Boondi Ladoo

35 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes | Servings: 24 laddoos

Ingredients

For Boondi Batter

2 cups gram flour, sieved / बेसन

½ tsp yellow food color powder / पीला खाने का रंग

Ghee for deep-frying / घी

For Sugar Syrup

500 gms sugar / चीनी

500 ml water / पानी

2-3 green cardamom pods, crushed / इलाइची

2 black peppercorns / काली मिर्च

A pinch of saffron / केसर

½ tsp lemon juice / निम्बू का रस

 Other Ingredients

½ cup castor sugar / कास्टर शकर

Silver varq, for garnish / सिल्वर वर्क

Process

For Boondi

  • To prepare boondi, add gram flour and yellow food color to a bowl, mix well.
  • Add some water and prepare a thick lump-free batter.
  • Using a perforated spoon drop in small rounds of batter into the hot ghee, deep-fry till they turn golden.
  • Remove and transfer to the prepared sugar syrup.

For Sugar Syrup

  • Add an equal amount of sugar and water in a deep-bottomed heavy pan.
  • Allow the sugar to melt completely, add in crushed green cardamom pods, black peppercorns and saffron.
  • Allow to cook until it begins to thicken to a 1 string consistency.
  • Add lemon juice to clean any dirt in the sugar, if the scum comes up then remove it using a perforated spoon.
  • Remove from flame and set aside to cool to room temperature.

For Ladoo

  • Remove the soaked boondi from the sugar syrup into a thali.
  • Mash the boondi a little with your palms, add some castor sugar, mix well.
  • Start shaping into ladoos.
  • Once prepared, garnish with silver varq and serve.
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