Indian Wedding and Festival Sweets: Suji Besan Laddoo (Gram Flour Semolina Balls)
Indian festival sweets
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- It will take around 15 to 20 minutes until the mixture will lose its rawness.
- Add raisins and finely cut cashew nuts and almonds.
- Let the mixture become slightly cool but not fully cool. When the mixture is still warm, add the powdered sugar and green cardamom powder.
- 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.
- Make the rest of the balls/laddoos.
How to make besan laddoo, Source: YouTube
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.
- 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.
Did you know that laddoos are a must-have in Indian weddings and other celebrations?
How to make Motichoor Laddoo
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