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Besan Laddoos


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


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.


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

Yields 12-15


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