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8 June, 2014

Besan Laddu (Chick pea flour balls). Gluten free and protein packed

Comments : 4 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna

 

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Browsing  through  the  aisles  in  Chapters  store,  this  book  title  caught  my  eyes.  “The  Emperor  of  all  Maladies”,   by  Siddharta  Mukerjee. ‘Pulitzer  Prize  Winner’  it  was  highlighted.  What  a  befitting  name  for  the  disease.  A  disease  that  creeps  in  so  surreptitiously  that  many  a  times  it  is  too  late  when  diagnosed.  A  disease  where  more  often  there  is  no  cause.  A  disease  that  do  not  spare  the  young  or  healthy.  You  may  have  guessed  it  friends,  it  is  the  most  dreaded  C  word.  Cancer.

There  have  been  close  encounters  with  cancer  in  the  family.  I  have  lost  my  dear  ones  to  this  malady.  Standing  helpless  I  have  watched  how  this  enemy  slowly  and  systematically  eroded  the  life.  We  are  eagerly  awaiting  the  day  when  we  can  turn  the  tide  and  become   victorious.  I  dedicate  this  post  to  all  the  survivors  of  this  disease  and  to  those  who  fought  a  brave  battle  with  dignity  but  succumbed  to  this  monster.

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‘Relay  for  Life’  is  an  annual  fundraiser  that  we  do  in  our  office,  to  raise  funds  for  more  research  in  this  field.  This  is  a   cause  that  is  close  to  my  heart.  When  I  saw  the  ‘Bake  Sale’  notice  in  my  office,  I  wondered  if  Laddus  would  in  fact  be  a  good  choice.  Although  there  is  no  baking  involved  this  is  an  easy  recipe.  I  made  a  small  ‘Test’  batch  and ‘ tried  it’  on  the  girls  in  my  office.  “I’ll  take  two  dozens”  said  L. ” Just  the  perfect  snack  to  pack  for  camping.”  I  had  my  answer  there.

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Laddus  are  a  common  offering  in  religious  ceremonies.  It  can  be  made  ahead  of  time  and  stores  well  too.  Every  family  has  their  own  variation  to  the  ingredients.  Almonds   or   Walnuts,  Pecans  or  Pistachios  any  or  all   would  do.  Some  prefer  to flavor  it  with  Cardamom.  Many  other  varieties  of  flours  can  be  added  too.

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High  in  protein  and  Gluten  free  are  an  added   bonus  in  this  dessert.  With  as  little  as  four  ingredients  you  can   whip  up  a  batch  in  an  hour  tops.

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Recipe:

Ingredients;

Salted  Butter  stick                  One ( 125 ml )

Besan  ( Chickpea  flour )         Two  cups.

Icing  sugar                                One  cup

Pistachio  nuts                           Quarter  cup  coarsely  chopped.

Method;

Take  the  butter  out  of  the  fridge  and  let  it  warm  up  to  room  temperature. In  a  bowl  mix  together  the  Besan  and  butter.  Rub  it  with  your  finger.  Start  with  high  heat.  When  the  pan  has  heated  up  crank  the  heat  down  to  medium.   Stir  this  mixture  carefully.  Do  not  let  the  Besan  stick  to  the  bottom  of  the  pan.  There  will  be  a  change  in  colour  in  the  Besan  as  it  gets  roasted  and  a  nutty  aroma  will be  there.  It  took  about  thitry  minutes.  The  last  ten  minutes  I  had  the  gas  on  low  for  better  control.  Turn  the  gas  off.  Let  it  cool  a  bit.  Add  the  sugar  and  nuts.  Slather  some  butter  in the  palm  of  both  hands  and  form  tight  balls.  Store  them  in  an  airtight  container.

I  wanted  to  put  my  new  silicone  chocolate  mould  to  work.  So  I  coated  the  inside  of  the  mould  with  butter.  Threw  in  some  Pistachio  pieces  in  each  and  packed  the  mould  with  the  above  mixture.  I  waited  for  half  hour  to  remove  them  from  the  mould.  A  new  shape  for  the  Laddus.

Inside  scoop;

The  above  measurement  yielded  ten  round  and  fifteen  smaller  sized  Laddus.

By  Ratna

4s COMMENTS

4 thoughts on : Besan Laddu (Chick pea flour balls). Gluten free and protein packed

  • Ratna
    June 14, 2014 at 12:29 am

    No kidding Simi. Smell, taste, ready in no time. A win-win situation!

  • June 13, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Love besan ke ladoo….the aroma of roasted besan and ghee….it’s bliss

  • Ratna
    June 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I totally agree. Thanks for stopping by Rekha.

  • June 10, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Reminds me of childhood when my grandma used to make besan ke laddu at home, recipe though sounds easy, she always said secret lies in how much you brown the besan.

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