Boondi Laddu

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Boondi Laddu was the first recipe posted on Cilantro. My first post is always very dear to me and the picture I had earlier posted was not as good as it is today and this particular recipe was not given its due recognition as the new ones. Last year when I made Laddu for Deepavali, I took pictures and replaced the old one on to my post.  When the Repost event  was announced I decided to bring it back to the limelight.
Boondi Laddu
ondi Laddu/Bundi Laddu/Boondi Ladoo/Laddoo/Laddu/Ladoo/Besan laddu/Besan ladoo
Boondi Laddu~ For JFI – Festivals (Deepavali) & Festive Food: Diwali events.
Deepavali in the Tamil Nadu is celebrated in the month of Aipasi around October or November. The preparations for the Deepavali Festival begin the week before.
For Deepavali Festival, the house is washed and decorated with kolam, in the poojai room, betel leaves, betel nuts, plantain fruits, flowers, kumkum, gingelly oil along with crackers and new dresses.
The morning begins with everyone in the family taking an oil bath before sunrise, before the bath, elders in the house apply gingelly oil on the heads of the younger members.
Often sweets are eaten after wearing new clothes. In almost all houses, items like ukkarai, velli appam, idly, chutney, sambhar, are prepared. Crackers are usually burst only after the bath.
Having said a little about Deepavli, my memories as a kid are eating sweets and bursting crackers, and who can forget vishnu chakram, flowerpot, mathaappu, vedigundu, snake(I do not know if that is the name to it.), the toy gun. Distributing palagaram ( sweets and snacks) to family and friends around, in the process displaying our new dress and the matching jewellery was another fun during Deepavali.
When I moved to Chennai after marriage, I had the opportunity to learn the Boondi Laddu recipe from Athai (mother-In-Law). I make Laddu for every Deepavali in Seattle since it is my husband’s favorite and my daughter joined him this year.
I have given the exact same recipe from Athai. Let me know your experiences. Her recipe has not disappointed me all these years.

List of ingredients:

Set 1
  1. 2 cups gram flour/besan
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. oil for deep frying the Boondis
  4. 1/4 teaspoon saffron

Set 2
  1. 2 tablespoons chopped cashewnuts
  2. 1 tablespoon raisins/dry grapes
  3. 1 teaspoon cloves
  4. 1/2 teaspoon powdered cardamon
  5. 2 tablespoons chopped almonds/badam (optional)
  6. 2 tablespoons chopped pista ( optional )

  1. Mix gram flour with just enough water to make a thick batter ( like dosai batter ). Add the saffron .
  2. Heat clarified butter (ghee)or Oil.
  3. Through a Boondi karandi/sieve ( as shown in pic), gently place batter drops into the hot oil. Fry till golden yellow and drain out. They should be 3/4 th done.
  4. Continue till all the batter is used. Reserve the fried drops as boondis.
  5. Heat sugar with 3/4 cup water and make a sticky syrup of one-thread consistency.
  6. Fry the ingredients in Set 2 in little ghee.
  7. Add fried boondis, fried ingredients in Set 2 and cardamom powder and mix well.
  8. While still warm, shape the syrup-coated boondis into round laddus, and leave till dry.Store in airtight containers

Tips: One cup makes about ten laddus. Store in refrigerator for longer shelf life. Boondis should not be fried completely, then they will turn crisp. They should be 3/4 fried to absorb the sugar syrup.

Deepavali Snacks:

This is how my picture looked and my previous post here:


  1. Looks gorgeous.. Laddus always reminds me of weddings and speical occasions.

  2. How beautiful. I tried once to make Boondi at home, they came out strings rather than rounds. I think I need that ladle!:))
    Looks perfect, like spicy Boondi. Laddoos look yummy.

  3. Wonderful and beautiful looking boondi laddus.I love laddus like others. I wish I have your laddus now. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This is sooo inspiring , I am ready to make my own batch of delicious n cute looking laddus

  5. Ladoos look amazing and delicious.

  6. Ladoo's look gorgeous... beautiful clicks too:)

  7. lovely ladoos..your earlier picture is also very good..

  8. ladoo...OMG... our fav. This looks really mouth watering..

  9. Hi Cilantro! Thanks for dropping by at my blog. Thanks for feedback too. You've nice blog here. :)
    Wow...boondi ladduuu...look perfect! :)

  10. Hi Cilantro,
    mouth watering ladoos..
    i'll certainly try..

  11. Wow!.. lovely laddus!! and beautifully explained pictures!.. yummmy:)

  12. Wonderful and beautiful... mouthwatering ladoos...

  13. Wow..Would love to make this laddu sometime.. I and my hubby both love this a lot :)

  14. Oh Cinlantro, you bought back so many memories. My mom makes the savory boondi at home and every time she made it we would hang around the kitchen to eat the bigger, misshaped balls.
    In our family, a halwai comes during weddings to make the boondi ladoos and the boondi padna (dropping boondi) is quite an occasion.
    I am so impressed you make these at home. I haven't had the courage or the initiative to try this but I'll drool and reminisce on your page.
    Thank you for the lovely entry. :)

  15. i do want to try this sometime...looks delicious..nice presentation...

  16. lovely recipe and very useful pictures. :)

  17. Delicious laddoos...mouthwatering here, prefect entry..

  18. Ur sweet's photos are always tempting..I still remember fruit halwa,adhirasam fotos..laddu looks gr8 as well..

  19. 2 yrs back i made them and loved it. Looks like you have made in abundence and i hope you parcel me some. I don't have that spoon to make bhoondi, next trip to india i am gonna buy one.

  20. Any festivity, Laddoos are the first thing ladies at home plan for... And by and far everybody loves to have them... Love the laddoos they have come out well.

  21. Can't believe one can actually make these so perfect at home! Super! -Naina

  22. These ladoos look professional - I know the pain that goes into making these - the first part is easy - the tough part is to make the balls while the bhoondis are still hot - your ladoos look better than perfect! Awesome!

  23. These soft bundi ladoos are my favorite and always wondered how they were made . Thanks for the recipe and the wonderful photos
    I discovered your blog today.
    I am linking you to my blog

  24. They look like our typical South Indian Laddu's; good post.

  25. What a gorgeous click! Laddoos look so perfect!

  26. There are two indian sweets that I dare not even dream of making and those are boondi ladoo and puran poli. I am in awe of how you made the boondi Laddoo cilantro, they look so good.

  27. my laddu is very sticky.
    please help me

  28. Dear Anonymous,
    The sugar syrup could have been watery, try leaving out for sometime which will make it a little hard. Let me know.

  29. waaaw. i love laddus..mouth watering......
    hav a look on my blog

  30. I don't like laddu alot but once I just tried boondi laddu and loved it ! Your laddus are looking good. Hope to make them soon :)


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