Just one day left for the summer holidays do to end and the new session starts tomorrow. All set for Saanvi to start her year 5. Here I stand in front of the wardrobe, checking her uniform, stationary.
Yes all checked and I am all set for her to start year 5. But as I stepped inside the kitchen, something struck me, no not this year, no more unhealthy sweet treat for her in her lunchbox. Yeah! I sometimes pack in fact hide some choc biscuits, market packed cakes. I believe everybody needs a small treat in their lunchbox especially when school dinners are severing apple crumble, cake and custards and even ice-creams, then why not packed lunches. But I do feel guilty when I pack her processed sweets in her box.
So I suddenly asked Saanvi, would you love taking a besan ka ladoo in your packed lunch, and immediately she said ,yes Mom.
It didn’t take me a minute to get set go and prepare some bit size ladoos for her. For those of you who are wondering what ladoos are ,then they are small ball shaped sweet made out of flour full of goodness of ghee and dry fruits.
- Powdered Sugar-2/3rd cup
- Besan/chickpeas flour-1 cup
- Green cardamom powder-1/2 tea spoon
- Take a heavy bottom pan and add the ghee. Make sure the flame is medium as it should not make the ghee smoking hot
- Now when the ghee is just a little hot, go on to add the besan
- Let the besan roast on low medium flame for 15 mins
- Make sure to continuously stirring it so that the besan is evenly roasted.
- Chop the almonds and add to the besan, so that it gets roasted as well
- At this point the roasted aroma will start spreading
- Continue to roast the besan for another 10-15 mins until is started to change colour and starts leaving the ghee.
- At this stage, when the ghee starts to separate a little, it’s time to turn the flame and let it cool a little bit
- Now take out the roasted besan in a bowl and add the cardamom powder and sugar to it.
- Mix the powdered sugar evenly into the roasted besan
- Now when the mixture is cooled down a little bit, still quite warm but manageable, take a heap full of mixture in your palm and start to form small balls also known as ladoos.
- Garnish the ladoos with almonds and serve them hot or when cooled.
- Store them in an airtight container.
- Make sure to roast the besan at low medium flame as besan can get burnt if done at high flame
- Remember to continuously stir the besan while it is being roasted so that it is roasted evenly
- Always use powdered sugar as ,it is more consistent
- Try and use coarse besan
- Add the sugar when the roasted besan is not very hot otherwise it will melt
- Form ladoos when the mixture is still warm, as it is hard to shape cool mixture
I feel very proud with the result, what magnificent melt in the mouth besan ladoos. What better day to prepare ladoos on Ganesh Chaturthi. A perfect bhog for my Lord Ganesh And a very happy teacher’s day to all my respected teachers, this is for you all.