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

Updated on October 25, 2017
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Chitrangada loves to share traditional Indian recipes with readers for their variety n versatility.Sometimes you may skip counting calories

Sweet delicacies

4.8 stars from 5 ratings of Laddoos

Indian festival sweets

Besan- Suji/ Rawa laddoo
Besan- Suji/ Rawa laddoo | Source

What is a Laddoo!

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Laddoos:

  • Anyone who knows little bit about Indian culture, must be aware of this popular sweet, which is not only a favorite, but essential in various festivals, weddings, or special occasions.
  • Any good news is announced by sharing Laddoos, whether it’s child' s birth, a new job, getting successful in the examination, announcement of a wedding and other good news.
  • In winters special dry fruits, fenugreek seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds etc. are combined along with gram flour or 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 and variety of Laddoos.

Ingredients for Besan-Suji Laddoo: Semolina, Gram flour, Powdered sugar, Cooking oil, Nuts and powdered green cardamom.
Ingredients for Besan-Suji Laddoo: Semolina, Gram flour, Powdered sugar, Cooking oil, Nuts and powdered green cardamom. | Source

Ingredients

  • 50 grams. semolina or suji/ rawa
  • 250 grams. gram flour / chickpea flour or 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 to make the besan-suji laddoos:

  1. Heat ghee or refined cooking oil in a thick bottomed pan. Keep the heat low or minimum. Add gram flour or besan first and fry for 5 minutes.
  2. Then 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, till the mixture will lose its rawness.
  4. Now add raisins and finely cut cashew nuts and almonds.
  5. Let the mixture become slightly cool, not fully cool. Add powdered sugar and green cardamom powder, when the mixture is still warm.
  6. The sugar will melt in the warm mixture and you can bind the balls/ laddoos, within your inner palm. You have to take small portions and press it inside your palm, till they form a definite and firm round shape.
  7. Make the rest of the balls/ laddoos.
Sweets on display at an Indian Sweets shop
Sweets on display at an Indian Sweets shop | Source

Laddoo--Popular Indian Sweet for all occasions

  • The recipe here is a popular Indian sweet, suitable for almost every festival, weddings, celebrations.
  • Whenever it is a celebration time or a happy occasion, the Laddoo has to be there.
  • Laddoos in India are made, with variety of ingredients, but the most popular one is Besan Laddoo.
  • Besan is in fact raw gram flour/ chickpea flour, which is quite easily available in India, in all grocery shops.
  • 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 usualy made in Pure ghee (clarified butter), but one can make it with whichever cooking oil is available.

Other ingredients Variation, to make Laddoos--

~~~Laddoos can be made with wheat flour, grated coconut powder, other cereal flour as well.

~~~There is also a variety made with roughly chopped dry fruits, such as almonds, raisins, walnuts and others, which is normally given to nursing mothers.

~~~The base flour can be chosen from some cereal or pulses.

~~~Another healthy option is Laddoos made with a combination of Sesame seeds, Flax seeds, Pumpkin seeds.

~~~Base is generally of wheat flour.

~~~This is extremely beneficial in winter season, to provide warmth to the body.

~~~Basic method of preparing the Laddoos is more or less the same.

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

© Chitrangada Sharan 7th Sept. 2012

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Coconut laddoos
Coconut laddoos | Source

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Nithya, for appreciating the recipe!

      Hope you would try it. Thanks!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 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 3 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 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

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

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      Sonali Singh 4 years ago

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

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 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 4 years ago from Chennai, India

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

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Gaganpreet, for your kind visit and positive comments.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Really nice hub & I really love besan ke ladoo.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

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

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      Ram Bansal 4 years ago from India

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

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks sujithbeta, for your nice words of appreciation.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 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.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 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 4 years ago from Kerala, India

      looks Delicious. I love to eat ladoos.

      Nice hub

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 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 4 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.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 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 5 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 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for your visit and comment.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      sounds a good treat thanks for this recipe