Sugar-free Besan Laddoo Recipe for a Healthy Makar Sankranti

Sugar-free Besan Laddoo Recipe for a Healthy Makar Sankranti

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Happy Sankranti everyone!
For many, Makar Sankranti is all about Til Gud Ke Laddoo. Forgive me though, for not posting about these laddoos. Instead, I will be sharing my homemade Besan Laddoo recipe. After all, any festivities are incomplete without sweets of one’s personal choice!
Besan laddoo is a traditional Indian sweet which is delicious, aromatic and melts in the mouth. As a child, these laddoos were a must-have on my list during this festival. And since it’s a time-consuming process, I would always get impatient to lay my hands on the completed dish.
Let’s have a quick look at this sugar-free Besan Laddoo recipe, which is extremely easy to prepare.
Preparation time: 40-45 min
Serving: 10 pieces
  • 1 cup besan
  • 3 teaspoons ghee 
  • Jaggery as per taste
  • Ground nutmeg (a pinch)
  • Saffron
  • Almonds or pistachios
  1. Take a pan, and add the ghee and besan. Keeping the heat low, gently toast the besan flour and stir continuously to avoid burning, and to break the lumps.
  2. After 10-12 minutes, the flour will start loosening up, and become light and fluffy. Continue roasting for another few minutes, until it turns light golden brown.
  3. The ghee will now start separating from the mixture, giving an aromatic flavour.
  4. Turn off the heat. Take out the flour into a bowl and allow it to cool. Add saffron, nutmeg, jaggery, and almonds/pistachios, when it is lukewarm, and mix gently.
  5. Apply ghee on your palms and start moulding this mix into small round balls.
  6. Roll the laddoos in pistachios or almond powder if you prefer.
  7. The besan laddoos are now ready to serve!
You can also store them in an airtight container for 8-10 days. For longer shelf life, you can refrigerate them, and heat them in the microwave for about 8-10 seconds before serving.
I usually garnish the laddoos with dehydrated rose petals. But, here’s how you can make edible rose petals at home.
  • Take a few rose petals and rinse them about 2-3 times.
  • Dry them using a cotton cloth. 
  • Dehydrate the petals in a microwave or oven, and if you prefer them sweetened, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.

I hope you have a great time preparing these besan laddoos, which will be an absolute hit, this Makar Sankranti!

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