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Boondi Laddu

- recipe by Raji Ramakrishnan submitted on 09-17-2012

When you read the recipe, will feel that it is very complicated.  But actually when you start making it, you will love making this stuff.  Why are you waiting?  Make  and enjoy the lovely boondi laddus.

I am not giving the health benefits of it here as I love this stuff. So I do not want to disappoint the ones who cannot eat sweet.

Bengal gram flour (Besan) - 1/2 kg 
Rice flour - 1/4 cup
Cooking soda - 1/4 tsp 
Lemon Yellow/ Orange food color - a pinch
Ghee - 1 1/2 tbsp
Water  2 1/3 cup
Oil for frying the boondis

For the sugar syrup
Sugar - 3/4 kg 
Water - 2 cups
Milk – 2-3 tbsp milk
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Broken Cashew nuts – ¼ cup  
Cloves – 6-7
Kalkandu, crystalised sugar (khadi sakkar in hindi)  you get in small cubes – a handful.
- Sieve both bengal gram flour and rice flour separately.
- Fry the cashew nuts and cloves in ghee separately and keep it aside.  Make a powder of cloves.

To make sugar syrup
- In a saucepan, add the sugar, little water and mix well and bring to boil.  
- Add the milk, the  layer of dirt will float on top of the vessel. Remove with the help of a tea strainer.  When the syrup reaches one string consistency, switch off the gas.  Add the cardamom powder,  clove powder and mix well.  The purpose of making the clove powder -  if you put the whole clove, it will be thrown out as  no one will eat.  If it is mixed in the powdered form it goes into the stomach. 

To make Boondis  
- Mix both bengal gram flour, rice flour, add cooking soda and a pinch of yellow / orange color.
- Add   water and make a batter. Add the water little by little to get a batter which is not thin or thick without forming lumps in it.
- Heat oil and pour a little batter on the boondi ladle. Pearl like droplets of  batter will fall into the hot oil.  Do not fry them like you fry the boondis for mixture.  It should be soft at the same time cooked.   Keep aside.  Adjust the gas from SIM TO MEDIUM according to the requirement.

To make Boondi Laddu
- After making the boondi, put them in the sugar syrup and mix well. Keep this aside for 4-5 hours. In between once or twice mix the same well and keep covered.  Make the laddus next day.  While making laddus, stuck one kaju (cashew) piece so that it is evenly distributed on all laddus.   If you mix it in the mixture, some laddus will have kaju and some may not. 

Some people add edible camphor and  kismiss (raisin) which I have avoided as my family members do not  like it. This is my mother in law ‘s idea to make the  laddu  next day and stucking the kaju and powdering the cloves.

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