Sweet Boondi Recipe

Sweet Boondi Recipe
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Sweet Boondi

Boondi refers to small round fried besan balls soaked in sugar syrup and garnished with almonds, pistachios etc. Sweet Boondi is often served as Prasad in many festivals. Boondi (Motichoor) ladoos are made from this sweet boondi and are very popular sweet, especially to distribute on happy occasions. The same procedure is used to make the savory version too, of course with a few key changes.
Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 402 kcal
Author Anju Bhagnari


For boondi,

  • 100 grams Besan (sifted)
  • 10 grams Rice Flour (sifted (optional))
  • 1 pinch Baking Soda
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Water as needed
  • 2 drops Orange Food Color (or a few saffron strands soaked in 1 tablespoon warm milk)

For sugar syrup,

  • 100 grams Sugar
  • 60 ml Water
  • ΒΌ teaspoon Elaichi Powder
  • 2 drops Orange Food Color
  • 2 cups Pure Ghee or Oil
  • 10 Almonds or Pistas (slivered, optional)


  1. Take the besan, rice flour, salt and baking soda in a deep dish or bowl.

  2. Start adding water little by little and whisk the besan.
  3. Keep on adding water and whisking till the batter consistency is smooth, thick yet flowing.

  4. Add 2 to 3 drops of orange food color.
  5. The batter should be thinner than the bhajji besan batter.

  6. Add ghee for heating in a thick bottom pan on low flame.

  7. Simultaneously, add sugar, water, and elaichi powder in a pan.

  8. Add the food color.

  9. Heat it on full flame for about 5 minutes till it gets one-string consistency.

  10. Shut off the flame.

    Sweet Boondi Chashni
  11. To make boondi, a perforated spoon or a vegetable grater is to be used.
  12. Hold the perforated spoon little above the hot ghee.

  13. Pour a couple of tablespoons of batter on this spoon and tap it lightly.

  14. Besan droplets will start falling in the ghee.

    Sweet Boondi cooking process
  15. Add as per the available space in the pan without overcrowding it.

  16. Adjust flame to medium and flip the boondis to cook evenly all over.

    Frying Boondi for Sweet Boondi
  17. Remove when they look cooked yet must be soft so that they can soak in the sugar syrup.

  18. Do not cook till it gets the crisp texture.

  19. Drain the boondis in a large sieve and directly add to the warm sugar syrup. Check the syrup and heat for a few seconds if it has cooled down too much. Bring it to a warm stage.

  20. Similarly, fry all the boondis and keep on adding to the sugar syrup.

  21. Mix them well so as to coat with the syrup.

    Sweet Boondi Recipe step by step process
  22. Let them rest for a couple of hours for the sugar to crystallize and the boondi to turn non-sticky.

  23. Lastly, add slivered almonds or pistas, as per preference.

  24. Store in an airtight container.

    How to make Sweet Boondi

Recipe Notes

If the batter is thick, the boondis will form tails. Add little water and try.
If the batter is too thin, the boondis will be flat. Add little besan and try again.
When the batter consistency is perfect, the boondis will be round in shape.
Ghee adds to the taste, so it is preferred compared to oil

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Boondi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 402 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 38mg2%
Potassium 91mg3%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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