If you have known me even for t-e-n nanoseconds you would know that when there is a microwaveable-done in twenty minutes- besan laddoo versus stove top-arm twisting- back aching-one whole hour-besan laddoo, I will choose the former. If you are the kind who will go for the latter, more power to you and a Happy Diwali in the kitchen. Others, please read on.
I could have cited reasons as this, this and this for my choices but no, the bottom line simply is that I am a very phankibaaj kind and love food especially sweets that can be done short and simple. That is SWEET to me. If the sweet is not going to help me tide over a dinner, a lunch or even a breakfast why should I spend a big chunk of my life making it is my basic principle of life.
No wonder Bhapa Doi, Kalakand and Rosgollar Paayesh holler out to me and get done in less than half hour. Except of course Paayesh which I stir and stir and then stir some more for over an hour because that is what Mother told me to. Thank God she didn't profess other such time consuming wisdom and left me on my own regarding besan laddoos.
When I had first seen these ravishing plump very 70-ish beauties at Red Chilies(who in turn had found it at Bhaatukli), I wanted to do it right then because me & besan laddoos are insanely in love with each other. But I checked myself. That amount of Ghee deserves a special occasion and what better than one dressed up in lights and crackling with sparklers. So Besan Laddoos it is for Diwali. I did a small test run yesterday and those laddoos blew us away. It is worth all that Ghee and more. The fact that it takes under 20 minutes and one microwave safe dish to wash is a gift that no Dhantaras can ever bring.
Original Recipe Source: Red Chilie's Besan Laddoo and Bhaatukli's Besan Laddoo
Besan Laddoo in Microwave
I halved Supriya's recipe and so I used 1/2 cup Besan, 1/2 Cup sugar and 3 tbsp of Ghee to make about 6 laddoos.
In a microwave safe bowl or dish mix
1/2 cup of Besan with
2 tbsp of melted ghee
Make sure that all of the besan is coated in ghee.
Microwave for 2 minutes. beep Beep.
Take out. Careful, it will be hot. Add 1 tbsp of melted ghee and stir mixing it together.
Microwave for 2 minutes. Beep, Beep.
Take it out and by now you will get the nice aroma of besan roasting. The besan will also have turned a deeper shade. Stir gain.
Back in the microwave. This time anywhere between 1 minute to 2 minutes. I did 2. The Besan will have turned a rich nut brown shade and the aroma will make sure that is is cooked through. If you feel besan is raw, add a little more ghee and microwave for one more minute.Besan should not be raw or overcooked.
Now let it cool slightly.
When it is still warm to touch but can be handled
add 1/2 cup of fine sugar
and 1/4 tsp of Cardamom Powder.
Mix thoroughly with a spatula or with your fingers. As you do this you will feel the mix binding as the sugar melts and mixes with the besan. Do this for about 5 minutes. Supriya says to add more melted ghee , at this point if the mixture is not coming together. But mine did and yours will too.
Now fashion small balls and decorate with raisins, varak or anything that catches your fancy.
I think these Besan Laddoos, sweet and decadent as they are and which I found over ether at a blog which in turn was shared by another blog carries forward the true spirit of Diwali, of giving and sharing and of acceptance that all things good need their Ghee and sugar.
Have a Happy Deepavali.