Wish you all a very Happy Diwali! On this auspicious occasion of Deepavali /Diwali , I am so happy to post the recipe of the traditional and all time favourite sweet" Boondi Laddoos". They are not only attractive to look but also delicious. YUM !
Though many feel that it is difficult to make laddoos at home, with a few important tips and tricks you can confidently make them at home and brighten up your festival.
Laddoos make great return gifts for marriages , poojas and other important functions. I am so fortunate to learn this recipe from my friend, Mrs.Jyothirmayi, who has so much of experience in making laddoos in large quantities for various functions in our community.
She was so generous ( such a sweet person, just like the laddoos) to share tips and tricks to make pearl like boondis. I have tried my level best to present to you Jyothi's recipe to make perfect and tasty Boondi Laddoos!!!
BOONDI LADDOOS :
Preparation time :15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Yield: 75 laddoos
1 Cup = 250 ml
NOTE : Use the same cup for measuring sugar and gramflour.
Special Vessel : Large Wok/Karahi , Ladle with perforation / Laddoo Ladle
For the Gram Flour Pearls:
7 Cups Gram Flour/ Besan ( get the good brand gramflour which has little grainy texture)
A pinch of Baking Soda
Oil for frying
1/4 Cup roughly crushed cashewnuts
1/4 Cup kismish/black currants
1 teaspoon freshly powdered Cardamom
Water ( Adjust)
For the Sugar Syrup:
7 Cups Sugar
Water to just cover the sugar
10 saffron strands, crushed in mortar and pestle
Few drops of food colour ( I used yellow colour)
1. Make a sugar syrup with 'one string consistency'. You can add your colour and saffron strands and mix well.
TIP: Keep a small bowl of water , keep checking for the 'one string consistency' by adding a drop of the syrup in the water. If it does'nt mix with water, your syrup is ready.
2.In a large vessel, add the gramflour/besan and soda. Sift so that there are no lumps. Add water little by little and make a pan cake like batter.
You need to aim for gramflour 'pearls'.
4. The boondi will rise up like this.
5. Remove them from oil .
TIP: Do not fry the boondis crisp. They need to be cooked at the same time be soft. Just press a boondi and check whether it is cooked inside.
6. Soak them in the hot sugar syrup .
7. Repeat this process, till you complete the entire batch. Heat ghee in a pan and roast the cashews and grapes. Add it to the sugar syrup.
8. With a heavy ladle, gently crush and mix the boondis so that they are all well coated in sugar.
TIP: Do the 'Crush, Stir and mix ' motion . You need to mix them well. You can heat the mixture a little if the sugar syrup has become cold.
9. The boondis will be sticky and with greased hands you can shape them easily with gentle pressure.
TIP: Make sure that every ladoo has atleast one or two dryfruits.
Boondi Laddoos are now ready for prashad or for gifting.
Aren't they tempting? Do give it a try this festive season.
Wishing you a Joyous Festival and Happy Cooking!