Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Boondi Ladoo / Laddu

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Yields: 25

Besan / Gram flour / Chickpea flour - 1 1/2 cups
Rice flour - 1 tbsp
Baking soda - a pinch
Sugar - 3 cups
Cashews - 10, broken into halves
Raisins - 20
Cloves - 5, slightly crushed
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Nutmeg - 1/2 tsp
Saffron - few strands
Ghee - 2 tsp
Oil - for deep frying
Boondi ladle or big slotted spoon - for making boondi

  1. Heat ghee in a small skillet and fry the cashew and raisins until golden brown.  Add the crushed cloves.  Keep aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift besan / gram flour, rice flour and baking soda.  Add water and mix using a whisk into a smooth and thick paste.  Add more water and mix until it forms a flowing thin batter.
  3. Heat oil in a pan.  To check the batter consistency, drop a little batter using a back of the spoon into the oil.  If it forms a round shape your are good.  If it forms like a tail, you need to make the batter little thinner.
  4. Hold the slotted ladle right above the oil, near the edge of the skillet.  Pour some batter on the ladle. The batter will start to flow down.  You can use a spoon to spread the batter.  If you hold the ladle too close to the oil, you will get tail shape.
  5. Cook the boondi while constantly turning.  Once the bubbles cease drain on paper towel.  The boondi has to be soft to touch.  
  6. Wipe the slotted spoon after each use and repeat the process.
  7. For the sugar syrup:  In a skillet, place the sugar and add enough water to cover the sugar.
  8. Boil until one string consistency.  To check this, place a spoon in the syrup and lift it.  Wait for couple for seconds and touch with your index finger.  Press your thumb and index finger together and pull it back.  If the syrup forms a single thread then its ready.  If using candy thermometer it should read 220 to 222 degree F.  
  9. Once this stage reached, turn off the stove.  Add the saffron, cardamom powder, fried boondi, cashews and raisins to the syrup.  Mix well to coat.  Let it sit for 10 minutes to cool.  
  10. While the boodi is still warm, take a handful of mixture and press to form a lemon size balls.
  11. Cool completely and store in a airtight container.

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