Thursday, May 28, 2009

Microwave Besan Laddoo

Hello dear readers,

I am back after a long break. We were busy shifting to our new home here. Yes, we bought a townhouse here in Ashland. It was a moment of great joy the day the papers were signed. I was busy for the last two months trying to arrange and decorate our nest :) .
Many friends kept asking me whether I stopped blogging altogether :) . I found that I was giving excuse after excuse, and yesterday night I decided, enough was enough, I am going to blog, because deep inside I was missing my blogging buddies a lot ! So here I am with a sweet start :D

Sweet start with Besan Laddoo. Did you know that this sweet can be made with ease in a microwave in few minutes? I was surprised too when I found this recipe at the following blogs:

Saffron Trail

I instantly fell in love with the mouth watering pictures of these laddoos on their blogs. I tried the recipe at Saffron Trail as she tells it takes 5 minutes only, and yes indeed it took only so much time when I prepared the laddoos. I also liked the tip given at 'Bhaatukli' by Tee, where she tells that 'the powder should not be too dry , else it will not hold shape'. Thanks Tee, it really helped.

Now let me share the recipe I used: I used butter instead of ghee as we don't use ghee in our house, but it didn't make a significant difference to us, as me and V enjoyed the delicate taste of melted butter and roasted Besan in the laddoo. You may use ghee as that's what the original recipe calls for in Saffron Trail's blog. I also added a little bit of Nutmeg powder to get an added flavor.


1 cup Besan
1 stick butter (1/2 cup butter, or 8 tablespoons butter)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon powdered cardamom
1/4 teaspoon powdered nutmeg


  1. Mix besan and butter (cut in cubes if there are straight from the fridge) in a microwaveable safe flat dish. If you have a dish where the food doesn't stick to the plate after microwaving , it would serve the purpose much better. For eg: I used my silicon baking pan (its freezer safe, and microwave safe too). It made the in between stirring easier.
  2. Microwave for 5 minutes , stirring the mixture a little after every minute. As suggested at Saffron Trail, you may increase your time to additional 2 minutes if your microwave power is low.
  3. At the end of 5 minutes, take the pan out of the microwave and wait until it cools down (it should be cool, not cold, so don't rush and keep it in the fridge ;) ]. It should take half hour to cool down.
  4. Add powdered sugar, cardamom and nutmeg to the mixture and stir well and then make round laddoos ( don't worry the first time if you don't get it right, it takes a little practice, that's all. my laddoos didn't turn out the perfect round when I initially tried it).
  5. I stored these laddoos in the fridge after there were formed for around 1 hour. This helps in setting the laddoo.
  6. Store laddoos in the fridge if you are serving them at a later time.
  7. Enjoy :)
Hope you too will like these when you make them !


Happy cook said...

ENjoy you new home, love the laddos and the last pic is so sweet.

Cham said...

Congrats if i have good memory is it near Laksmi temple? I like Ashland! Hope u re settled down.
I will be off on vacat from June!
That is a quick and delicious sweet!

Varsha Vipins said...

yayy..time for celebs with that sweet yummy ladoo..Congrats dear..:)

Uma said...

Good to you see you back Roopa! Congrats on your new home. besan laddoo looks so yummy!

Usha said...

Congrats on your new home ! The besan ladoos look awesome !

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Nice to hear that you have moved to a new house!!! It would be all fun there!!! Besan ka ladoo look great and a nice comeback recipe!!! made a besan ka peda this sounds great!!!

Kalyani said...

ladoo looks delicious & tempting ones ....... want to have right now ??? nice pictures ............

Priti said...

Congrats...gud to knw gal...wonderful way to celebrate..laddoos looks yum and cute pics

AnuSriram said...

Congrats! Perfect and delicious Ladoos...

Cynthia said...

Welcome back!

CHAITRA said...

Laddus looks quite temtping and pics looks fantastic!!Yummy way to prepare!!!
Drop in sometime

Francis Bell said...

WOW-Very cool site, I really enjoyed the pictures!!! Thanks for brightening my day-Francis

Pooji said...

Funny! I was looking for besan ladoo recipes and read somewhere that you can make them in micro...I googled and one of the pages was yours...and you mentioned in this post that you live in Ashland! me too! Thanks neighbor! I followed the recipe and it was great!! :o)

Roopa said...

Hi Pooji, thanks for dropping by and iam glad to know it came out well for you :), so u stay in Ashland too ?? thats a wonderful coincidence :)

Pooji said...

yes, I moved to Ashland one and half years ago after I married...well, actually we are on the border of Ashland and now I am paying more attention to cooking :o)

Roopa said...

oh thats nice to know, we were in framingham for few years before we moved to Ashland, we stay close to elliot street :) ...hehe glad to know I got ur attention :) Blogger doesnt allow me to view your email address if you provided one while posting the comment, else I would have emailed you instead :)

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