Ladoos were not my cup a tea until once we were relocating from a place. I had no choice other than dumping my left over pantry. I really felt so miserable throwing away generous amount besan (chickpeaflour). That motivated me to try ladoos at home. Since my mother in law prepared it very often and hers was absolutely perfect so I never felt like preparing it.
I managed to prepare some besan ladoos referring a book from Tarladalal. It turned out to be great for a beginner like me. At least it was palatable. Hence started my journey with ladoos. I still remember my cravings when I was expecting eldest one. I was really dying to eat any kind of ladoos. So my in-laws had packed 5 to 6 kg of ladoos for me. Now I am scared to even think that I eat those crazy amount of ladoos being always a fitness freak. So when my older one was born, he was whopping 9 pounds or 4.5 kilo. My family called him ladoo baby and he still has the penchant for ladoos. My mother in law feels more energetic when she has to make for her son and also for the grand son as well..
Once during Ganesh Puja I was running short of besan and it is sometimes difficult to get all the groceries here in Beijing. I tried making the ladoos using atta and making it more yummy by adding almond meal. Thanks to a small shop which has opened recently and is enough to cater the Indians out here. But I still carry loads of groceries when I travel back from India. I know it is a hassle but I cannot survive without any ingredients missing.
I felt the atta ladoos tastes much better than the besan ladoo anyway that’s a personal choice but it had good taste and my son also loved it.
- 1 cup Atta
- ½ cup ghee(clarified butter)
- ¾ cup powdered sugar or less
- 1/3 cup almond meal
- 1 tsp ground cardamom powder
- chopped nuts to garnish (almond and pistachios)
- Melt the ghee in a heavy bottom pan and add atta to it. Lower the fire and keep stirring it for approx 15 to 20 minutes. This is the most important step in making ladoos. It requires patience and results are rewarding. Saute it till u get a nice aroma from the atta.
- Remove from fire and pour the mix in a plate or a bowl. Gently spread it and allow the atta to cool down thoroughly. it will be sticky.
- After it has cool down completely add almond meal, ground cardamom, chopped nuts and sugar. Take some mix in a hand and roll into small balls. Store them in an air tight containers.