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Besan Ladoo in Microwave

Besan Ladoo or Laddu is a popular Indian sweet made of Besan (chickpea flour or gram flour), Sugar and Ghee (clarified butter). It is fairly popular to make this for festivities like Holi and Diwali, and kids love this dessert. Here is my super quick and easy recipe using the gadget we all can’t imagine life without- the microwave.

Besan Ladoo in Microwave, Garam Masala KitchenIt reduces the cooking time for this dessert to a third and makes it almost fail-proof. It’s a convenient way for anyone to make this delicious sweet without having to spend a few hours making it and building their muscles! My kids love making it, it’s that easy! Since the total time needed to make these ladoos is under 30 minutes, it makes it easy enough to pull through after a work day, especially when festivities fall on a week-day. I used coarse besan for this recipe, which is also available as “Ladoo Besan”. If you only have the fine besan handy, take out 1 tbsp from the 1 cup required for this recipe, and substitute it with 1 tbsp semolina (soozi). This will add the crunch to the texture. I have to mention here and that always start this recipe with a good quality Ghee. That really makes or breaks the flavor of this sweet. I make Ghee at home using this easy recipe.

Traditionally, it is made by roasting the besan in ghee on slow heat, till the besan changes color from dark yellow to a light golden brown. Depending on the quantity of besan, this process can take up to 30 minutes and requires continuous stirring. By using the microwave, I have eliminated the long and tedious process with an ‘under 5 minute’ cooking time in the microwave and few more minutes rolling the ladoos.

Besan Ladoo in Microwave, Garam Masala KitchenThe time to roast besan in the microwave is anywhere between 3-5 minutes. The actual time for you will depend on the strength of your microwave. So, I would say, after the 3 minute mark, keep an eye on the Besan. Do increments of 30 seconds or 45 seconds if you feel it’s getting done too soon. Stir it well each time. This is really important to distribute the heat evenly. I use two signs to confirm that besan is roasted enough- first, the color changes to a light golden brown; second, you can start smelling a sweet aroma in the whole house. I remember, when I was little, whenever my Mom would make this, she would keep coming to our room to ask if my sister and I could smell the Besan. You know what, it still works for me:-) I’m sharing this quick and easy recipe hoping you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!

Besan Ladoo in Microwave

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Serves: Makes 20 ladoos Cooking Time: 3-5 minutes (+ 20-30 minutes cooling time)




Prep: if using nuts, chop your favorite nuts. I use pistachios and almonds. Keep 1 tablespoon aside for garnish.


Take a microwave safe bowl and melt ghee, about 30-40 seconds. Add coarse Besan and salt and mix well. If you are using fine ground Besan, remove 1 tablespoon from the quantity and replace it with 1 tablespoon soozi (semolina). Mix everything till the Besan has absorbed all the ghee.


Microwave on the default setting for 3-5 minutes, depending on the temperature range of your microwave. During these 3-5 minutes, take the mix out every minute, (or every 30 seconds if you microwave is strong), and stir well. It is done cooking when the mix changes to a light golden color and the fragrance of Besan becomes strong. Add chopped nuts (optional) and let it cool for 20-30 minutes.


The mix should be cool to the touch. Add confectioners sugar and cardamom powder and mix till the sugar is incorporated well. Check if the mix can bind well by pressing between your fingers. If it feels too crumbly, add a tablespoon or so of dry milk powder to bind it.


To make ladoos, take a small portion of the mix (you can use a cookie spoon for this) and roll it in your hands to shape it like a ball. This is the part where watching the video will be helpful. I have demonstrated two techniques of rolling the ladoos, so choose whichever one is most convenient. Once the ladoo is formed, top it with the reserved chopped nuts and plate it.


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