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Indian Wedding and Festival Sweets: Suji Besan Laddoo

Chitrangada loves to share traditional Indian recipes. Sometimes, it's okay not to worry about calories.

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.

Laddoos: Gram Flour and 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

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10 min

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6

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.

Sweet Delicacies

An assorted sweets box.

An assorted sweets box.

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, there have 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.

© 2012 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you love sweets? Please share your views in the comments section.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 11, 2020:

Thank you Peggy, for reading and commenting on this article.

The Laddoos are a must have sweet, on any auspicious occasion in India. Yes, they can be made with variety of ingredients.

Thank you so much for your kind words. Much appreciated.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2020:

Thanks for introducing me to what laddoos are and how they are made. They seem very versatile with the variety of ingredients that can be used in creating them.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 30, 2017:

Thanks Rajan Ji for your kind visit and encouraging words!

Glad you liked it. Thanks!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 30, 2017:

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.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 10, 2015:

Thanks Nithya, for appreciating the recipe!

Hope you would try it. Thanks!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 09, 2015:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 18, 2014:

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!

Nikolic Predrag from Serbia, Belgrade on April 18, 2014:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 13, 2013:

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

Sonali Singh on March 11, 2013:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 04, 2013:

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.

Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan from Chennai, India on January 03, 2013:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 24, 2012:

Thanks Gaganpreet, for your kind visit and positive comments.

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA from Kanpur, India on December 24, 2012:

Really nice hub & I really love besan ke ladoo.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 08, 2012:

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

Ram Bansal from India on December 05, 2012:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 05, 2012:

Thanks sujithbeta, for your nice words of appreciation.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 05, 2012:

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

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 05, 2012:

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

Sreejith k from Kerala, India on December 05, 2012:

looks Delicious. I love to eat ladoos.

Nice hub

Shampa Sadhya from NEW DELHI, INDIA on December 05, 2012:

Voted up and useful!

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

Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on December 04, 2012:

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.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 25, 2012:

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.

mizjo from New York City, NY on October 25, 2012:

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.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 18, 2012:

Thanks DDE, for your visit and comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 17, 2012:

sounds a good treat thanks for this recipe