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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Festive Delights -- Gram Flour Ladoos & Saffron Shrikhand

Festival time is just another reason to enjoy sweets. Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. 
The day is marked with prayers, decoration, festive atmosphere and food. 
In Indian houses, there is an array of sweets made out of coconut,pulses,coriander and milk products. Its believed that Lord Krishna loves milk based sweets so its considered auspicious to prepare some on this festive day.
Today I made some Besan Ladoos ( Bengal Gram flour rounds) and Kesar Shrikhand ( saffron flavoured yoghurt)
Both these desserts are simple to make and delicious to taste. Keeping the milk based tradition in mind, I have used by products of Ghee and curd in these sweets.
Enjoy these recipes and have a beautiful Janmashtmi.

"Besan Ladoo"/ "Bengal Gram Flour Rounds"


1 cup gram flour (besan)
3/4th cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp ghee ( clarified butter)
1 tbsp cardamom powder
few roasted almonds - chopped

  • Heat ghee in a thick bottom vessel ( preferably non stick) and roast the gram flour on low heat till the colour changes and you can smell the cooked flour. Avoid burning it.
  • Add sugar and cardamom powder and mix properly. 
  • Remove in a plate and let it cool slightly
  • Grease your hands with ghee 
  • Shape the mixture in small round balls ( ladoos) or flatten them as pedas.
  • Decorate with almonds and serve.
Note : Overcooking or undercooking the flour may lead to problems while shaping them. If the mixture is too dry, you can add a little warm ghee and shape them. If the mixture is too wet and greasy then you can add few tsp of roasted gram flour and shape them.


" Kesar Shrikhand" / "Saffron Flavoured Yoghurt"

1 kg thick curd
3/4th cup powdered sugar
a few strands saffron
2 tbsp warm milk
2 tbsp cardamom powder
Pistachios and almonds for garnishing

  •  Hang the curd in a muslin cloth or in a sieve for 4-5 hours till all the liquid/whey has drained out
  • Dissolve the saffron in warm milk 
  • Mix the hung curd,saffron milk,sugar,cardamom in a bowl. You can whip it or blend it by hand or use a hand mixer till it becomes soft and smooth
  • Place in individual bowls and garnish with chopped nuts and saffron strands
  • Chill in the refrigerator for few hours before serving

Note : You can replace saffron with any fruit pulp like mango, strawberry,raspberry,etc. to enjoy different flavoured yoghurts.


  1. This is awesum...the dishes I thought were too complicated to evn think to try...uv explained them so easily n made it damb simple.....luv ur blogs...loads to learn from u...let the recipes keeping flowing :) god bless u...n yes...a very happy janmashtmi to u and ur family :)

  2. Thanks a lot Trupti, its really nice to get such pretty feedbacks :) These recipes and not complicated and once you start cooking they get more simplified :) Do try them and I look forward to hear your comments soon:)