The very first time i had them was in Chennai, during my L&T days. A roomie had been to Delhi for diwali and bought them. At first she asked all of us to guess what ladoos were these. From sooji to besan, you name it and we had guessed so many type of grains, only to keep her head nodding a complete NO!!...Finally we all screamed at her, "Ab bata bhi de, kis ka ladoo hain ye??"..Atte ka...screamed she!! As dramatic as it sounds, i and all other roommates of mine were so schoked, this was a first time for us, and man they were the best.
This one is not wheat flour alone, i added sooji(semolina) and gram flour and they are the best!!
Lets get started with the ingredients.
1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/3rd cup sooji, 1/3rd cup bengal gram(chana dal), 1 tsp freshly grounded cardamom powder, 1/2 cup ghee, 1/2 cup nuts of your choice.
Roast and powder bengal gram and keep aside.
Roast sooji and keep aside.
Add half of the ghee and roast wheat flour on a medium flame till it changes color. Be careful not to burn it.
Once roasted half way, add powdered bengal gram and sooji and the powdered nuts along with the remaining ghee. Keep roasting till it turns golden brown.
Take off the flame and add sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well. Once it cools down a little, start making ladoos out of it.
Dip each ladoo in melted ghee and garnish with some chopped pistachios.
Keep closed in an airtight container and enjoy whenever sweet cravings strike!!