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Indian Wedding and Festival Sweet: Suji Besan Laddoo

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This Diwali, make your own besan suji laddoos—a popular Indian festival sweet.

This Diwali, make your own besan suji laddoos—a popular Indian festival sweet.

Suji Besan Laddoos (Gram Flour Semolina Balls)

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.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

20 min

30 min

6 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.

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

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 you should 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 shape the balls/laddoos in your palms. You have to take small portions and press them inside your palm until they form a definite and firm round shape.
  7. Make the rest of the balls/laddoos.
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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, there has to be laddoos.

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.

Coconut laddoos

Coconut laddoos

Laddoo Variations

  • Laddoos can be made with wheat flour, grated coconut powder, or other cereal flours 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 how to make both varieties (above and below).
  • There is also a variety made with roughly chopped dry fruits, such as almonds, raisins, walnuts, and others. This variety is considered to be especially healthy and nutritious for nursing mothers.
  • Another healthy option is laddoos made with a combination of sesame seeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds. These are extremely beneficial during the winter season and may help 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.

Do You Know About Laddoos?

Indian sweets displayed at a sweets shop.

Indian sweets displayed at a sweets shop.

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