Boondi Laddoo

July 30, 2018mayurisjikoni

EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP

THEME: #154 FILMI FOODIES

Whenever Mallika who blogs at A Foodie Housewife suggests a theme for our weekly FoodieMonday group, she comes up with unique ideas. The #154th theme suggested by her was Filmi Foodies. So what does that mean? Well, either you make a dish that your favorite actor (note that these days there is no gender differentiation) loves, or any dish/dishes that an actor suggests or makes for the masses to follow their diet and nutritional plan or make a dish that has featured in a movie.

The first foodie movie that I watched was Cheeni Kum. However, being a vegetarian I didn’t want to go into the whole procedure of creating a Hyderbadi Zafrani Pulao without meat. After that I watched Ramji Londonwaley, where a simpleton from a village in India finds his way to London and cooks for a family and their restaurant. In a cook off he wins the hearts of the audience by preparing a sugar free gajar ka halwa. Then there was the copy of Hollywood movie Chef. Saif Ali Khan loses his job as a chef and starts his own food truck and becomes famous for his rotzza. I love watching movies and any food based movie right from Ratatouille, Julie and Julia to The Hundred Foot Journey are my favorite. I can watch all the foodie movies over and over again, each time with added awe as though I’m watching it for the first time.

I really don’t have just one favorite actor so cooking for an actor was going to be pretty difficult. It had to be movie based and immediately I thought of English Vinglish. Not only is the late Sridevi one of my favorite actors but I loved her acting and the whole concept of the movie. Its one movie that any woman especially a housewife can relate to. This movie portrays how a meek Hindi speaking housewife Shashi transforms herself into a  self respecting, citizen of the world  by enrolling herself in a four week English language crash course. A talented cook, her tasty laddoos (yellow sweet balls) were praised by many and she ran a small business supplying her homemade laddoos. Her husband’s sarcastic remark ‘my wife was born to make laddoos’ and her daughter being ashamed of her because she could not converse in English, made her feel inadequate. During a her trip to USA for her niece’s wedding, she realized that not knowing English was holding her back. In four weeks she masters the language, feeds her classmates delicious food and makes a whole tray full of laddoos for her niece’s wedding.

Her new found confidence does not make her lose her femininity, her Indian culture, her love and duty towards the family. It added so much value and self respect to what she is. A lovely tribute to all women by Gauri Shinde, the writer and director of this movie with a simple plan, universally appealing and portrayal of the everyday lives and struggle.

To sum it up when Shashi quotes” When a man cooks, it’s art. When a woman cooks it’s her duty,” it definitely tugs at your heartstring.

Keeping the whole laddoo theme in mind I decided to make boondi laddoos.  When I got all the ingredients ready to make the laddoos, I was a bit apprehensive as I have this misconception that Indian sweets are difficult to make. I thought I wouldn’t be able to make the perfect boondis or drops as they are called in Hindi. Once I began the task, in no time the laddoos were ready. And here all these years I’ve held back from making my favorite laddoos…boondi laddoos or as we call it in Gujarati, boondi na ladwa. The way Shashi got over her fear of mastering English language, I got over the fear of making boondi laddoos. At this juncture I must mention that the special boondi jhara or sieve that is required for this recipe, I proudly confess that I’ve inherited it from my mother in law who use to make boondi ever so often for dinner and lunch parties.

As to the late Sridevi, I’ve enjoyed her movies from Solva Savan to English Vinglish. I’ve yet to watch Mom. Her comeback after 15 years for English Vinglish with impeccable performance, carrying the whole movie on her own, conveying emotions effortlessly with or without words left the audiences speechless. By the way her favorite food was pineapple ice cream.

Time to jot down the famous boondi laddoo recipe.

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BOONDI LADDOO

Makes 12 small ones or 8 big ones

For the batter:

1 cup besan flour (chickpea flour, chana no lot, besan atta)

½ cup water

1 tsp ghee (clarified ghee)

a little bit of kesar(orange) food colour

a pinch of soda bicarbonate (baking soda)

 

For the syrup:

1-1¼ cup white sugar

½ cup water

a few strands of saffron

2 cardamoms, remove the seeds and lightly crush them

 

To add to the laddoo mixture:

1 tbsp almonds, cut them into slivers

1 tbsp pistachios, cut them into slivers

½ tsp cardamom powder

1 tbsp raisins

Oil/ghee for deep frying

boondi jhara(perforated sieve)

 

Preparation of the boondi:

  1. Sieve the flour into a bowl.
  2. Add half of the water and mix it well.
  3. Add the remaining water and mix well to remove any lumps.
  4. Add the food colour and soda bicarbonate. Mix well.
  5. Let the batter rest for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Heat oil or ghee in a karai, wok or a pan over medium heat.
  7. To test if the oil or ghee is hot, add a small drop of the batter. It should come up immediately.
  8. Hold the jhara about 6-8 inches high over the wok/karai/pan.
  9. Pour a bit of the batter into the jhara.
  10. Using a spoon spread it gently. This will enable the batter to go through the holes and drop as boondi into the oil.
  11. Fry the boondi for 20-30 seconds and remove from the oil or ghee using a slotted spoon or another jhara.
  12. Repeat steps 8-11 with the remaining batter.
  13. Spread out the fried boondi so that it can cool down a bit.

