Besan Ladoo with Pumpkin Spice & Other Diwali Sweets Recipes from the Archives

October 23, 2011 · 34 comments

in Cuisine : Indian, Festivals, Indian sweets


Happy Almost Diwali everyone! Hope everyone is busy making sweets and other treats for Diwali that is just a few days away. I spent yesterday making besan laddoos and kara sev and also of course, “taste testing” them. I hope to make some coconut burfis too before Diwali day and some gulab jamuns for Diwali dinner.

I was also feeling all holiday-ey with the fll colors, all the pumpkins and halloween stuff out there. I spied the little jar of pumpkin spice in my cupboard and wondered what it will taste like if I added some of it to the besan ladoo along with the cardamom. AJ was a little sceptical about the idea so I made most of the ladoos with just cardamom and a little batch with the pumpkin spice. Actually I like the pumpkin spice back a wee little better :) Try it out for yourself and let me know if you like it too!


And, so sorry about being MIA for sometime in terms of posts and also visiting your blogs, work has really gotten busy with a few other social commitments also getting added to the days. Hopefully after Diwali its gonna get better and I’ll definitely make it up to you guys. The post on my Europe trip is almost ready and i’ll be posting that soon!


Besan Ladoo / Besan Laddoo with Pumpkin Spice – The Recipe

  • 4 cups besan / chickpea flour / gram flour
  • 1 1/2 cups ghee + more as you feel is required
  • 2 1/2 cups baker’s sugar or super fine sugar
  • 1 tsp powdered cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice

Heat the ghee in a non stick pan till it melts. Add the besan to the ghee, mix well and cook, stirring continuously for 15-20 mins. If the besan forms lumps with the ghee, break them with the back of your spatula and keep stirring. Stir till the besan is fragrant.

Switch off the heat. Let it cool for a few mins, 10-12 mins. Mix in the cardamom and pumpkin spice. Add the sugar, mix it well with your hands. Shape into lime sized balls. If the mixture doesn’t hold well, add a little more ghee and shape into lime sized balls and keep aside. Decorate with a raisin pressed lightly on top, if you want.

Note: The traditional besan ladoo does not have pumpkin spice in it. Skip the pumpkin spice and follow the rest of the steps to make besan ladoo.


Here are some other sweets for you to make for Diwali.      

DSC_0034 Pineapple Halwa
IMG_2309 - Copy Rawa Ladoo
IMG_2316 Khoya Peda
IMG_0541 Carrot Halwa
DSC_0549 Semiya Payasam – Vermicelli Pudding
IMG_7527 Mysore Pak
DSC_0042 Mango Shrikhand

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sharmilee October 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Yummy laddoos!


2 Manju November 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Thanks Sharmilee!


3 Arch October 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Nice pics, these are my favourite ladoos…Have a wonderful Diwali !


4 Manju November 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Thanks Arch :)


5 Eva @ October 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Very nice photos. I am not a huge cardamon fan, but these look interesting.


6 Manju November 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

:) thanks Eva


7 Tadka Pasta October 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Happy Diwali! Wah wah, brilliant idea, putting pumpkin spice into those yummy-looking laddus. Lovely pictures. Enjoyed this post :)


8 Manju November 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Thanks TP :)


9 a spoonful of yumm October 25, 2011 at 5:39 am

ladoos look delish ! never tried pumpkin spice…looks interesting. happy diwali !!


10 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

:) thanks :)


11 Christy Gerald October 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

First time here in ur delicious space of fantastic recipes.Luv ur recipes.Following U.Dear Blogger Friend,Wish U a Warm and Happy Diwali.Enjoy the Festivities with taste-filled delights,Safe and Delicious Moments – Regards, Christy Gerald


12 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Thanks a lot Christy :) Hope to see you around more :)


13 Poornima October 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Laddoos look perfect, love the addition of the spice…great twist!!


14 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Thanks girl! :)


15 kankana October 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm

All the sweets are tempting me so much. I wish I was home at this time.


16 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

:) Thanks K!


17 Sarah Naveen October 27, 2011 at 10:58 am

mm..that sounds awesome..luks so yummy!!! nicely presented tooHappy Diwali


18 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Thanks Sarah! :)


19 aipi October 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm

That’s a marvelous fall twist on the classic ~ now you got me curious how it tastes like :)


20 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm

:) thanks..maybe you should make some and see ;)


21 Purabi Naha October 31, 2011 at 12:32 am

Yummy laddoos! I love these besan laddoos anytime!


22 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Thanks Purabi :)


23 meena venugopal October 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm

manju……loved ur recipes……..and the way u present it is superb


24 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm

:) thanks Meena chechi!! :)


25 Ashley - BakerbyNature November 3, 2011 at 8:55 am

I have been seeing recipes for Ladoo’s a lot lately, and this pumpkin spiced version is definitely peaking my interest in giving these a shot! Looks incredible :)


26 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

:) let me know if you do try making them..


27 jaisy November 4, 2011 at 2:39 am

wow nice ladoo different too belated diwali wishes to u


28 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

thanks jaisy!


29 Manju November 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Hey there,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying such encouraging words for me. Really appreciate it.
Like you said I do hope I make lot of friends here :)
Besan laddoo is my fav….n it’s also the 1st laddoo that I ever tried making n it came out well. N ur version with ump kin spice must b delicious.
Hope to see u again. I’ll b following ur posts frm now, lovely space u hv here.



30 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Thanks MAnju! :)


31 Anu@MyDreamCanvas November 9, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Hi Manju, thanks for stopping by MDC and the lovely comment. Take care Anu


32 Manju November 14, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Thanks Anu! That definitely was an accomplishment! :)


33 smitha November 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

hi Manju,
Good to see you :) This is my hubby’s fav. Ooh! I like the way you spiced it up with that pumpkin spice.


34 Anamika December 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Wow besan ladoo with pumpkin spice..a new one & looks great!!


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