Diwali is just round the corner and I decided this year that I would be proactive and post recipes in advance,rather than on Diwali day or after,so atleast someone else can use them to make their own goodies:)
Besan Laddu is synonymous with Diwali and weddings in Maharastrian households.It was a favorite sweet in my parents home too and even now,Aadi and SD love it. Anani couldn’t care less…but then she doesn’t like sweets in general.
Nothing marks the beginnning of festivities like the smell of besan(gram flour) being roasted..cardamom being ground..The aroma engulfs the house and even neighbours two doors down know that you have started preparing Diwali snacks.I miss that here and I try to do and make as many things I can to bring Diwali here for us..
Anyway,here’s the recipe for Besan Laddus :
1 cup Besan
1 cup powdered sugar(if you can’t powder sugar then use icing sugar)
1/3 cup ghee
2-3 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
4-5 saffron strands
cashew nuts,blanched almonds and raisins for garnishing.
Put Besan(gram flour) and ghee in a thick bottomed pan and roast on a medium-low flame,till it turns golden brown.By now,your kitchen will be filled with a delicious aroma and arm will be ready to fall off!!(yes ! you have to keep stirring!!)
The mixture might be a little lumpy now.Turn off the stove and add the milk.The mix in the pan starts to froth.Let it cool a little.
Add the sugar and cardamom powder,saffron strands and mix well,breaking any lumps that may have formed on cooling.
Divide into equal portions and roll into smooth balls.The finer sugar you use,the smoother your Laddus will be(I figured this one out after much trial and error!!)
Garnish with Nuts and raisins and store in an air-tight container!
If you use this recipe,please leave me a comment and let me know,how it was.