 

Preparation of the syrup:

  1. Add sugar and water to a pan.
  2. Heat the pan over medium heat.
  3. Stir the mixture till the sugar melts. Add saffron and crushed cardamom.
  4. Let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes till the syrup becomes thick. Here we need a one string syrup. Check out this video to make sugar syrup.
  5. To test it, place a drop of the syrup on a plate. Let it cool and then take it between your thumb and forefinger. If you pull them apart, the sugar syrup will form a string. Or pour the sugar syrup using a spoon. It should drop in a string like fashion.
  6. Take the pan off the heat.

 

Preparation of the laddoos:

  1. Add the raisins to the hot syrup and mix well. This will make it a bit soft.
  2. Add the fried boondi, almond and pistachio slivers and the cardamom powder.
  3. Mix everything using a big spoon.
  4. Cover the pan and let the mixture rest for 10-15 minutes. This allows the boondi to soak up the syrup.
  5. Take about 2-3 tbsp of the mixture into your palm. By pressing it not your fist gently, start making it into a round shape. Don’t squeeze it too tight as you don’t want the syrup to ooze out.
  6. Repeat the above step with the remaining mixture. The number of laddoos will depend on the size of the laddoos you make.
  7. Place the laddoos in a plate, cover it and let it rest for 30-60 minutes before you serve them.

 

Tips:

  • Its best to sieve the flour before adding the water to remove any lumps.
  • Add kesar or orange food colour to the syrup if you like.
  • Adding nuts and raisins is optional.
  • I added the batter into a measuring jug. It was so easy to pour it into the jhara instead of using a ladle.
  • The laddoos will stay fresh at room temperature for 2-3 days depending on the climate. After that keep any leftover in the fridge.
  • If the batter runs out of the holes too easily then its too thin and you may need to add a bit more flour.
  • If the batter is too thick it will not drop out of the holes on reading it with a spoon. You may need to add a few tablespoons of water.
  • Don’t let the boondi mixture become too cold. It will become difficult to shape the laddoos.

 

A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

 

You may want to check out the following sweet dishes:

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mohanthal

 

Gur na ladwa

 

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googras
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mini saffron and fruity chum chums

 

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58 Comments

  • Sujata Roy

    July 30, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Bundi laddu looks so perfect Mayuri. Never tried it. Bookmaking your recipe. I also loved the film English Vinglish. And Sridevi is one of my favourite actress. Lovely share.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much Sujata and try out the laddoos.

       
  • poonampagar

    July 30, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Love reading your blog posts di..so nicely penned down ..and the Boondi Ladoo look stunning. I have yet to own a Boondi khara for myself.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam.

       
  • Mina Joshi

    July 30, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Ah love reading about how you came to make these ladoos!! I love your write ups before you share your recipes. The ladoos look great. I think I must make some too!!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you so much Mina for the kind words.

       
  • afoodiehousewife

    July 30, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    These laddoos look perfect and delicious! I myself have lost count of how many times I have watched English vinglish. It’s such a brilliant movie!!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks Mallika and yes the movie is brilliant.

       
  • afoodiehousewife

    July 30, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Truly Lovely write up this is, dear!!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks Mallika.

       
  • The girl next door

    July 30, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I loved English Vinglish too! Your laddoos look perfect – lovely tribute to the late Sridevi!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you Priya.

       
  • kritisinghal2403

    July 31, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Lovely share di.. Classic Indian sweets just like the yesteryear late sridevi! 🙂

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 31, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      Thank you Kriti.

       
  • Saswati

    August 4, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Your posts are always so interesting….love the movie English Vinglish and do watch MoM ..it’s a very well made movie.Boondi ladoo, the quintessential sweet in every Shaadi looks perfect👌🏼.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 5, 2018 at 11:57 pm

      Thanks Saswati, still trying to find the movie online as I missed it in the theatre.

       
  • Preethi Prasad

    August 5, 2018 at 7:34 am

    I loved English Vinglish movie. These cute Boondi laddos are a perfect tribute to the late actress. This delicious sweet is an integral part of many festivities. Loved it.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 5, 2018 at 11:53 pm

      Thanks Preethi.

       
  • veena

    August 6, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Lovely write up Mayuri. Loved reading this post and the ladoos look divine. PERFECtly made.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 7, 2018 at 5:36 am

      Thank you so much Veena.

