Besan Laddoos

Ingredients

  • ½ cup split Bengal gram (chana dal)
  • 3-4 green cardamom pods
  • ½ cup grated fresh coconut
  • ¼ cup pitted soft dark dates
  • 10-12 almonds, chopped

Method

In a heavy bottomed pan, roast the split Bengal gram and cardamom together on medium heat, until it turns a lovely golden colour. Cool and grind coarsely. Add grated coconut and mix well. Transfer to a bowl, add dates a few at a time and knead into the Bengal gram mixture. Keep doing this until the mixture comes together to form a dough. Adjust the sweetness by adding more dates if required. Add almonds, divide the mixture into equal portions (about 12-15) and shape each portion into a laddoo.

Variation

Substitute chana dal with red rice, whole ragi, whole amaranth, green moong dal, nuts, etc.

Yields 12 – 15