Saturday 6 October 2007


"Laddoo" is typically a popular Indian sweet prepared on festive occassions and also served as Prashad in the Hindu temples of india.
According to the Hindu mythology, it is associated with Lord Ganesha, whose favourite is besan laddu. It is often prepared during the festival of Diwali.

This is my entry for RCI Tamil Festival Cusine event hosted by Vcuisine
I had mailed and asked Viji if i can make Laddoo's for the event ( I have never ever made laddoo in my whole life, for me they were sweets which were bought from the sweet shop).

I was very enthusiastic to make them i even asked viji if i can make mysoore pak forthe event too as it was my favorite Indian sweet. She was really thrilled that i was going to make both the sweets.
But after me trying to make these laddoo's and the disaster i had, when i was making them I have fully changed my mind in making the mysore pak for the next few weeks :-))))

The disaster i was talking about was when i was making the sugar syrup, it was almost sitcky in nature and then suddenly it was all gone crystal and hard, maybe my fire was too high.
So i started from scratch again and the same happened, i was almost in the verge of giving up when my hubby came to the kitchen hearing me grumbling and swearing about the disaster.
He advised me to start making the syrup again with less heat and it worked.

We had the laddoos with coffee and the taste was great.
I was surprsied about the taste and now i am glad that I made them at home.

Ofcourse my hubby takes all the credit for it, he saying that if it was not for his advice I would have thrown everything in the dirtbag when I had the disaster with the sugar syrup!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got the recipe from here
Making the bhoondi took time. As it was made a bit by bit.

Few of the things needed

Fried boondhi

My First ever home made Laddoo's

Bengal gram flour - 1 cup.
Sugar - 11/4 cups.
Cardamom powder 1tsp.
Oil -1/2 kg
Cashewnut1 cup.
Water 1 cup.
3 tbsp raisins
2 tsps cardamom powder
Raisins Few Tbsp
1/4 tsp yellow food colour ( optional)
If i had thought about Sunita's Spice event i would have added saffron. But now it is too late so have to look for a new dish for the think spice event.
Which is also fun.

Add 1 cup of water to bengal gram flour and mix well.
Keep this mixture aside.Add 1/2 cup of water to the sugar and boil for 25 minutes (until the sugar becomes threadishly sticky in nature )
Heat oil in a frying pan.
Take the laddoo-boondhi spoon (a special spoon with tiny holes especially used and designed for preparing laddoo),and then add 2 tbsps. of the above prepared bengal gram mixture on top of the special boondhi spoon and rub so that the mixture falls into the oil in the frying pan.

I do not have these spoon so i just took a sieve and then added the mixture through this.
Allow the boondhi to get deep fried (till the boondhi turns light brown in color).
Repeat the entire procedure till the entire mixture is turned into boondhis.
Now add all the boondhis into the sugar syrup.
Add cardamom powder to the syrup.
Add ghee fried cashew nuts and raisins
Mix well.
Now,take 4 tsps. of this mixture in your hand and size into a lemon sized ball.
Do this till the entire mixture into balls.Serve hot or cold.


Anonymous said...

hmmmm mouth watering:) i always stay away from sweets that call from sugar syrup coz with these electric hot plates i find it very difficult to control the heat as needed. So now I can visit your site and drool and make myself happy;) i remember one tip from my mom on making laddoos.. fry the boondi not so crisp and it helps in absorbing the sugar well and also easier to make balls!

Apple said...

So cute....lovely entry....they remind me of my Granny's Boondi Laddoos...she adds kova/doodh peda to the mix...

Raks said...

I always wanted to try Laddu,and here i have the recipe...Perfectly done!!Thanx for the recipe..

Dori said...

Nice story...It's good to know we all have goof-ups sometimes. These look good though and I'd love to try one :)

Bindiya said...

lovely laddu's ,can never even think of making them at home, such a lot of hard work, good work !

FH said...

This is the hardest dessert for me to make, looks good F!:))

remya said...

Perfect laddoos.....i havent tried hubby is asweet lover....surely i'll make this nextime for him....thanku for sharing

Rohini's kitchen said...

Wow looking soooo nice and perfect.

Laavanya said...

Wowee! you made laddoos at home? They look so good that I can't even believe that you had trouble making them. Sugar syrups are very tricky....

Sig said...

:) u are so right, laddoos are always a store bought treat, but I too made laddoos for the first time for a blog event a few months ago :) yours look great!

Namratha said...

Wowww...these look yummm Happy, would love to have one right away! You really didn't give up ..did ya? Good hubby to keep you going!:)

Sharmi said...

you are Great! I know how tough it is to make laddus! I tried once and it was not so successful. great job!

Viji said...

Finla, it's not only the recipe, but sharing your experience will help many. See your first attempt elevated your self confidence. Very nice entry. It looks perfect. One tip for getting perfect laddo is they don't fry the boondhis to crisp. When it is 3/4 done they will remove it from the oil. anyway, now you can tell me more tips, as you prepared by yourself. With your write up, it is unique Finla. Thank you so much for your interest in sharing your experience. Have a good day. Viji

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

wow!..happy chef...hats off for ur homemade laddoss...they look so inviting...hopefully, me to get to try this myself..(distant dream, thou...)

