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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Holi Recipe: Besan Ladoo

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Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, is the celebration of spring awakening. It begins on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March). Typical rituals include throwing colored and scented powder and perfume on participants. The two-day festival allows people to drop societal norms imposed by class, age, gender and caste, thus it’s a time for united celebration. These fragrant no-bake cookies are a perfect (and gluten-free) way to enjoy the festivities.

3/4 cup ghee or clarified butter
1 1/2 cups besan (also known as chickpea or garbanzo bean flour)
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup sliced almonds (not roasted)
1/2 cup sugar
2 cardamom pods, ground or 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1. Heat ghee in a saucepan over low heat. Add besan. Cook until fragrant smelling, around 10 minutes.
2. While mixture is cooking, put the remainder of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse until all is finely ground together.
3. Let ghee and besan mixture cool for 10 minutes. Add blender ingredients. Shape into balls the shape of walnuts. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

© 2012, Lauren Capitani. All rights reserved.

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Lauren Capitani was an early foodie. While her friends were busy watching Family Ties , she was tuned into Graham Kerr and Yan Can Cook, and served her friends and family dishes such as beef wellington and baked alaska while still a teen. After college, Lauren received Masters' degrees in both journalism and business and worked in both subsequent fields. At 29, she decided to rewrite her life and became an assistant teacher. For the first time, her vocation became her avocation. She now has certification in both both elementary and early childhood education and has taught at seven schools on both coasts (and in between). Lauren has lived summers in France, England, Spain, Japan, and Thailand, and has visited more than a dozen other countries. When her own children start limiting their food choices, Lauren turned it into a teaching moment and created One World Whisk, a global cooking initiative for children. The project garnered more than 200 followers before its one-month charter was complete.

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