It’s Diwali and it’s the time of the year when sweets and nuts seem to be everywhere. These past few days have been most enjoyable. We’ve been meeting several friends over dinner and with the weather turning cooler more such meetings will follow. I don’t make sweets often as there are no takers in my house but because of Diwali I made these besan laddoos and they turned out all right. If any guest turns up I’ll have something home-made to serve.
2 cups besan (chick pea flour)
1/2 cup sugar
2 cardamom pods
About 1/2 cup ghee
About a dozen sliced pistachios
Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods and add to the sugar. Grind till it’s fine in texture.
Heat a heavy-bottomed pan and add the besan.
Keep stirring till the raw smell goes off. This will take about 15-18 minutes. The flame should be medium or else the flour will burn.
Take it off the heat and let it cool down for a few minutes.
Add the ghee and the sugar/cardamom mix.
Add the sliced pistachios. Mix with a spoon.
As soon as the mixture can be handled, take some and shape it into a walnut-sized ball.
Repeat with the rest till all the mixture is used up.
If you like, scatter more chopped pistachios on top.