Homemade Bundi/ Boondi Ladoos for Ganesh Chaturthi – Indian Festival Recipe

by anamika on September 17, 2012

in Desserts & Sweets, Feast while you Fast, Festival Recipes, Kids Recipes


Bundi Ladoos Recipe for Ganesh ChaturthiBundi Ladoos for Ganesh Chaturthi

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all my Family , Friends &  Readers of my blog! May the Blessing of Lord Ganesha always be upon you :). Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi festival with Homemade Bundi/Boondi Ladoos!

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is the Hindu festival of Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati.  It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The festival lasts for 10 days and is celebrated with lot of excitement all over Indian mainly Western and Southern India.

Bundi Ladoos Recipe for Ganesh ChaturthiI am celebrating this festive occasion by sharing the much-loved & liked┬áIndian Sweet┬áof Ganesha….the Ladoos :). I┬áwill be making┬áthese Bundi Ladoos as prasad for My Ganesha. Ganesha is believed to be fond of Ladoos and so is my little Ganesha at home, my son┬á:). He loves Besan Ladoos┬áand Atte Ke Ladoos a lot and that’s the reason I keep making Ladoos for my Ladoo too :).

Bundi Ladoos Recipe for Ganesh ChaturthiBund in Hindi means small pearl size drop. And for Bundi Ladoos – Bundi also means small size drops :) and Ladoos are┬ásmall lemon size sweet balls made using Bundis (small pearl drops made by deep-frying besan & later┬ácombined together in sugar syrup). In India Ladoos holds a very special place among the Indian Sweets. Ladoos are used on almost all festive occasions by many of us, mainly in Puja’s or Prayers. They surely hold a very high significance┬áas per┬áme in all religious prayers among the Hindu’s. Also if you do not wish to make Ladoos, these bundis( dipped in sugar syrup after deep-frying of course)┬ácan be used for prasad or you can simply enjoying eating these as it is, these sugar syrup drops taste yum too!

Bundi Ladoos Recipe for Ganesh ChaturthiBundi Ladoos for Ganesh ChaturthiBundi ladoos that I made are soft,colorful, sweet and not to miss too tempting. My kids love these and to my surprise my daughter also loved these homemade Bundi Ladoos. I was always too scared to try out Bundi Ladoos by myself at home even though I have been making various varieties of ladoos at home still somehow always feared making these and Yeah!┬áFinally I did and I am too excited about the end result in my first try :)….

Delicious and colorful Bundi Ladoos, I am sure now these are going to be in my regular sweet list too :). Can’t wait more to share the recipe out here so here I go……

Bundi Ladoos Recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi

Homemade Bundi Ladoos for Ganesh Chaturthi - Indian Festival Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Homemade Bundi Ladoos for Ganesh Chaturthi - Indian Festival Recipe


  • ÔÇó Besan (chickpea flour) ÔÇô 1 cup + 2 tablespoons
  • ÔÇó Water to make the batter ÔÇô 2 tablespoon approx. ( it should not be too thin or thick, but should have a flowing consistency - pl adjust accordingly)
  • ÔÇó Sugar ÔÇô 1 cup
  • ÔÇó Water for sugar syrup ÔÇô 1 cup
  • ÔÇó Kesar ÔÇô few for the sugar syrup
  • ÔÇó Cardamom powder ÔÇô ?? teaspoon
  • ÔÇó Food Colour ÔÇô Orange and Green
  • ÔÇó Oil for deep-frying the Bundis


  1. For the Besan Batter -Take a big bowl and mix besan with water, add little by little the water and ensure no lumps are formed into the besan batter.
  2. Keep stirring continuously to make a smooth batter.
  3. Now take 2 separate small bowls and make similar batter from besan with just 1 tablespoon besan in each small bowl and add a pinch of orange and green colour to this mixture. (We are doing this step to make coloured bundiÔÇÖs for the ladoos, which we will add to the main bundis later).
  4. For the Sugar Syrup -Take a thick bottom pan and add water and sugar to it and heat this on medium to low flame to form one thread consistency sugar syrup. Keep stirring in-between and add in Kesar to this liquid. This process of making sugar syrup will take approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Now take a kadai and heat the oil in it for frying the bundis.
  6. For Deep Frying the Bundi's -Take the besan batter and pour it over a sieve with round holes and tap it gently with a spoon so that small balls of besan fall into the oil.
  7. Keep the sieve low and not too high above the kadai else perfect balls wonÔÇÖt be formed.
  8. Keep repeating this process till all your besan is used.
  9. Same process you need to do for the colour bundis.
  10. Now pour the bundis into the sugar syrup and mix well.
  11. Add in the cardamom powder to the fried bundis mixture and stir well.
  12. Let it cool only for few seconds.
  13. For making the Ladoos -Wet your palms nicely and start making the ladoos by pressing one or two tablespoon bundi in your palms to form a ball. The mixture needs to be still hot and if it cools the balls wonÔÇÖt be formed.
  14. Keep using the water by wetting your palms nicely to form teach ladoo.
  15. Once you are done making all the ladoos, take one ladoo each again and press again to reshape them to form a perfect ball, repeat this process for all the ladoos.
  16. Serve these delicious colourful ladoos as it is or use for offering them for prayers.


