Prep: if using nuts, chop your favorite nuts. I use pistachios and almonds. Keep 1 tablespoon aside for garnish.
Take a microwave safe bowl and melt ghee, about 30-40 seconds. Add coarse Besan and salt and mix well. If you are using fine ground Besan, remove 1 tablespoon from the quantity and replace it with 1 tablespoon soozi (semolina). Mix everything till the Besan has absorbed all the ghee.
Microwave on the default setting for 3-5 minutes, depending on the temperature range of your microwave. During these 3-5 minutes, take the mix out every minute, (or every 30 seconds if you microwave is strong), and stir well.
It is done cooking when the mix changes to a medium golden color and the fragrance of Besan becomes strong. For me, it gets done anywhere between 4:30 - 4:45 mins. Add chopped nuts (optional) and let it cool for 20-30 minutes.
The mix should be cool to the touch. Add confectioners sugar and cardamom powder and mix till the sugar is incorporated well. Check if the mix can bind well by pressing between your fingers. If it feels too crumbly, add a tablespoon or so of dry milk powder to bind it.
To make ladoos, take a small portion of the mix in the palm of your hand (you can use a cookie spoon for this). Press and roll between your palm by moving your hand in a circular motion. This helps shape it like a ball. This is the part where watching the video will be helpful. I have demonstrated two techniques of rolling the ladoos, so choose whichever one is most convenient. Once the ladoo is formed, top it with the reserved chopped nuts and plate it.
Tips for best Besan Ladoo:
For best results, use coarse besan, also known as 'Ladoo Besan'. If you only have fine besan , take out 1 tbsp and substitute with 1 tbsp semolina (soozi).
Always start with a good quality ghee for this recipe. I make ghee at home using this recipe.
Microwave Roasting tip: After the 3 min mark, keep an eye on Besan. Do increments of 30 seconds or 45 seconds if you feel it's getting done too soon. Stir it well each time. For me, this quantity gets done anywhere between 4:30 - 4:45 mins.
If making a larger quantity, use a wider bowl to maximize surface area.
To ensure that besan is roasted well, I use two signs to confirm. First, the color darkens to medium golden brown. And second, you can start smelling a sweet aroma in the whole house.
Consistency Tip: If it feels too crumbly, add a tablespoon or so of ghee and mix well to bind it. Or, if it looks too wet, add 1- tablespoons of dry milk powder.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.