Besan ladoo

Just a couple of days ago was Janmashtami (Lord Krishna's birthday), so I decided to make this sweet and offer him. I remember that a few years ago, I was in Vrindavan and Mathura, places where Lord Krishna was born and grew up, and I was not able to see the temple then, as the doors were shut in the afternoon. That trip is still due...hopefully some day in the near future I will go back...


4 cups chick pea flour, sifted
1.25 cups warm ghee
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
15 cashewnuts, roughly chopped


In a wide saute pan, heat ghee over medium heat. Add chick pea flour and saute for about 20 - 25 minutes on medium low heat, stirring constantly. You do not want to burn the flour but cook it until it is slightly golden in color.
It is important that we cook chick pea flour, since it is difficult to digest if left uncooked. The aroma of ghee and flour when its being cooked will perfume your kitchen.
Add cashew nuts and cardamom powder, and mix. Turn off stove and set this mixture aside for 10 minutes, so that it cools slightly.
Add sugar and mix.
When the mixture is still hot, apply some ghee on your palm and take a handful of the warm/ hot mixture and form balls. Set aside. BE CAREFUL, since the mixture has to be warm to make the balls, but you should not burn your palm as well. Its a bit tricky.

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