Badami Motichoor Laddoo ( Sweet Almond Lentil balls)

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In India, Diwali is around the corner so what could be better than treating your family and friends with some homemade mithais. They are carefully prepared and most importantly it is prepared with love. After all it is that time of the year when every Indian tries to make something savory and sweets stuffs. From sweets, one mithai which tops the list  and is everyone's favorite is Motichoor ke Laddoo or Motichoor Laddoo. Every mithai/ sweet shops in India is dazzling with lights and are selling everyone's favorite sweet dish. I always wanted to try this recipe but due to some or the other reasons I delayed making this dish. But this time I decided to make it in this Diwali and I finally succeeded in making so. After all it's my and my daughter´s favorite Indian mithai.  

As it is homemade, I tried to do something different and little healthier, so I added some almond powder in the mixture before making the laddoos. I know its not authentic but it is super tasty and delicious. The biggest challenge I faced while making these laddoo where make the bondis (fried balls) out out the gram flour batter. The difference between bondi and motichoor is the size. Motichoor bondis are tiny bondis and normal bondis are bigger in size. It is generally made from small sized jhara.( perforated spatula) so that the batter can pan through it and bondis can be prepared. 

There are 3 easy steps for making this recipe. First is to make boondis, second is to make sugar syrup and final step is to combine both and make laddoos. For making boondis firstly I made a pouring consistency smooth batter out of roasted gram flour and water. Heated sufficient oil and passed the batter through the jhara. While tapping the jhara over the hot oil. This helps in forming tiny balls in the hot oil. Cooked the bondis for 30 seconds took it out and drained it. Then made sugar syrup of 1 string consistency. Once the bondis were cooled I mixed it with the  hot sugar syrup and let it sit for 10 minutes. Once it was soaked I transferred into a blender, add the almond powder and just gave a pulse. Took out in a plate and shaped into a lemon sized balls.

Detailed Recipe as follows:-

Preparation Time:- 15 mins  Cooking Time:- 1 hr  Total Time:- 1 hr 15 mins

Number of Serving:- 10-12 laddoos

1 cup = 250 ml 
¾ cup = 200 ml
½ cup = 125 ml 
1/3 cup = 80 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml
1 teaspoon = 5 ml
½ teaspoon = 2.5 ml
¼ teaspoon = 1.25 ml


For Boondi:-
* Besan/Chickpeas Flour :- 1 cup
* Water:- 3/4 cup (The batter should not be too thick neither to runny)
* Orange food color:- less than 1/4 teaspoon
* Almond Powder:- 1/2 cup

For Sugar Syrup:-
* White granulated Sugar:- 1 cup
* Cardamon Powder:- 1/2 teaspoon
* Water:- 3/4 cup
* Orange food color:-  less than 1/4 teaspoon
* Lime Juice:- 1/4 teaspoon
* Saffron Strands:- 4-6
* Ghee/ Clarified Butter:- 1 teaspoon

It is divided into 3 easy steps.

Making Of Boondis:-
1. In a bowl take besan, food color and mix well dry. Add water in batches and make a lump free batter. The batter should not be too thick neither too runny. If the batter will be too thick it will not pass through jhara and if it is too thin, it will not form boondi. 

2. Heat oil in a frying pan. Once hot, put the jhara over the hot oil and pass one ladle of the batter through it. Tapping the jhara from one side of the pan. This will help in forming multiple boondi. Fry them for 30 seconds then drain through a fine mesh. ( You can use your tea strainer for that as the boondi are small.) Fry in multiple batches and cool it on a medium heat. Refer notes below.

Making Of Sugar Syrup:-
1. Take a bowl and add sugar and 3/4 cups of water. Cook till the sugar is dissolved and starts boiling. 

2.Add saffron strands, food color, cardamon powder and lime juice to it. Cook over medium heat till 1 thread consistency is achieved. To test that dip a spoon in the sugar syrup and drip it back. When the syrup fall down it should drip slowly forming one thread.

Making Of Laddoos:-
1. Add 1 teaspoon of ghee and boondis in the hot syrup. Mix well. Cook it for 1 minute over low heat. keep it aside for 10 minutes. Mix in between so that the boondis are all covered with sugar syrup.

2. When it is soaked completely, transfer it onto a blender, mix almond powder
 and give it plus. (Don't make it a paste.) Transfer it into a bowl. Grease your palm take a small portion and start making lemon sized laddoos/ balls.

Your mouthwatering laddoos are ready to be served.

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* If you do not have jhara, you can use your grater and make boondis using the smaller holes from it. Pour it from the back side of the grater.

* Your can pulse the boondis before adding it to the syrup. That will also work. In that  case do not make it into a fine powder.

Serving Tips:- Can be served as/ in sweet dish or evening snacks.

No calorie count for this recipe.

Do try my recipe till then happy cooking. 

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