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Besan Ladoo

Posted: March 19, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Dessert, Indian Food, Sweets/Mithai
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HAPPY HOLI !!!

Holi is one of the most popular festival in india. This festival is celebrated at the end of winter season and on the last day of lunar month which usually falls in the later part of February or March. Also, known as Vasant Utsav which literally means Spring festival and we welcome spring here onwards.

This is celebrated by throwing coloured powder and coloured water on each other. Every festival in india is associated with sweets and savory delicacies. I remember mom used to plan days ahead, she will make dishes which she can store and serve on the holi day..she will get up early morning to prepare dishes which will be enjoyed  throughout the day. As soon as, she is done with cooking and clearing up, the guests will start coming to wish happy holi. And the house will be filled with colours, noise, chatting up which I really miss out here.

It used to be fun watching and throwing up water balloons on everyone who goes under our building. On this day nobody can scold you or can stop you doing this, you can get away by saying HOLI HAI!!!. In between doing this fun activities, we pile up ourselves with food every now  and then. In my opinion these festivals are only a way to bring people closer and enjoy their companies. In fact it is also said that if you have enemies this is the best day to patch of things together and move forward.

Apart of so many other delicacies, Ladoo is the most important sweet to be prepared on festivals. Ladoo or Laddu is sweet, rich dessert which is part of south asian cuisine.  It is normally prepared on festivals or given as prasad  at temples. It is usually made with flour and sugar which is binded together to form small golf sized balls. There are lots of varieties of ladoo like besan ladoo(made from gram flour), suji ladoo (made from semolina), bundi ladoo, motichor ladoo and so on.

Besan Ladoo

Besan Ladoo

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup gram flour(besan)
  • 2 tablespoon semolina flour(sooji)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground cardamom seeds
  • chopped pistachios for garnish
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Preparation:

  • Mix gram flour, sooji and melted butter in a large skillet.
  • Roast the above mixture on medium heat until light golden brown in color or until you smell the roasted flour. Keep stirring the mixture so that it does not burn.This will take about 7-10 minutes depending upon the heat.
  • Remove the skillet from the stove and let the mixture cool down a bit but still warm to touch.
  • To this warm mixture, add sugar, chopped almonds and cardamom seeds.
  • To make ladoos, take a spoonful of mixture in your hand about the size of a lemon and roll in between your palms to form a smooth and round balls.
  • Keep the ladoos on a plate and garnish with pistachios on top which will stick to ladoos.
  • Cool the ladoo to serve. This can also be stored in air-tight container for 2-3 weeks.

 

Besan Ladoo

Besan Ladoo

 

Wish you all a very Happy Holi…Enjoy!

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Nariyal/Coconut Laddu

Laddu is sweet which is part of south asian cuisine.  It is normally prepared on festivals or given as prasad  at temples. It is usually made with flour and sugar which is binded together to form small golf sized balls. There are lots of varieties of laddu like besan laddu(made from gram flour), suji laddu (made from semolina), bundi laddu, motichor laddu and so on.

A nice twist on this sweet is one made of Cocunut called Nariyal Laddu. It is just like a truffle, so smooth and creamy that it just melts in your mouth. And believe me if you try this one you will definitely going to get addicted with this wonderful laddu’s.

It is also very simple to make with just 4-5 ingredients and without much hassle.

So here is the recipe of delicious Coconut/Nariyal laddu.

Nariyal/Coconut Ladoo

Nariyal/Coconut Laddu

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh coconut, outer skin/brown skinned removed and grated
  • 12 oz condensed milk.
  • 1/2 tsp powdered cardamom powder
  • 1 Tbsp ghee/Clarified butter
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 15-16 slightly roasted whole Almond
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut flakes

Preparation:

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee in dutch oven over medium high heat, add grated coconut and on low flame cook the same stirring continuously, so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes and then add the condensed milk and mix everything properly.
  • Keep stirring continuously until the mixture gets thick and begin to stick together. After 3-4 minutes you will see everything combined together then, just take small amount of the mixture and try making a ball and if it does not fall through then the mixture is ready make laddu.
  • At this point of time add cardamom powder and dried cranberries to the mixture and mix everything well.Turn of the flame and wait for couple of minutes for mixture to cool down little bit to handle without burning your fingers.  But the mixture should not be cooled of completely otherwise you will not able to make laddos.
  • Take a small amount of mixture in between your palms and roll down into a golf sized ball. Make a small hole and insert an almond and again roll the laddos into a smooth ball.
  • Now roll the laddos in fresh coconut flakes to cover them on top. Keep it on the baking sheet.
  • Repeat the above two steps to complete the rest of the mixture.
  • Once done, preheat the oven to 400 deg farhenit.
  • Bake the laddos for 4-5 minutes in the oven or until you see the coconut flakes on top gets slightly golden brown. It will not take more than 5 minutes.
  • Cool off completely and enjoy this little goodness.
Nariyal/Coconut Ladoo

Nariyal/Coconut Laddu