2. Besan Ladoo
My grandmother used to make the best ladoos when I was growing up. Later, my friend Rabani's ladoos became my favourite. She used to serve them at all her dinner parties. She inspired me to try my very own version.Ingredients:
1.1 kg besan
(Besan available in the market may be adulterated with maida
unless it is stamped gluten free. I grind my own besan
. It is super easy. Just take channa dal and grind it. Remember all freshly ground stuff has shorter shelf life but it is cleaner and safer.)
2. 1 kg castor sugar
3. 5 Tbsp ghee
4. 2-3 tsp cardamom Powder
5. Few saffron threadsMethod:
1. In a thick pan, add the ghee and besan along with the cardamom powder and start cooking over a low flame. Keep stirring till its colour deepens to a pale brown. Add a few saffron threads.
2. Take it off the flame and add the castor sugar. Stir it quickly and begin making balls the minute you can touch it.
3. Place the balls in a flat dish which is lined with ghee. Let it cool for a while and you're ready to serve. 3. Kalakand
Kalakand is a popular Indian Sweet made out of solidified, sweetened milk and paneer
. I used condensed milk and just removed the milk powder.Ingredients:
1.1 tin sweetened condensed milk
2. 500 gms fresh paneer, crumbled
3. 1 -2 tsp cardamon Powder
4. Few saffron Threads
5. 8-10 nuts - pistachios, optionalMethod:
1. Mash the paneer coarsely and mix it with sweetened condensed milk.
2. Heat the mixture in a thick bottom pan. Cook on medium heat with constant stirring till the mixture becomes thick and starts leaving the sides of the pan.
3. Remove from the fire and spread onto a greased plate. Sprinkle cardamom powder and crushed pistachio.
4. Cool at room temperature and then place in the refrigerator till completely cool and then cut into squares.
This year, I plan to make coconut
ladoos and gulab jamun and someday I'd definitely like to try my hand at making gluten-free jalebis! Till then, give these recipes a shot and enjoy a sweet gluten-free Diwali!About the Author:Aarti Sarin Jain is an avid baker and runs an exclusive gluten-free test kitchen. She discovered the joys of a gluten-free living after her elder kid was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She often experiments with new forms and varieties of gluten-free food without compromising either on taste or quality. You can read more on her blog, www.bakingfrommyheart.com.
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