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Besan Laddu

Besan laddu (the chickpea flour variety) is an easy to make Indian dessert! These balls are flavored with honey, orange, cardamom, and a touch of nutmeg.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 16
Calories: 139kcal
Author: Stefani


  • 4 ounces ghee about 1/2 cup
  • 2 cups besan flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • finely grated zest of one large orange
  • 1 tablespoon powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup honey


  • Melt ghee in a small saucepan on low heat.
  • Add the besan flour and mix well to make sure there are no lumps.
  • Roast until the flour looks smooth and more liquidy, mixing regularly to prevent burning - about 15 minutes.
  • Mix in the cardamom and nutmeg.
  • Roast for another three minutes until the color looks more golden.
  • Remove from the stove and mix in the orange zest, powdered milk, and honey.
  • As soon as it is cool enough for you to touch, roll the batter into small balls.


You can find besan flour at Indian grocers or you can buy it online.
Make sure to keep the heat on low so that the flour doesn't burn.
Laddus last for about two weeks at room temperature. Store in a tightly-sealed container.


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg