Friday 25 October 2013

Bhoondi Ladoo/Boondhi Ladoo – Diwali Special

Bhoondi ladoo is a very popular and traditional sweet prepared for festivals, special occasions, weddings etc. Ladoos are offered as neivedhyam for poojas in temples and given as prasad to everyone. Ladoo comes from the Sanskrit word “ladduka” meaning a small ball. Bhoondi ladoo is made with besan flour and sugar syrup along with nuts and raisins.

Here’s how to make Bhoondi Ladoo with step by step photos….


For Bhoondi

Besan Flour/Kadalai Maavu
1 ¼ cup
As needed
For frying bhoondhis

For Sugar Syrup

1 ½ cup
½ cup
Cardamom/Elaichi powder
¼ tsp
Cashew nuts
5 [chopped]
Preparation time: 10 minutes      
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Makes: 25 ladoos 

To make Sugar Syrup

Heat sugar and water in a heavy bottomed vessel, keep stirring until you get one string consistency. To check the sting consistency, take a drop of sugar syrup between index finger and thumb a single string will form. Now switch off the stove.

To make Bhoondis

Sift the besan flour to get rid of any lumps. Slowly add water and make batter, it should not be too thick or too thin.

Meanwhile heat one tsp of oil in a pan, fry the cashew nuts until they are golden brown and wait for the raisins to puff up. Now switch off the stove and transfer them to a plate for later.

Heat oil in a kadai for frying the boondhis.  Add few drops of batter to check the consistency, if it drops in to perfect balls then the consistency of the batter is perfect.

Use the big sarani karandi [ladle with holes] to make boondhis. You will need two slotted ladles, one to pour batter over and another to scoop out the cooked ones. With another deep ladle pour the batter on the sarani karandi [ladle with holes], by holding it just above the oil and spread it.

As soon as the “Shh” sound stops use another slotted ladle, drain it and directly drop it into the sugar syrup.

Before starting the next batch of boondhi, wipe off the batter from the slotted ladle [sarani karandi] and then continue to make boondhis.

After making each batch of boondhis, add them to the sugar syrup.

Add the last batch of the boondhi to the mixer and grind it once. Now add the ground boondhi to the sugar syrup.

Add the cloves, cashew nuts, raisins, elachi powder to the boondhi mixture. When the mixture is still warm, start making ladoos.

Delicious, authentic and traditional Boondhi Ladoo is ready.

  • When making the batter, be very careful in adding the water.
  • When checking the consistency of the batter, if the drops of batter forms balls with a tail, then add little more water. If by mistake the water becomes watery, then add 1 tbsp of besan flour.
  • I have not used food color, if you want you can add the food colour when making the bhoondi batter.
  • Make the ladoos when the sugar syrup mixture is warm and let it cool down completely, otherwise it will be hard to make ladoos.
  • When grinding the last batch of boondhis it should be coarse and not fine.
  • I made small lemon sized ladoos, you can make bigger size ladoos according to your wish.
  • You can store ladoos for about a week in airtight container. Do not use wet hands to get the ladoos otherwise they will get spoiled.

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  1. I am making this next week, lets how it will come out, looks yummy.

  2. U actually made them, Omg...
    It looks so difficult..

  3. hmm lovely ladoo.It reminds me of my mom making ladoo for diwali.Want to have some of yours .

  4. wow...perfectly made... I am making it tomaro...

  5. Yummy authentic Tamil sweet,love this Priya

  6. as all my ladoos are over ur pic make me carve for it,yummy

  7. ஆஹா, பூந்தி லாடா? அருமை அருமை ... இனிமை இனிமை .... பாராட்டுக்கள், வாழ்த்துகள்.

    ஒரு டஜன் லாடுகளை எடுத்துக்கொண்டு உடனே ஸ்ரீஸ்ரீஸ்ரீ மஹாபெரியவரை தரிஸிக்க வாங்கோ.

    கீழ்க்கண்ட பதிவுகளுக்கு உங்களின் கருத்துக்களைக் காணோம் என என் கிளி கோபமாக உள்ளது. அதற்கும் கொஞ்சம் பூந்தி லாடு தனியாக எடுத்துக்கொண்டு வாங்கோ: பகுதி-61/2 பகுதி-64 பகுதி-67 பகுதி-68 பகுதி-69

    + இன்று மதியம் வெளியிடப்போகும் பகுதி-70

    அன்புடன் VGK

  8. hats off to you for making the boondi laddoo... i dont know when i will dare to try them.. they have come out well...:)
    happy diwali in advance..

  9. Drooling here! Love the way you explained with clear pictures and suggestions..!

  10. Like said before, I have a strong attachment for Indian sweet. Its simply divine yet I can only half about half of the ball.

  11. ohhh wow... home-made boondi laddu... love them :)

  12. Beautiful and tempting laddoos.. Well made Priya :-)

  13. Super attractive boondi laddoos, never get bore of them..

  14. my fav sweet..looks yummy and authentic...

  15. Yummy ladoo. Thanks thanks again for linking this to Gayathri's Wtml Event.

  16. Laddoos look so perfectly done dear

  17. Cute tempting laddu.. Well made dear..

  18. They are looking beautiful. Im gonna start my diwali preparations next week, have this in mind lets see how it will turn

  19. Boondhi ladoo looks delicious my favorite.

  20. Yummy and tasty Thanks for sharing :)
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  21. wonderful ladoos..very temtpting!!

  22. wow chota bheem laddu.. u have done t so well dear :)

  23. wow favorite recipe .....looks yummy ....

  24. Looks delicious and yummy..

  25. Ladoos are simply perfect ! Can you ship me some Priya,they look real tempting :)

  26. iam dying for cute luking laddus dear..

  27. Ladoo ladooo super words sister

  28. Thank you all friends for your beautiful and sweet comments...

  29. Beautiful narration with photos of preparing process of Boondhi Laddu. In Andhra people like this Boondhi Laddu very much and on many occasions people love Boondhi. Thanks for sharing.

    You have a beautiful recipes blog which contain many recipes of several parts of India. A great effort and best wishes for your future receipes.

    Happy diwali to you, to your family members and friends.

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  30. Hai gng 2 mak ladoo tday...hav 1 need 2 fry cloves ah?pls clarify me.....

    1. Hi sudha,
      u need not fry the cloves, just add it as such. have a gr8 day.


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