As far as Indians are concerned, when it comes to festival sweets, it has always been Ladoo. Be it Diwali or any other festival, you can see people preparing ladoos and sharing them with their friends and neighbours. In my childhood, Ladoo has always been my favourite because my mom asks my help in shaping the boondi as ladoos. Those are fun memories! After coming to the US, I had always wanted to prepare and eat Ladoos, but couldn't. It was being delayed for some reason or the other. However, my friend Poornima satisfied my craving. She surprised me yesterday with a box full of ladoos. Wow! yummy! They were too good and the recipe had to shared. So...here is the recipe for the king of sweets -Ladoo...Poornima version.
4 cups Besan Flour
2 tablespoon on Rice flour
A pinch of Salt
1 cup Pure Ghee
4 cups sugar
1 tsp Powdered Cardamom
1/2 cup fried and chopped Almonds,Cashews and Raisins
Oil for frying
How to prepare
Heat the ghee in a pan. Add the besan flour and fry it on a low flame stirring continuously till brown. Add rice flour and a pinch of salt to this mixture. Once it is browned, let it cool.Mix well and add 2 spoons of ghee.
Heat the oil and prepare boondi with Boondi karandi (a vessel used for making boondi). If you do not have this vessel, no worries....you can buy readymade boondhi from any Indian store.
Meanwhile, prepare the sugar syrup separately by adding water:sugar in 1:1 ratio. Add powdered cardamom to this mixture. Mix well.
Pour this syrup into the boondi and add chopped almonds,cashews and raisins.
Leave this mixture for 20mts so that the boondi absorbs the sugar syrup.
After 20mts heat the mixture in a medium flame. After 2 mins remove it from the flame and shape the boondi into ladoos.