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

October 23, 2011 · 34 comments

in Cardamom,Chickpeas,Cuisine : Indian,Festivals,Ghee,Indian sweets,Pumpkin Spice


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

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