Crumbly, nutty, and loaded with homemade ghee - just how I love my Besan Ladoos which are inspired by Halwai or Mithaiwalas. Elevate your festivities and celebrations with the most melt-in-mouth Besan ke Laddu which only needs a few easy ingredients.

Image of tray of besan ladoos


What are Besan Ladoos

Besan Ladoos are delicious Indian sweets made from besan (gram/chickpea flour), ghee (clarified butter), sugar and nuts such as almonds and pistachios. They are then shaped into balls. These ladoos have a distinct texture in that they are grainy (danedar) but extremely melt-in-the-mouth.

They are not overly sweet unlike many Indian sweets and have an earthy and nutty taste.

The perfect Besan Ladoos will not stick in your mouth or throat. They should not have a very shiny finish - this is the incorrect texture for besan ladoos.

I do not like to garnish the besan ladoos with anything and prefer to keep them plain.

image of tray of besan ladoos

Halwai Besan Ladoos

Halwai or Mithaiwala is the name given to people in India who make confectionary and sweets. Sweets made at home and sweets found in Mithai shops (Indian sweet shops) always seem to taste different. I can't put my finger on what it specifically is - maybe the cooking process, ingredients used but they just do.

My Mum has been making besan ladoos for the family since I was little and they are one of our favourite types of ladoos. Once, when I was young, my parents bought us Besan Ladoos from a mithai shop in London. I loved the taste of them so much that I still remember them vividly to this day. They were really crumbly and loaded with big pieces of nuts.

Halwais put a little yellow colouring into their ladoos to get that perfect golden look. At home, we don't add it.

Ganesh Chathurthi | Ganpati 

These ladoos are often prepared for Ganesh Chathurthi, a Hindu festival. Ganesh Chathurthi is the birthday of Lord Ganesh, a Hindu God. Ganesh is said to love eating ladoos and that is why they are lovingly made on this day.

Ladoos are also traditionally given as gifts, especially in North India. When a person or family receives some good news, they will send out ladoos to their close ones in happiness.

Along with sweets like Kesar Gulab Jamun and Best Semolina Gujaiya, Besan Ladoos are also made on Diwali - the festival of light. The gorgeous colour of these ladoos makes them perfect for this day. Cover the ladoos in silver or gold edible foil tin for festive cheers.

Of course, you don't need an excuse to make ladoos, so often, these will be made in Indian homes in the winter months as a sweet treat.

I love how Indian mithais are works of art and are so colourful. Almost decorated like a bride! The smell and aroma that comes from making homemade ladoos is hard to beat and decorating them is so much fun. The best part undoubtedly is eating them!

We love making Gujarati style Churma LadoosCoconut LadooMango Badam Coconut Ladoo, 

These ladoos are:

✓Gluten-free (by skipping the plain flour)

✓High in protein - from the gram flour and nuts

✓Beautiful golden colour

✓Perfect for festivals

✓Not sticky

✓Not too sweet

Tips for the Best Besan Ladoo

  • Raw besan has a bitter taste so to get the perfect flavour, you must take your time roasting the flour. 
  • Keep roasting until the besan becomes aromatic - that is the indication that it is ready to use
  • The flour can very easily burn and go brown so you have to stir continuously. 
  • Add the sugar at the end so it doesn't melt and release extra moisture. 
  • We have powdered the sugar as granulated sugar will release moisture and loosen the mixture.
  • Don't forget to sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water, this procedure makes ladoo grainy or danedar just like halwai style. 
  • If your ladoos are not binding then:
  • You may have either too much or too little ghee. 
  • If you have too much ghee then dry roast more fine gram flour separately and add to the mixture and shape
  • If there is too little ghee, then add more a bit at a time. You'll need extra ghee if it is shop-bought. 
  • The most commonly used nuts are almonds and pistachios. You can also add brazil nuts, cashews or other nuts to your preference. I like to keep the nut pieces quite large for more texture. 

Can I make Coarse Gram Flour at home

Good news is that yes, coarse gram flour can be made easily at home.

1. Take 1 cup chana daal and wash it under running clean water.

2. Pat dry with the clean tea towel.

3. Dry roast on low heat until all the moisture dries up and lentils are roasted, but not changed colour.

4. Let it cool completely, then grind it using a coffee grinder.

5. Don't go for fine flour but just coarsely, then sieve it so very big pieces you can remove it.

How to get powdered sugar at home

Take white granulated sugar and blend in a high-speed blender. Spice or coffee grinders work really well.

