The Diwali special.
Diwali, a festival of lights. In India, it’s the most widely/largely celebrated festival. It is celebrated consecutively for 5 days. Lighting diyas, making colourful rangolis, preparing delicacies, packing of gifts, shopping are all part of this vibrant festival. One of my fond memory is when I was at my grandpa’s house making late-night chaklis. The aroma filled the house with cheerful spirits and smiling faces. With each and every member of the house ‘on-duty’, this festival of lights calls for family gatherings and sharing of love.
Coming to my recipe, my second sweet dish which forms a part of Diwali delicacies is Besan Ladoo. With not many ingredients required, this recipe requires efforts. The results being delicious though. The perfect blending of Gram flour and sugar gives it a distinctive taste.
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
- 1 kg Gram flour
- Ghee (Clarified butter)
How to prepare
- In a wok, put in 6-7 tbsp. of clarified butter (ghee). After the clarified butter is sufficiently hot, slowly put 3/4th of the gram flour.
- Now comes the challenging task. One has to keep stirring this mixture on low flame and not let it burn. (See picture of both after and before). Once the gram flour is fried enough, one can see small lumps being formed. Slowly break them. (This process might take 1 hour)
- Grate 10 tbsp. of sugar in mixer. (Fine sugar/sugar powder)
- Add this fine sugar in gram flour (which is been stirred at low flame). After the addition of sugar, again there are possibilities of the gram flour-sugar mixture getting burnt. Keep stirring on low flame all the time.
- As the sugar gradually blends with gram flour, an aroma of this mixture is released. After rigorous stirring for another 45 minutes, turn off the flame.
- When this mixture is partially cooled, make small circular balls. (See picture)