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Besan Ladoo Recipe

Recipe Overview

Besan Ladoos are ball shaped indian sweets that are made from gram flour and sugar flavoured with cardamom and garnished with almonds.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 Cups/ 300g Besan (Gram Flour)
  • 1 1/4 Cups/ 281ml Water
  • 1 Tsp Yellow Food Colouring
  • 1 Tsp Pistachio Flavouring (optional)
  • Oil
For the syrup:
  • 2 Cups/ 480ml Water
  • 1 Cup/ 250g Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Flavouring
  • 5-6 Cardamoms


  • Start by preparing the sugar syrup in a pan. Bring to boil 1 cup of sugar and 2 cups of water.
  • Add 1 tbsp of coconut flavouring
  • Add 5-6 cardamoms
  • Keep stirring. When water starts to boil, add 2 tbsp of lemon juice.
  • Turn off the heat once the syrup has thickened slightly. Reserve.
  • In a bowl, add in 2 cups of besan, 1 tsp of pistachio flavouring (optional)
  • Gradually mix with 1 1/4 cup of water to form a batter. (the batter should neither be thick or thin)
  • Add tsp of yellow food colouring and mix
  • Heat oil over medium high heat in a deep frying pan.
  • Pour the batter on a perforated ladle and do circular movements with a spoon on the ladle to ease the batter to drip through into the oil
  • Fry the boondi until golden brown
  • Drain them from the cooking oil and immediately dip them into the sugar syrup
  • Allow them to soak into the syrup for around 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile repeat the above steps till the batter is used up
  • Blend peanuts and almond
  • Add coconut and boondi. Blend again
  • Form into small balls
  • Refrigerate to set for 2-3 hours before serving


Source: Cuisine Mauritian