For the recipe, use the same weight of granulated to powdered sugar.


Store in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature.

These ladoo stays fresh for more than 2-3 weeks.

Do not store in the refrigerator or freezer.

🍬Ingredients and Substitutes 

1. Besan - For the crumbly Punjabi or North Indian style Ladoo, use coarse gram flour, known as Besan Ka Mota Aata or Ladoo Besan here in the UK. If not available, you can use fine or normal besan and add fine semolina for the similar texture of coarse gram flour.

2. Ghee - The backbone of this recipe, all the flavours and textures depends on this ingredient. If possible use homemade desi ghee. Of course, you can use shopbought ghee too if pressing for time. Vegans use vegan butter and coconut oil.

3. Plain flour - Secret ingredient used by halwais and mithaiwalas. All-purpose flour makes ladoos crumbly and reduces the slight bitterness and stickiness of the besan.

4. Oil - Vegetable oil is added so that when you are cooling the mixture, the ghee does not completely solidify the mixture but keeps it loose to work with. (another secret ingredient used by halwai)

5. Sugar - For particular this recipe you'll need powder sugar NOT ICING SUGAR as we are adding in the last stage once the roasted flour is totally cooled down.  You may use caster sugar or boora or tagar. Vegans use vegan sugar or maple or agave syrup works well too.

6. Nuts - I love my besan ladoo full of nuts and love to use almonds, cashews, pistachio and brazil nuts. We did not roast or fried nuts, just ground it in the grinder.

7. Green Cardamom - for flavours and for help to digest these rich ladoos, do not miss adding these. We crushed it with nuts.

📝How to make the best Besan Ladoo

Following these steps combined with the tips above should get you perfect Besan Ladoos.

First - Heat ghee in a kadai or pan and add oil. (pic 1)

Second - Keep heat low and add coarsely ground besan or gram flour, and mix well. (pic 2)

Third - Now add plain flour (maida) and mix everything using a spatula. (pic 3)

Fourth - keep roasting on low flame for 30-40 minutes or until lightly changed colour and aroma starts wafting.  (pic 4)

Fifth - very important step, sprinkle a tablespoon of water in the mixture to get crumbly and grainy ladoos. Turn off the heat after a minute or so but keep stirring the mixture for another 5 minutes. (pic 5)

Sixth - add crushed nuts, mix and leave it to cool completely.

step by step method images for making besan ladoo

Seventh - Once the mixture is cooled down totally, add powdered sugar, boora or agar. (pic 7)

Eighth - Mix well and leave it aside for another 10-20 minutes. (pic 8)

Ninth - Take a small amount of mixture in your hands, press it in your palm and roll round ladoos, besan ladoo doesn't have to be in perfect round shapes. (pic 9) At this stage ladoos will be little shiny as the heat of your palm will melt the ghee. (pic 9)

Tenth - Tasty ladoos are ready to store and devour. (pic 10)

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🖶 Recipe Card

Besan Ladoo, Besan Ke Ladoo, Halwai style Besan ladoo
Desserts, snacks
North Indian, Punjabi
Besan Ladoo Halwai Style | Besan Ke Ladoo | Besan Ladoo Recipe | Besan Ladoo Banane Ki Vidhi nutty, crumbly and melt in the mouth halwai style besan ke ladoo can be made at home with ease.
Yield: 18-20 SMALL LADOO


These Punjabi halwai and mithaiwala style besan ladoo are so hard to resist when they are nutty, crumbly and loaded with ghee. Just melts in your mouth!!
Prep time: Cook time: 1 H & 40 MTotal time: 1 H & 40 M


  • 170g Coarse gram flour (besan ka mota aata or ladoo flour)
  • 80g Plain flour - maida
  • 140g Ghee
  • 15ml Oil - flavourless oil 
  • 200-225g  powder sugar
  • 100g Crushed nuts and cardamom powder
  • Heavy base kadai or pan
  • Spatula
  • Grinder


