Friday, November 5, 2010

Boondi Ladoo/Bundi Laddu - Being Festive

Hope you all are having a wonderful day,wherever you are. I thought it's not fair if we don't share the second sweet I prepared for Diwali, before the festival is over. So here is the boondi ladoo, my most favorite of all ladoos.We would love to say that again, Happy Diwali and we love you all !

I was in Middle School when I first had home-made Boondi ladoos.  My  Iyengar girl friend, (J), used to bring stuff like this to school all the time, and it was from here that I first had  ladoos.  Most of my class mates looked forward to being invited to her house for any celebration  because we knew there  would be all these delicious, juicy sweets to gobble up.  Other than ladoos, her mother could make Kerala Jilebi(Jangiri), pedas and a host of savory snacks.  My visit to her place was always memorable and quite productive.  I could eat all the home-made sweets I wanted,  and also borrow seedlings of "kanakambaram" for my garden.   Oh yes! Her mother was a great cook and an even better gardener.  I had the orange kanakambaram for a long, long time in my garden thanks to J!  My inspiration to make ladoos at home is J’s mom, but who would have imagined it would take X years to actually try it at home!

  When I was pregnant with my son, my second child, I craved ladoos to no end.  There was not a place I could buy good ones  where I stayed, and I decided to go all the way and fry it myself.  Being huge with a belly, it was not easy, but I persisted.  I know how this might sound foolish, and I don’t recommend pregnant women trying to fry and burn their belly  unless you can be careful and get it done.  I tell you what, when desire strikes no bump is a hurdle ;)

  Now for a couple of years, I have been making ladoos on and off. I am glad to present to you a fool proof recipe.   

Disclaimer: You don’t  have to be pregnant to try this for the first time ;)

May the festival of lights brings you all the happiness in the world !

Boondi Laddu/Ladoo

These ladoos are so delicious and exactly like the store bought one, except for their shape ;-)

Boondi Laddu/Ladoo

This for you all,with good wishes and love, from us !

Boondi Laddu/Ladoo


Besan/Gram flour- 1 1/2 cup
Rice flour- 1 Tbsp
Baking soda- a pinch
Oil- for deep frying

For the sugar syrup:

Sugar- 2 cups
Water- 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp
Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp
Cloves, crushed- 6-7
Cashews and raisins- lightly fried in ghee(optional)- 2 Tbsp each

You need a boondi strainer/a strainer with holes for making the boondis


1.Make a medium thick batter with the flours, water and soda. The consistency should be lighter than of idli batter.If it is too watery you will get boondis with a tail. If it is too thick it will not come through the strainer.So adjust it if required after you try the first time, by adding the flour or water.
2.Heat oil in a deep frying pan.Keep the heat on medium and by holding the strainer over the oil, pour a ladle full of batter onto the strainer.Make circular motions with the bottom of the ladle, just like you do when you make a dosa.The flour will drop into the oil and get fried.
3.It doesn't take long for the boondi to get fried. Also you don't have to fry the boondis till they turn brown, as you do for making mixture and other snacks.As soon as you stop pouring the batter stir the boondis well, so that they don't cluster together and burn. (it's always nice to have an extra pair of hands at this time, but I did it all myself this time !)
4.Drain them on a paper towel. Also it's wise to use a big strainer to take them out from oil, since the boondis are small but large in number.
5.Make the sugar syrup by mixing the sugar and water in a thick bottom vessel and boiling it to one string consistency.This doesn't take long if you add only this much of water.
6.When it has reached one string cosistency, add the cloves and cardamom and also the cashews and raisins. Mix well.
7.Throw in the fried boondis into this syrup and mix everything well.
8.Let it cool for a while so that you can handle it without burning your hands.
9.Make balls out of this before it gets completely cool.
10.Let the ladoos cool completely before you store them.

Do you think that it's a lot of work? But believe me, it's all worth it :-)
Once again we wish you all a very Happy Diwali/Deepawali !!

Boondi Laddu/Ladoo

Sending this to the event "The 30 best recipes of 2010" at Chacko's Kitchen.Thanks Susan and Abraham for hosting such a wonderful event !

Contributor: Namitha


  1. Nami..Eniku kurachu parcel cheyumo..Adipoli aytundu tto..Njan last time natil poyapol boondi strainer kondu varanam ennu karuthyathanu..but nadanilla..Adipoli ..Happy Diwali again...

  2. Delicious boondi and yummy pictures
    Check out the event
    Happy diwali

  3. Boondi ladoo adipoli. Njan angotu varatte.

    Happy Diwali

  4. pls give one to boondi laadoo....great share.
    A very happy diwali to u.

