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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Boondi Laddu | Boondi Ladoo

Boondi Laddoo
Boondi Laddoo is a very popular sweet prepared in our households in large batches for Diwali | Deepavali. It is prepared using Besan flour | Kadalai Maavu  and Sugar. My mom uses special ladle used for preparing boondi. I have tried with easily available perforated ladle. Small boondi are prepared by deep frying the besan batter in oil and the boondi is added to sugar syrup.Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing South Indian Diwali Sweet Boondi Laddu.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Yields: 12 Medium sized Laddu.
Boondi Laddu

Besan Flour | Kadalai Maavu1/2 Cup + 2 tbsp
Sugar1.5 Cups
Ghee1 tbsp
Cardamom powderPinch

  • Mix sieved besan flour and water to make a  thick batter of pouring consistency. There should not be any lumps in the batter. Use a whisk as shown below to easily prepare the batter without lumps.
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  • Take 3/4 cup of water in thick bottomed vessel. Add sugar and allow it to boil till sugar syrup reaches one string consistency. One string consistency means when the sugar syrup is hold between fore finger and thumb, a thin single string should form. Once the sugar syrup reaches one string consistency, remove from flame.
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  • Heat enough Oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed pan.Take 2 perforated ladles. Place one perforated ladle on top of oil and pour 1/4 Cup of batter on top of ladle.  boondi's will fall into oil. Fry the boondi's till the colour changes to golden colour. They don't have to be very crisp just allow the boondi's to cook. Remove the excessive batter from the perforated ladle using a dry cloth. This step ensures getting round boondi.

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  • Remove the boondi's from the oil  using second perforated ladle. Transfer the boondi directly into sugar syrup.
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  • Repeat the process for remaining batter. Once you reach the last batch, fry the boondi on both sides till it turns golden and crisp. Allow this crisp boondi to cool down and grind it into a coarse powder using a mixie | blender. Heat Ghee in a pan. Add cashews and fry. when cashews starts to turn golden colour, add raisins. Fry for 20 -30 secs till raisins become fluffy. Remove cashews and raisins from pan. 
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  •  Add fried cashews, raisins and cardamom powder to sugar syrup. Add  coarse boondi powder to the sugar syrup.Mix it with a spoon or ladle. When  it is lukewarm, shape into small balls of lemon size by holding it in hand as shown here.
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Boondi Laddu | Easy Deepavali sweet
Boondi Laddu | Easy Deepavali sweet

Video Tutorial for shaping Laddu:

  • Laddu can be stored for a week at room temperature.
  • Adding food colour to the besan flour is optional. I haven't personally tried it.
  • If the batter consistency is not correct. then you may get boondi's with tails. If you get boondi's with tail, add little water to make the batter watery.
  • If the boondi's are not in round shape, but flat in shape, then the batter is very watery. Add 1 or 2 tbsp of besan flour.
  • Deep fry boondi in medium flame till they are cooked. Only the last batch boondi used for making coarse powder should be crisp.
  • Transfer the boondi to sugar syrup when sugar syrup is warm.
  • Make the balls immediately, when you are able to hold the heat and it is lukewarm. don't allow it to cool down completely, you won't be able to shape the laddu.
  • My mom adds edible camphor along with cashews and raisins.


  1. Wonderfully done,who can resist to these cute laddoos..

  2. I am a gr8 ladoo fan, you made it so lovely and perfectly, it is mouthwatering and I want to have ladoo immediately love it love it...

  3. wow perfectly made boondi ladoos :) looks super yumm and irresistible !!

  4. Great fan of ladoo..looks really perfect and yum..love that lantern..

  5. Typical diwali sweet.Perfectly done Nithya

  6. You just blew me away with these, another fav of mine. Just simply delicious and also reminding me that soon it will Diwali.

  7. Perfectly made ladoo. Neatly explained.

  8. Perfectly made ladoo, looks very delicious and yummy.

  9. perfect and you have managed with small laddle, gr8 :-)

  10. Wow Yummy.Looks great and delicious


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