Grihini said...

Can you parcel me some..? ;)

Cynthia said...

I remember my aunt making these for Diwali.

Pooja Na(i)rayan said...

wow. Reminded me of grama sitting and making 100's of ladoos. SHe was a big lady and had joint pains. But anything for grandkids. You have inspired me to give it a try. Hope she watches me from above and feel happy. After I wrote this I glanced Apple's comment.{stangers yet similar sentinments}

Seena said...

ladoos looks perfect..great job HC..!

Swaruchy said...

wow...Yumm recipe happy cook :-)
Bookmarked :-)

Padma said...

HC that does not look like a first timer's job, you were able to get the perfect shape and flavor. I wont dare to make them at home :O lil scared...

bee said...

wow, they look wonderful. thanks for the recipe.

Daily Meals said...


Prajusha said...

happy cook,
this looks delicious and perfect.Great effort.

Finla said...

Latha when i was making the syrup i was just thinking the same like you but now that i know the taste of the home made laddoo i might :-)) make again.

Apple Thanks for the info.

Raks Thankyou very much if it was not for the even i think i would have also never made them

Meeso you wouldbe surprised to know how many goof ups i have had in my time :-)))

Bindya thankyou. It was really had work but i am really happy i did it. Especially after the end results and all the compliments i got from my family

Asha Thankyou. For me too this was the hardest dessert to make till now.

Remy i am sure your hubby will love it. With the amount of nuts i addes they were reallt delicious.

Finla said...

Rohini's Kitchen Thankyou

Lavanya Yeah when i see the pic in the blog i am glad that it turned out to be so good.

Sig thanks. I am sure you were also happy like me when you finished making them. After this i will go and wheck your page to know how u did it.

Narmatha My hubby have more patience than me :-)) When i give up he really encourage me to redo it. %aybe it is because he wanted to have the home made Laddoos :-))))))))

Sharmi Thankyou. I am surprised it didn't work out with you. As i am the on who is always drolling on your blog :-)

Finla said...

Viji Thankyou. If it was not for your event i would have never ever dared to make them at home.
Next time ( which will be not soon) i will remember not to fry them too much. Thanks for the event.

A Kitchen scientist... Thankyou very much. Well if you were living close by i would surley send you few of them.

Grihini Just give me the address :-))

Cynthia, The only time i have seen them making was for my eldest sisters wedding and that was a man who really knew wht he was doing as it was his job making these kind of sweets.

Mocha I amsure your grndma will be watching you and be happy for you. Hey if you start learning now and when you have grandkids ( in the far future) they will also tell about you the same :-)))

Seena Thankyou

Srisha Kilambi. Thanks hope you will make them once.

Padma believe me it was the first time i made them. Actually i was not scared to make them at all , i only started grumbling when it started going wrong.

Kribha said...

wow...lovely golden colored laddoos. You reminded me of my paati. Nice to read your experiences. I've still not got the confidence to try it. But I'll drool at your pics for now.

Lissie said...

hats off to you! the laddoos have come out well!! i have never attempted making them at home!

M'nMs said... you've got me thinking of my grandmom's besan ladoos!

TBC said...

Beautifully done, HC! It is difficult to believe that this was your first attempt. They look really good.

Finla said...

Kribha Give it a try you might surprise yourself about your skills.

Lissie thankyou. If it was not for vijis event i would have never made them, but i am so happy :-) i did it.

m&ms Thanks. I got lot of comments saying it reminded of their grandma. If i show these remark to my teenage daughter she would have a good laugh. Now itself she calls me oldie :-))))))

TBC they were realll my firzst attempt

Richa said...

hey ur laddoos look too good, absolutely professional look, great job! any chance of parcel heh!heh!
and to think u had almost given up, so i guess persisitance did pay off! i'm drooling here :)

Shivapriya said...

Hi Happy Cook
Thanks for dropping by my blog. Laddo's looks yummy. You have a nice blog.

Finla said...

Richa Thanks. Well true persistance paied. I am glad i listen to hubby....

Shivapriya Thankx for comming to my blog too.

Pravs said...

Good to read you were successful in getting the sugar syrup right and could make the ladoo. These are the tricky parts of these types of sweets. Laddoo's look yummy.

Shella said...

Boondi ladoos are my favorite, but never dared to make them.

Anonymous said...

Hi Finla !

laddus are my favourite, i made some for the first time with a slightly different recipe from pachakam, it's so satisfying ! Yours look great and no doubt everybody enjoyed them! I tried some with rose and dates, it was yummy ;)

Finla said...

Pravs Thankyou. Yeah i do agree the syrup was a tricky job.

Shella, they are my second choice if indian sweet. My daughter call them yellow balls

Charline I was so pleased with the results that i am glad i did all the hard work for it. My hubby and daughter loves it and i gave few to one of my indian friend and she said it tasted just like the one she buys back in India.

Anonymous said...

Well done, I like it. I enjoyed them thanks to Charline. I'll try to make them at Diwali.
You have a nice blog, good luck

Rajitha said...

amazing! i can imagine the time and effort you must have put in..they look fantastic....

Recipeswap said...

This is a good one....doesnt seem like a very long process too....will have to try this.Thanks for sharing!

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v nice ur cooking dear