  1. Add ghee in a pan, once started melting add oil.
  2. Mix.
  3. Add gram flour and plain flour.
  4. Keep the heat low and roast the flour, keep stirring all the time.
  5. You'll see flour turning into a slightly darker colour and roasting aroma will starts after 10-12 minutes of roasting the flour.
  6. Keep roasting the flour, you'll be able to see ghee bubbling up and the wafting aroma will get stronger and stronger.
  7. Halfway through roasting the flour sprinkle 1 tsp, water.
  8. After 35-40 minutes the flour will be much darker in colour and the bubbles will disappear from the pan.
  9. Turn off the heat, but keep stirring the flour so it doesn't burn or stick on the base of the pan or kadai.
  10. Let the posted mixture cool completely at the room temperature.
  11. Once the flour is cooled or touchable add powder sugar and mix well.
  12. Add crushed nuts and mix well, the mixture should go to drier but still, you should be able to shape the ladoo.
  13. Take little amount of mixture into your palm and roll into small balls.
  14. Perfect and scrumptious besan ladoos are ready.


You may adjust the quantity of the nuts.
In India, powder sugar is known as boora or buru khand or agar.
If coarse flour is not available use normal chickpea flour and fine semolina.
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  1. looks absolutely delicious n very inviting!! Lovely pics!!

  2. Delicious ladoos. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

  3. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family Jagruti. Ladoos looks awesome, must be very delicious as you presented those to Ganapati Bappa...

  4. lovely pictures! looks really good!

  5. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi ! Lovely pics..The besan laddu looks soo perfect:-)

  6. Happy vinayagar chathurthi wishes to you too..Prefect looking cute ladoos.

  7. These look delicious and very pretty clicks too.

  8. Made so perfect and cute ladoos.... thanks for linking it up...

    Ongoing event - Let's Party - Prasadam Special

  9. Love that glossy, soft and yum ladoo's....

  10. Thanks mam for linking this yummy dish to MY FIRST EVENT AND GIVEAWAY-SHOW ME YOUR DESSERT.

  11. Halwai style besan ke ladoo looks fabulous and have come out perfect. Loved the colour & texture too. Your detailed post about making this is a great help for the beginners.
    Lovely clicks.

    1. Thank you Lata for stopping by. Glad you like this recipe and post.

  12. Besan ladoo are my all time favorite and when it is made in halwai style, their taste is mesmerising. Absolutely delicious post I must say. 😋

  13. I've often tasted half raw besan ladoo which is sometimes given out as prasadam and it doesn't taste good at all as most people don't allow the besan to roast properly. Like you step by step recipe of making perfect besan ladoos and with lots of tips too.

    1. Thank you Mayuri, glad you liked this post and our recipe.

  14. Hi Hayley, I always thought your name is Jagruti but just realised that it's your mother's name :). These ladoos look so tempting. Besan ke ladoo is one of my favorite Indian desserts. The step by step photos and video are very helpful to understand the exact process.

    1. Thank you Vandana, hahaha glad now that mystery is solved :) Happy that you liked our post and recipe.

  15. Beasn Ladoo Looks so yummy! I make this with only almond milk and sugar. Perfect festive sweet!

  16. The besan ladoo looks so scrumptious and gorgeous. I love the fact that it doesn't stick to your mouth.

  17. I have always loved besan ladoo and it is one of my favourite sweets. Making it at home is so threaputic, the whole house filled with aromatic roasted besan smell is just divine. Beautiful pictures.

    1. Thank you Sapana! Yes the roasting aroma of besan is just amazing.

  18. Besan ladoo are my all time favourite..These ladoos look super tempting. Your detailed post is a great help for the beginners....Feels like the festive season has already begun!!

  19. Wow, the ladoos look divine! so well explained with detailed pictures.! Can imagine the mesmerizing aroma, while roasting the flour in ghee! Stunning ladoos!

  20. How beautiful are these ladoos. You really caputered it right at the begining, mitaiwala style. I like the idea of the mota besan in them. Except for the yellow colour, we do the same too.

  21. It is a skill to master to make the perfect besan ladoo. One of the easiest recipe with minimal ingredients but when not made properly ruins the whole taste. Love your pictorials and detailed recipe. I am already enjoying the aroma of the ladoo here :)

  22. This is one of the essential sweets in south india during diwali and any function. We love it and these are well made.

  23. Besan ladoo are one of our all time favorite ladoo ! Yours look super tempting and the detailed post in step by step clicks is a great help for the beginners :)


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