Badana are small balls of gram flour, deep fried in ghee and dunked in  sugar syrup. It can be served as a dessert.


  • 1 cup gram flour / besan
  • 1 tablespoon Rice flour
  • Ghee to deep fry
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 6 Almonds, chopped
  • 4 Saffron, few strands dissolved in water


  1. Prepare a sugar syrup by boiling sugar and water together.
  2. Add saffron strands and a tbsp. of milk to bring up the scum.
  3. Remove scum and boil liquid till the syrup is sticky. Keep aside.
  4. Mix gram flour, rice flour and water together to form a semi thick batter. Add 1 tbsp. of oil to the batter. Keep aside for about half an hour.
  5. Heat ghee, hold perforated spoon a little above the hot ghee, pour some batter on the spoon.
  6. Tap very lightly at edge of spoon to allow small droplets to fall in the ghee.
  7. Stir the boondis in the ghee gently and fry till crisp.
  8. Drain and put into the syrup for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Spread on a wide plate, add cardamom powder, almonds and mix gently.
  10. Store Badana / boondi in airtight container.

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