  5. Wish you and your family happy diwali.Lovely ladoo

  6. Looks perfect...Haapy Deepawaali to all of you!

  7. Happy Diwali again Nami, and those ladoo are my fav too looks ultimately fantastic :)

  8. Happy Deepavali to you. The ladoos look great.

  9. They look perfect- Festival greetings again!

  10. These look wonderful. I have never had ladoo. I must try yours soon. Happy Diwali and best wishes to you too:)

  11. yummy laddo... ente fav aanu... enikkum korachu parcel cheyumo plz..

  12. Prefect and cute looking laddoos, Happy Diwali Wishes to u and ur family..

  13. They look yumm. Happy Diwali once again :-)

  14. yep loads of work but worth it I am sure!
    Happy diwali again!

  15. Wow laddoo has come out perfect looks super delicious

  16. Wow!looks perfect Nami!apo diwali adichu polichu lle?Super super.

  17. It is lately that I find a kismis stuck on the Boondi Laddoo.

  18. I used to eat this ladoo a lot in the past...I was addicted to this...The ladoo looks absolutely tempting....

  19. I used to eat this ladoo a lot in the past...I was addicted to this...The ladoo looks absolutely tempting....

  20. Boondi Ladoo looks wonderful. Very well made
    A Very Happy Diwali to you & your Family.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  21. perfect for my sweet tooth :)

  22. Ladoo looks adipoli..Happy Diwali... do send for my event ~ THE 30 BEST RECIPES OF 2010 ~ ON Chacko's Kitchen rgds susan

  23. Hope you have a lovely diwali( do you say diwali or deepavali or are they the same thing?)

  24. Hi,

    Lovely ladoos...beautiful clicks...:)


  25. wow adipoli ayittundu kurachu parcel cheythal kollamayirunnu

  26. The Ladoos looks very nice...Happy Diwali to you and Family.

  27. one of my favorites! Happy Diwali to you, Namitha

  28. WOW!! Adipoli, Nami..Ee post kandappol thanne naattinnu kondu varanulla sadhanangalde listil boondi strainerum add cheythu :) Belated Diwali wishes..

  29. hi Namitha,
    Hope you had a great festival!!
    The boondi ladoos look fab! ur efforts are applaudable coz I dont have the patience to make these laddoos from the scratch!!
    Cool pics!

  30. Can i disagree with u here?
    I dont think they taste like the store bought ones at all, they taste far far better than that:-)
    Ur rite , after all the hard work u have put , they look really yummy!
    By the way i wud call them Rustic boondi laddos and i think they look cute bdw!!
    And lemme warn u ,ur family will never want store bought ladoos again:-)

  31. Very yummy-looking laddoos!
    Happy belated Diwali!

  32. They looks absolutely perfect and delicious... gorgeous pictures. And hope u had wonderful Diwali.

  33. perfect ladoos..I also tried to make ladoos but didnt come correctly..Have to try someother time :)

  34. Belated diwali wishes dears..
    Wow! These look so perfectly made! I still haven't gotten the courage to try making these..gorgeous pics too!

    US Masala

  35. gorgeous clicks and an awesome recipe....hats off for trying this...:)Awesome!!

  36. Perfect ladoo kto chechi...kochile bakeryil ninnu vangichu tharunna pole urundu urudnu irikkunnu....yummy

  37. Hey nami send me those delectable ladoos .Wow i miss them n you made me remember the decadent taste they will render in the last bite yummy yum .

  38. Wow...I love sweet boondi on its own and in the ladoo form. I haven't made these for a long time so will bookmark to make soon.

    Please share your recipe at the event I am running:

    It's for a good cause.


  39. Wowww.. boondi laddu looks so nice and cute.. perfect presentation dear !!

  40. Cool write up !! Liked ur disclaimer joke..LOL !!
    Ur pics looks so colourful just like diwali good !!Ladoos shud be doubt :)

  41. oh..kidilam..seriously am now craving for this more than anything..only if u were my neighbour..:(

  42. Dear Namitha
    How are you? I am off blog these days ,,so you dont see me..
    Even if I am a favorite sweet is bundi laddu..south Indian style ( not the bong type) ..I can eat 4-5 of them at one go..
    Had a dream to make this...but never tried ..
    Have a nice week

  43. Just to let you know dear your recipe is on 'The 30 Best Recipes of 2010' ~ thanks for your nomination. Regards Susan and Abraham

  44. Congratulations! I fell in love with this recipe at the first sight and a well deserving winner. I miss ladoos and glad that I can make this at home.


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