Thursday, 25 April 2013

Microwave Besan Laddoo - And why am not going to get any slimmer :(

Work is getting busier and busier these days, and this teasing sunshine is making me frustrated. Reason - Allthough the days are getting longer but since I am coming late from work, it’s so difficult for me to cook and click the same day. And I am not in favour of keeping the food till next day and then clicking pictures, so it really is annoying when  I see my week getting wasted off. Having said that, seems like these days I only cook good if I have to click. Well, that’s what hubby dearest says at least !  Do you also do the same, fellow bloggers ? Keeping everyone awaited at the dining table while you are busy in arranging props and thinking of better angles for shots ? :P


To add on to my misery, I have gained a pound since my last weight which was only a month back. AND supposedly I was on a diet. The thing is, I can never really be on diet.. every time I think of keeping myself on a strict controlled regime for next few days ( in fact hours, shhh !), it seems like everyone around me wants me to have my favorite stuff. Like the other day, I thought I would  keep it low since I had two bowls full of creamy Kheer on weekend, my colleague announced she has got engaged and we all went out and partied on Pizza and Garlic breads, and obviously two cans of coke. Well, who can digest Pizza without Coke ?? Nobody in my knowledge ..




So you see, the point is – things like this keep on happening with me and I keep on extending my self-control plans. Which is really bad for my wallet, considering the fact that I spend a fortune on gym every month. Sometimes, when the times are harder, I look at myself in the mirror and challenge myself for a total figure change. Like the ones we see in those “ before-after” ads. I sincerely believe, I would be on that cover page somebody beaming with the sense of achievement and glory. But that’s future, and at present I do nothing but eat – work – sleep.. and some Zumba/ Pilates/ yoga ( all sort of fancy moves ) in between.

In between these failed attempts, I do pick up some quick fixes like these Besan Laddoos for my "I should reward myself for a controlled diet whole day" days. These are really quick to make and is such a “no hassle” sweet, which am sure is adored by everyone who have had these even once. The only thing is – they are super high in fat and hence calories. So, people like me who fret about their weight a lot but do nothing to reduce it, will again fret after having it since I promise you can’t stop at just one.


What you need ?

  • 1 cup Gram flour
  • 3/4 cup Ghee - clarified butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder

How to make? 

  • Mix gram flour with ghee with the help of a spoon, and micro it on full power for a minute. Take it out and churn. Now repeat this process 7-8 times, till the raw smell of Gram flour vanishes away.
  • If you still can smell the raw odour, lower the power of the Microwave and repeat the same process 4-5 time more. It took me total of 14 cycles to get the desired consistency and to get it cooked properly. It depends on Microwave to microwave and the quality of ingredients too. 
  • Taking out the mixture after every minute is very important to avoid it burning away. I usually do this while I am doing some other work in Kitchen and aside follow this process. It’s not absolutely mandatory that after each minute you have to run towards the microwave, mix it and then keep it back again. You can give it a rest of a minute or two in between , that’s perfectly fine. After that, that’s why we are using microwave – to keep the process simple and convenient
  • Anyway, so after its done,. Add cardamom powder to  it and give a last go in Microwave for another minute. Take it out and let the temperature come down a bit, will take 5-7 minutes. It should be warm, but not hot or you won’t be able to use your hands for further mixing.  
  • Add sugar and grease your palms, then use your hands to mix it well, roll the mixture in the shapes of Laddoos and keep them in a plate. Can be stored in a jar for upto 2 weeks.


My notes:

  • The only difference I find in Laddoos made in microwave and the usual stove top method is that these ones are a bit harder when eaten at room temperature. But the solution to that is, just micro them for 20-25 seconds and they are fresh and soft again.
  • Another reason why these are harder is because we are using less amount of ghee, if you increase it to one cup am sure the balls will not be that dry
  • You can also add a pinch of Saffron along with cardamom powder and can decorate with cashew pieces
  • Sometimes I add ¼ cup of rava/sooji in this along with besan, for a course texture.
  • Never use plastic bowls/ containers to cook anything inside the Microwave. Be very careful of this, else it may result in bad taste, burning of food and even health hazards. The container should always be microwave safe. 

26 comments:

  1. Nupur un still wanna become slimmer !!!!!! U r already very slim dear

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    1. Thank you Sireesha, but since The day you saw me, I have already gained two pounds from that. I am in desp need to shell out some weight or all my clothes will be buried down the charity wall :(

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  2. I second to sireesha...u r already have a grt figure :)

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  3. nice yellow color of the laddoos. even though i don't use microwave much, i do wanna give a shot to making these quick laddoos. thanks for all your positive comments nupur.

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    1. Thanks Dassana.. yes these Laddoos are really quick and easy to make in comparison to the usual methods so I make them quite often

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  4. i love microwave versions,they are easy and taste as delicious ,have bookmarked .

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  5. Omg, Nupur are you joking, you want to become slimmer. Trust me, you dont any extra kgs to lose..Btw am love this quick,attractive and pretty irresistible laddoos.

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    1. Thanks Priya, but dont we all always think that :P

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  6. gorgeousness..n simply yummm

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  7. I love the way you write Nupur! Incredible looking laddoos!

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    2. Thanks MAdhavai.. just some " dil ke dikhde" :P

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  8. Ladoos are simply awesome. I too would microwave to prepare such sweets in future.
    Deepa

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  9. Ladoo looks great and perfect..bookmarked

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  10. I am so seriously with you on the whole "before-after" ads thing! I just keep dreaming about getting on that cover page and then come out of those with a serious craving for some nice (read full of calories) snack!:P
    The laddoos look tempting! :)

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    1. ha ha.. you are right Charul. we will do it together some day ;)

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  11. hehee nupur my besan laddos came out better in microwave then the traditional gas top chulha

    and they r super fast and yummy

    i have microwave besan ladoo on my space and anytime i feel like having a sweet i go for them

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  12. it looks so tempting..love the clicks

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  13. Lovely irresistible ladoos and Nice writeup..

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  14. Nupur your wanting to loose weight, makes me sigh....but on a happier note...what cute ladoos...love their home made look...:-)

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    1. Thanks Suchi !! I get the benefit of having good height which luckily hides all my flabs and love-whatever-handles :P

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  15. U look perfectly slim when I saw u in blogger's meet pics..Don't worry, u'll get over it soon, coming to the ladoos, they look osm n tempting..

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  16. i guess every lady, slim or plump, cant but lament on their weight... i've been very much on the overweight side all my life but weighing the heaviest now... even though i want to lose, the thought of not being able to eat what i love really makes me think twice - should i lose weight or should i eat well and be happy? :D the laddoos looks so tempting...

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  17. Absolutely mouthwatering ladoos. Looks fabulous dear.

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  18. loosing weight with such easy making ladoos is just impossible...tempting ones...

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  19. haha Nupur. I saw this recipe and said the same thing to myself :)

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