was a bit crumbly, I added another tablespoon of ghee. Add it if you need it.
  • A minute later - the mixture begins to combine. You should be able to smell the aroma of the besan - this is a sign that you're getting close to the finish line.
  • A couple of minutes later, the mixture is no longer crumbly and takes the shape of a ball.
  • Using your wooden spoon, spread out the mixture. It'll be slightly glossy and grainy. This is done.
  • Transfer the batter into a large bowl. Let the besan mixture cool for 20 minutes.

Dry Roast the Nuts

  • In the meantime, in the same pan dry roast the nuts. Saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Chop the nuts.

Add the sugar, cardamom, nuts. Form Ladoos.

  • 20 minutes later, add powdered sugar, cardamom, and nuts to the besan-ghee mixture.
  • Mix well.
  • Using a mini-scoop, add the besan mixture into the palm of your hand and roll it into a ball.
  • You should be able to get 10 ladoos.


Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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