For extra shine to your ladoos, apply ghee on your palms and reshape your ladoos the final time. Wet your palms each time you form the ladoos. Sugar Syrup should be of one thread consistency or one step before that. As soon as you deep fry the bundis keep pouring them into the sugar syrup, stir well and then form the ladoos. If you wish to avoid using the coloured bundis, go ahead with just the natural besan coloured bundis. I wanted my bundi's to look colorful and bright hence I used few drops of food colour for making very less coloured bundi's. If you wont wet your palms each time you make a ladoo, it will be real tough for you to bind the bundi's to ladoos.

Enjoy these delicious mouth-watering Homemade Bundi Ladoos – Ganesh Chaturthi Recipe! I have many Ladoo recipes on my blog in the┬á-Festival Recipe Section,feel free to check them out &┬átry making these traditional Indian Sweets at home for your loved ones.

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Scratching Canvas September 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I tried making bondies few times but failed :( The way you explained everything I’m gathering some courage again.. Hope i’ll be able to make them this time :) thanks for this lovely sharing.


madcookingfusions September 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Thank You so much and I am sure you will be able to make these, not too tough just need to take care of only few things and your ladoos are ready :). Pl do try and would love to have your feedback on these too!


nutan September 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM

yumm yummmmmmmm…….:o


madcookingfusions September 18, 2012 at 6:57 AM

thank you Nutan :)


Your Cookery Book September 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you Anamika and all your readers. I have been busy past couple of weeks to change format of website. I am working on some strategies to get traffic on site. I’ll let you know how it goes and will guide you, if it works. Hope you are doing well.

Love the bundi laddus. I never made at home. I want to make bundi from long time, So I will probably try to make bundi laddu same as well. Thanks for the recipe.


madcookingfusions September 18, 2012 at 6:58 AM

Thank you so much YCB, looking forward to the new look :)


Sanoli Ghosh September 17, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Perfect and excellent preparation of Bundi Ladoos. Love it at any time. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you and your family Anamika.


madcookingfusions September 18, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Thank you Sanoli and I am glad you like them :)


Kanan September 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM

hey anamika, colored boondi gives nice and attractive look to laddoos. making boondi laddoo is kind of hectic for me and it make big mess in kitchen. so usually i avoid to make this. but your explanation will help me next time.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.


madcookingfusions September 18, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Ya Kanan I agree with you but trust me homemade bundi ladoos are worth all the efforts – a must try :)!


shruthi September 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM

The Ladoos look super cute Anamika, I never made boondi ladoo before but my husband says he is expert in it ;) , So this Ganesh Chathurthy I will ask him to make it ;)


madcookingfusions September 18, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Hey thank you Shruthi, looking forward to see your post on these boondi ladoos specially when it will come from your expert hubby…enjoy :)!!!


Deepa September 18, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Homemade ladoo rocks …These are looking so colorful…just like the way we just to eat earlier..


madcookingfusions September 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM

thank you Deepa, yes those were good old days when sweets were part of a must must in every home on all occassions :)!