       
  • Shobha Keshwani

    August 26, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Wow.. the laddoos have come out so perfect.. I avoid making sweets as there is no one to eat here.Maybe on some festive occasion I will try to make them.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 26, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks Shobha, I also make them only when I can share them with other people.

       
  • preethi

    August 26, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    they look so delicious!! boondi laddoos are my favorite!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 27, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      Thanks Preethi.

       
  • Priya Suresh

    August 27, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Boondi laddoos makes me nostalgic.. One of my favourite sweet and never get bored of this cuties. You are tempting Mayuri, feel like having some. You got them prefect.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 28, 2018 at 12:37 am

      Thank you so much Priya, my favorite too.

       
  • Shobha Keshwani

    August 28, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Perfectly made boondi laddoos.. I am not so good at making sweets. I doubt if I can make them so well.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 28, 2018 at 11:15 pm

      Shobha, I too am bad with Indian sweets and if I can make them so can you..its not that difficult.

       
  • Annapurnaz

    August 28, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Loved reading your post. English Vinglish had a great impact on me. i told my sister that whenever I would visit her in US, I Would do some course (may be in baking), just like Sridevi did 🙂
    Even I had apprehensions in making boondi ladoos, but once I made them, then realized that it wasn’t that difficult. You have made them perfectly.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 28, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      Thank you so much Ritu, I too would at some point like to do a cake decorating course either in London or Bangalore.. to overcome the phobia of icing. Yup making ladoos is so easy.

       
  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    August 29, 2018 at 4:34 am

    My mom is the one who makes for us. It gives me so much confidence to see yours.. i feel like trying this recipe.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 29, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      Seema do try them, its not difficult. Till now my mother in law use to make them.

       
  • Geetha Priyanka

    August 29, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Laddo looks so perfect and has a nice texture. I never knew boondi laddo is so easy to prepare, always thought its a laborious task to prepare them. Great share.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 29, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks Geetha and I too thought the same till I got down to making them.

       
  • spiceaffairs2016

    August 29, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Boondi laddos are my favourite and your laddos are looking so tempting just want to pick up one from the screen. Loved your recipe.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 29, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you so much Soma.

       
  • Nand

    August 29, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    What a well explained recipe and I love the fact that you have detailed a very classic recipe here.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 29, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you so much Nand.

       
  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    August 29, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Delicious ladoos……its not easy to make boondi ladoos and yoy have made them perfect…and yes a lovely tribute to her..can’t believe she is no more…

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 29, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much Renu..and yes the world has lost a brilliant actor.

       
  • Pavani

    August 30, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Boondi laddoo looks so tempting and delicious,this laddoo is my favorite sweet

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 30, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks Pavani.

       
  • Geetanjali Tung

    August 30, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Boondi ladoos look utterly delicious! Love the texture and color of these!! Great share!!! Mun mein pani aagaya😊

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 30, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you so much Geetanjali.

       
  • marianasir1973

    August 30, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I love watching chef movies too. There is so much one can relate to. This is a lovely tribute to an amazing actress and a perfect recipe for the festive season beginning with autumn. 😊

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 30, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you so much Maria.

       
  • Freda @ Aromatic essence

    August 30, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Flawless and delicious boondi laddoos, perfect for the upcoming Indian festivities 🙂

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 30, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you Freda.

       
  • Malini

    August 30, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Boondi Ladoo is very famous in my home, my mom prepares very often, it would vanish in no time. Your ladoos looks so perfect and yummy. I never had the courage to make this sweet. I loved the way you described it. I guess, this post is a nice tribute to the legendary artist.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 30, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you so much Malini.

       
  • code2cook

    August 30, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    boondi laddu has come out so perfect. So mouthwatering must say. I have bought a laddle with holes but so far have not made them. Felling like to make now itself.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 2, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks Bhawana. I’m sure once you use it, you’ll want to make boondi more often at home.

       
  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    August 31, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I’ve watched that movie when it came on one of the Asian channel. To make perfect Boondi ladoo, you need time and patience, yours come out so well. My MIL used to make tons and tons for her 9 children and her neighbors, wish I had learnt from her.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 2, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks Jagruti..am sure you’d be able to make them as you’re an expert at indian sweets.

       
  • Lathiya

    September 2, 2018 at 5:40 am

    Ladoos are one tricky dish I have got to try, yours looks perfect. As the filmy theme, English Vinglish is one of my favorite movie close to my heart…

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 2, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Thanks Lathiya, making small batches helps. Its my favorite too.

       
  • jayashreetrao

    September 3, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Nicely made boondi ladoos Mayuri. Kudos to you for trying this sweet.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      September 3, 2018 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks Jayashree.

       

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