There are many holidays in the Indian culture. Like American holidays, Indian holidays are filled with festive treats. Why not add some spiced sweets to your holidays in America this year?
Besan Laddus (meaning small ball of chickpea flour) are bite-sized, naturally gluten-free sweet morsels that melt in your mouth.
The combination of chickpea flour, butter and sugar remind me of peanut butter cookies. The nutty, roasted flavor of the protein food, chickpeas, does that. So if you have a peanut-allergy, this is a similar alternative.
Note: Try butter alternative or coconut oil for vegan option.
I do not claim these to be ‘healthy’ due to the sugar. I have not worked on an alternative yet, though I am sure it can be done. I made these small so less sugar is consumed at a time.
Besan Laddu (Chickpea Dessert Balls)
1/4 cup ghee or melted butter (melt 1/2 stick of unsalted butter and make ghee easily!)
3/4 cups besan (chickpea or gram flour)
1/2 cup sugar (use raw, natural. avoid using white, bleached sugar)
1/2 tsp chinese five spice (traditionally, use cardamom powder. five spice or cinnamon is a good substitute)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1) Melt ghee in a skillet.
2) Add the besan (chickpea flour) and stir continuously to cook the flour. The flour will start to brown. Be sure to cook the flour for at least 10 minutes otherwise your sweets will have a bean-y aftertaste.
3) Take the skillet off the fire and let it cool down for at least 3 minutes.
4) Add the spice & sugar and stir all together. It will clump easily to be turned into small dough balls.
5) Prepare a bowl of coconut flakes to roll the balls in.
6) Putting a little oil on the hands help roll the balls without sticking. Make balls and roll them in the coconut flakes while still warm.
Makes 21 small besan laddus.