Priya Sreeram September 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Seasons greetings and loved the neat presentation of the bundi ladoos! have a rollicking celebration


madcookingfusions September 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

thank you Priya :)


suhani September 18, 2012 at 5:16 PM

hey Anamika..the ladoos look very good..tell me what kind of seive did u use ..i have a sieve of little holes in it..can i make ladoos by that..


madcookingfusions September 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Hey Suhani, thank you so much for liking this recipe too :), I used a normal steel sieve that we use for frying, with little holes it will do..if not bundi ladoos you will surely end up making motichoor ladoos :). I think you can make, can you send me the pic on my email address that you have with you, would want to see that seive.


suhani September 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM

btw..u have become a ladoo expert…


madcookingfusions September 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Haha…yeah you right Ladoo expert, I am sure you saying this after looking at the count of different kinds of ladoos I have on my blog :), let me share a secret with you – for so many years I was dead scared of making simple ladoos also and many a times messed up with ladoos and ended up making bufi in place of ladoos coz could not bind them properly´üè! So to get such a compliment from you is really wow for meÔǪ..


Asmita September 18, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Hi Anamika,
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
These ladoos are making my mouth water. I love boondi ka ladoos and these are my favorite. Cannot wait to make these.


madcookingfusions September 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Hey thank you Asmita :)!


Surabhi September 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Hi Anamika…..i make besan sabji like this only and now going to try ladoo…..thanks for posting it.


madcookingfusions September 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Thank you Surabhi, sure do try these and let me know how your turned out :)!


Shashank September 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Oh am so lucky to stumble upon your blog…I dont eat ladoos but I like the pics that you post here… very much…one more loyal visitor added to your blog cheers :)


madcookingfusions September 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Thank you so much Shashank, I am glad you liked the pics :)!


dassana September 19, 2012 at 2:20 PM

happy ganesh chaturthi to you and your family anamika. i do want to make these boondi ladoos soon.


madcookingfusions September 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Thank Dassana, sure do try, I am sure you both will like these!


Love2cook Malaysia September 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Awww my hero Ganesh is here! Love Him madly!!!
Happy Ganesh Chathurthi to you too dear…the laddus are so well prepared! Envy you!!! :)))


madcookingfusions September 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Hey thank you so much dear and I envy the plain butter cake slices and want a bite rightaway :)!


Kankana September 27, 2012 at 6:57 AM

WOW making bundi laddu at home is not easy and you did a fantastic job with it!


madcookingfusions September 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Thank you Kankana, I agree with you….I use to always fear making these ladoos but somehow got too tempted trying for this Ganesh Chaturthi :)!


Funwidfud September 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Boondi ladoos look super tempting and perfect..Nice detailed post….Loved the clicks…They are beautiful..


madcookingfusions September 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Thank you so much Reshmi, I am glad you liked it :)!


Krupa October 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Lovely colorful ladoos anamika. My eyes are on the dish it was kept ;-) hehehhe. simply superb.


madcookingfusions October 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Hey thanks Krupa, you not the only one with your eyes on that dish..lol :)!


albertocook October 8, 2012 at 2:19 AM

I think this recipes is delicious.
I have a blog of italian dish but sometimes I love change new flavors…
I think you have more nice recipes..
Bye from Italy


madcookingfusions October 8, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Dear Alberto,
Thank you for your visit to my blog and for your kind comment. Today is my daughters birthday and I plan to prepare Italian dishes as per her demand,on her list are her fav veg pizza topped with lots of mozzarella, garlic bread and tomato cheese pasta will look for few recipes in your space now, perfect timing of your visit here for me:).


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM

LOVE boondi!! Especially in yogurt! :)


madcookingfusions October 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

So very true Kiran :)!


aunt mary November 11, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Thank you my daughter loves to eat Laddoos…Now I can Make Them At Home


madcookingfusions November 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM

thank you and I am glad you liked them, hope you daughter enjoys having them too :)


ananya November 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM

I tried these ladoos today but was unsuccessful. I could not bind the laddoos. Bundis came out well. I followed all your instructions. I tried to wet my palms with water. Even the sugar syrup seemed to be correct. Can you tell me what went wrong?



madcookingfusions November 21, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Hi Ananya,
The only reason I see for bundis not able to bind into a ladoo could be the right consistency sugar syrup. The key to these ladoos is the one thread sugar syrup. If that all in place, the ladoos will bind. You need to take a small ball siz bundis in your palm and press them tightly to form a ladoo. I make my ladoos the way I have mentioned in this post and they come up too good and my kids love these too. Pl do not give up and give it a try again, once you will get the trick of making the ladoos you will be able to make any kind of ladoos very comfortably. Do let me know in case you try these again. If you need more gudiance then pl watch any cooking video on how to make bundi ladoos, search it on you tube and hope that hepl you too.


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