Indian Wedding and Festival Sweets: Suji Besan Laddoo (Gram Flour Semolina Balls)

Updated on November 1, 2018
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Indian festival sweets

This Diwali, make your own besan suji laddoos
This Diwali, make your own besan suji laddoos | Source

Sweet delicacies

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What Is a Laddoo?

If you know a little bit about Indian culture, you may be aware of this popular sweet. Laddoos are not only a favorite, they are essential to various festivals, weddings, and special occasions.

Any good news is announced by sharing laddoos—whether it’s a child's birth, a new job, doing well in an examination, the announcement of a wedding, or any other good news.

In the winter season, special dry fruits, fenugreek seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, etc., are combined along with gram flour, wheat flour, or semolina to make healthy laddoos to keep us warm.

In other words, a celebration is incomplete without having a mouthful of delicious laddoos.

Ingredients for besan suji laddoo: semolina, gram flour, powdered sugar, cooking oil or clarified butter, chopped nuts, and powdered green cardamom
Ingredients for besan suji laddoo: semolina, gram flour, powdered sugar, cooking oil or clarified butter, chopped nuts, and powdered green cardamom | Source

Ingredients

  • 50 grams. semolina (suji/rawa)
  • 250 grams. gram flour or chickpea flour (besan)
  • 100 grams powdered sugar
  • 200 grams. cooking oil or pure ghee
  • 1 teaspoon green cardamom powder
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon finely cut almonds
  • 1 tablespoon finely cut cashew nuts
  • Lots of love, patience, and precision

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 6

Instructions

  1. Heat ghee or refined cooking oil in a thick-bottomed pan. Keep the heat low or minimum. Add gram flour (besan) first and fry for 5 minutes.
  2. Add semolina and continue frying for another 5 to 10 minutes. The colour of the mixture will turn golden brown slowly and one can smell the aroma.
  3. It will take around 15 to 20 minutes until the mixture will lose its rawness.
  4. Add raisins and finely cut cashew nuts and almonds.
  5. Let the mixture become slightly cool but not fully cool. When the mixture is still warm, add the powdered sugar and green cardamom powder.
  6. The sugar will melt in the warm mixture, and you can bind the balls/laddoos in your palms. You have to take small portions and press it inside your palm until they form a definite and firm round shape.
  7. Make the rest of the balls/laddoos.

How to make besan laddoo, Source: YouTube

An assorted sweets box
An assorted sweets box | Source

Delicious Laddoo: The Popular Indian Sweet for all occasions

The recipe mentioned here is a popular Indian sweet, suitable for almost every festival, wedding, celebration, or even no special occasion at all. Whenever it is a celebration time or a happy occasion, the laddoo has to be there.

Laddoos in India are made with a variety of ingredients, but the most popular one is besan laddoo. Besan is raw gram flour, or chickpea flour, which is quite easily available in any grocery shop in India. In case it’s not available, one can grind the split black gram in the food processor.

Semolina is called suji or rawa in India and is added for slight crunchiness in the sweet. This sweet is usually made with pure ghee (clarified butter), but one can make it with whichever cooking oil is available.

Laddoo Variations

  • Laddoos can be made with wheat flour, grated coconut powder, other cereal flour as well.
  • Motichoor laddoos are equally popular for weddings and festivals. The process of making it, is entirely different, though the ingredients remain the same as in besan laddoo. Don’t miss the videos of both the varieties, at the end of the article.
  • There is also a variety made with roughly chopped dry fruits, such as almonds, raisins, walnuts, and others. This is especially considered healthy and nutritious for nursing mothers.
  • Another healthy option is laddoos made with a combination of sesame seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds. This is extremely beneficial during the winter season, to provide warmth to the body.
  • The basic method of preparing the laddoos is more or less the same. The base flour can be chosen from cereals or pulses of personal preference.

Anyone with an interest in cooking and an understanding of different ingredients, can make these and even create new ideas.

Coconut laddoos
Coconut laddoos | Source

Did you know that laddoos are a must-have in Indian weddings and other celebrations?

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How to make Motichoor Laddoo

Indian sweets displayed at a Sweets Shop
Indian sweets displayed at a Sweets Shop | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

        Chitrangada Sharan 

        16 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks Rajan Ji for your kind visit and encouraging words!

        Glad you liked it. Thanks!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        16 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        Not many can resist laddoos. Nice information with the recipe which non Indians will appreciate & increase their knowledge about Indian culture and this sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        3 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks Nithya, for appreciating the recipe!

        Hope you would try it. Thanks!

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        Nithya Venkat 

        3 years ago from Dubai

        This is delicious and easy to make, will try. Thank you for sharing.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        5 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks dis-cover, for your kind visit and lovely comments!

        Hope you enjoy this. Many thanks for voting up and the Follow.

        Have a good day!

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        Nikolic Predrag 

        5 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

        I wouldn't say no to such a treat. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Voted up.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        6 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks Sonali, for reading the hub and your comments. Mother's recipes are unparalleled . Have a good day.

      • Sonali Singh profile image

        Sonali Singh 

        6 years ago

        Your hub reminded me of the tasty and delecious ladoos my mom used to make.

      • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

        Chitrangada Sharan 

        6 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Tirupati laddoos have the blessings of Lord Shri Balaji. As such they taste divine and nothing can match divinity.

        Hope you like this as a sweet recipe. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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        Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 

        6 years ago from Chennai, India

        Interesting recipe. Would this be as good as the Tirupati Laddoo? Voted up.

      • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

        Chitrangada Sharan 

        6 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks Gaganpreet, for your kind visit and positive comments.

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        GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 

        6 years ago from Kanpur, India

        Really nice hub & I really love besan ke ladoo.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        6 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks rambansal for the great compliment. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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        Ram Bansal 

        6 years ago from India

        This reminds of my mother who was a great experimentalist on new recipes. I like Laddoos..

      • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

        Chitrangada Sharan 

        6 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks sujithbeta, for your nice words of appreciation.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        6 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks shampa sadhya, for your visit and appreciation. I am pleased that you found it useful. Thanks for sharing and pinning too.

      • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

        Chitrangada Sharan 

        6 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks That Grrl, for your visit and encouraging comments. I am glad you liked the recipe.

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        Sreejith k 

        6 years ago from Kerala, India

        looks Delicious. I love to eat ladoos.

        Nice hub

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        Shampa Sadhya 

        6 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

        Voted up and useful!

        Thanks for sharing the recipe as it's one of my favorite sweets. Sharing and pinning!

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        Laura Brown 

        6 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

        We have to be careful about nuts in our family, due to allergies. But, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your recipes. It's nice to see things which are not general North American fare.

      • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

        Chitrangada Sharan 

        6 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks mizjo, for your encouraging comments. I would be sharing some more Indian sweets recipe here, and I do hope, you would like them as well. Thanks for your appreciation and visit.

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        mizjo 

        6 years ago from New York City, NY

        I had an Indian sweets recipe book once, when my kids were little and I always had enthusiastic tasters. Sadly, I've lost it through too many travels. I do remember making the besan laddoo, and it was delicious! Thank you for the nice hub and a poignant reminder.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        6 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Thanks DDE, for your visit and comment.

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        Devika Primić 

        6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        sounds a good treat thanks for this recipe

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