Besan Ladoo

#1 Mar 7th, 2008, 04:18
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Sorry, "tomorrow" is a long time in coming! (Been studying too much.)
Here's the recipe I used from The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking:
3/4 cup (180 ml) ghee
2 cups (205 g) sifted chickpea flour
3/4 cup (110 g) brown sugar (I used jaggery)
2 Tbl. (30 ml) grated dried coconut
2 Tbl. (30 ml) chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 tsp. (1 ml) nutmeg (I left this out)
Melt the ghee, add the flour.
I added the coconut & nuts after the flour was slightly browned. One batch was plain, one was with coconut, one was with CASHEWS, not the other nuts.
Yum, Yum!!!!
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Noted your inclusion of coconut, we don't use coconut.
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Originally Posted by Gardener972 View Post Sorry, "tomorrow" is a long time in coming! (Been studying too much.)
Here's the recipe I used from The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking:
3/4 cup (180 ml) ghee
2 cups (205 g) sifted chickpea flour
3/4 cup (110 g) brown sugar (I used jaggery)
2 Tbl. (30 ml) grated dried coconut
2 Tbl. (30 ml) chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 tsp. (1 ml) nutmeg (I left this out)
Melt the ghee, add the flour.
I added the coconut & nuts after the flour was slightly browned. One batch was plain, one was with coconut, one was with CASHEWS, not the other nuts.
Yum, Yum!!!!
For a finer taste sensation, try grinding all the ingredients very fine after browning. Have you tried rava ladoos made the Tamilian way i.e. fine ground with lots of cashews?
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Originally Posted by jyotirmoy View Post Noted your inclusion of coconut, we don't use coconut.
Interesting! Does it then become a new name when adding coconut or it just isn't done at all? You should try it sometime... tastes awesome!
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Coconut

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Originally Posted by Gardener972 View Post Interesting! Does it then become a new name when adding coconut or it just isn't done at all? You should try it sometime... tastes awesome!
In north and central India coconut is not added. But many food items have been modified with regional variations. Coconut might have been included in the south Indian avtar of Besan Laddoo.

There is a similar sweet, slightly richer called Pinni. Ever tried it?
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No but I just looked it up and it's on my next thing to make list! Sounds yummy!!!
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We just got home from a short trip and immediately went out for Indian food since I'd gone into Indian food withdrawal... ha! Tonight was a besan ladoo night to top it off!
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@ Syn,

Is the Tamilian MaaLadu the same as Besan Ladoo???
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Maaoo ladoo

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Is the Tamilian MaaLadu the same as Besan Ladoo???
Do you mean maa or mao ? Mao means flour in Tamil, it could be besan [chickpea meal] or any other meal. 'Arsi mao' is rice flour - the type used for rava ladoo tamil style is very fine ground.
A good quality Mao laddoo will be very fine ground whatever meal, fine ground sugar, lots of ghee and lots of cashew nut pieces. They melt in the mouth, are very yummeee and very very fattening !
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yup mao ladu it is..though all the tambrahms I know call it maaladu..

The reason I am confused right now is cos i m not sure if the mao in maaladu is the same as in Besan ladu made in the north...Need to make maaladu soon & cant seem to find the right recipe for it...or the ingredients (if the flour to be used is not besan) ...
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Originally Posted by xiaojie View Post yup mao ladu it is..though all the tambrahms I know call it maaladu..

The reason I am confused right now is cos i m not sure if the mao in maaladu is the same as in Besan ladu made in the north...Need to make maaladu soon & cant seem to find the right recipe for it...or the ingredients (if the flour to be used is not besan) ...
Try it with very finely ground rice flour, its much tastier than besan. If you cant get very fine ground rice flour, just grind whatever is available again a few times. Mung dal flour is also a variation. Dont forget the cashew nuts for a superior taste. Some people also use raisins as a cheap substitute for cashews but you cant beat the cashew taste.

If you visit Chennai, buy some rava ladus from Grand Sweets or better still get hold of a cook 'maami' to make you some to your specs. The Maharashtrian rava ladu is a poor substitute for what is available in good old Tamil Nadu. Now my mouth is watering and I have to make do with just a salad for lunch [at the office] as I was too lazy this morning to assemble anything else. Signing off.
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Could this be similar to Jaisalmer "gottwa"??? These were yellow balls (containing saffron) which reminded me of almond paste, but someone said they were made from chickpeas, so lightly roasted besan flour could be an ingredient.
I would love to know how they are made as my travel partner absolutely adored them.
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Originally Posted by Baba View Post Could this be similar to Jaisalmer "gottwa"??? These were yellow balls (containing saffron) which reminded me of almond paste, but someone said they were made from chickpeas, so lightly roasted besan flour could be an ingredient.
I would love to know how they are made as my travel partner absolutely adored them.
Dont know, maybe someone from the Rajasthan region could clarify. If as you say it was like almond paste, it must have been very fine with lots of ghee and perhaps the addition of some ground almonds as well. Sounds fatteningly delicious!
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Almonds... good idea! I think I'll make some besan ladoo with ground almonds next time. Imagine adding some finely chopped dates? Ummmm!!!

If a person were to use rice flour instead of besan flour, would it be another name instead of "besan" ladoo? Would you brown the rice flour just like the besan?
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hmm...just had couple of besan burfis for dessert...and do I feel satisfied.....[burrrrppp]
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