Sweets for Jihva


sweets ~ by the book!

ingredients for laddoo/laddus

sweet beginnings: besan flour, granulated sugar, roasted peanuts, jaggery, cashews and golden raisins

I thought I might try my hand at a more traditional Diwali treat. There were so many great recipes I had a hard time choosing. In the end, I went with these two recipes from Vineela and Krithika. They were user-friendly enough for a novice like me, and I had the ingredients at hand. I behaved. Didn’t change a thing. Followed each recipe to the letter. My reward? Quick, easy, and delicious sweets!!

vineela’s peanut laddu

Vineela’s Peanut Laddu

Krithika’s Besan ke Laddoo

They are a little less-than-spherical, but oh, the kitchen smells divine.
And now if I’m not too late, I will send these to Vee for her
Special Edition Jihva.

Thank you Vineela and Krithika, for your lovely recipes!

festival sweets

a more traditional diwali treat



  1. Archana said

    Will you please let me be speechless for just a few seconds ?
    Lovely, lovely, lovely, happy Diwali to you Linda.

    Thank you so much, Archana! πŸ™‚

  2. Krithika said

    Lovely Linda !! They look gorgeous ! So glad that it worked out well for you. Your diwali treats are already ready and I haven’t done anything. Still in a holiday mood ! I better get my act together. Happy diwali to you too !

    Thank you, Krithika — the recipe was excellent! I was definitely in a holiday mood making them πŸ™‚

  3. indosungod said

    Linda, Happy Diwali to you! Well you are defintely ready for Diwali . Are you sure you are not Indian? Just kidding! You must have been one in your previous birth atleast. You sure do have a special touch!. Enjoy the season.

    Thank you, ISG! Perhaps in a previous incarnation, never know… your kind words are very much appreciated πŸ™‚

  4. that is just awasome……….happy diwali linda..

    Thanks very much, Maneka πŸ™‚

  5. Such a tempting presentation… the tree looks lovely.

    Hi Jayshree, thanks for visiting and for your kind words. Just had a peek at your blog and bookmarked your cabbage curry to try soon. πŸ™‚

  6. Chandrika said

    Absolutely lovely, Linda!

    Thank you very much, Chandrika πŸ™‚

  7. Asha said

    WOW!! Came back with more!! Linda! Linda!! You are making wayy fatter with pasties and now this!! Oh man!!!:)))

    Think how fat I’m getting, Asha, reading your blog! πŸ˜‰ Actually, I’ve lost a bit of weight since I started cooking Indian food. Tastes great and healthy, too!

  8. That is so impressive Linda! That stack of treats just looks so festive! Perfect for any holiday.

    Best Holiday wishes to you and yours!


    Hi SH — thank you so much! Wishing you the best as well πŸ™‚

  9. Shankari said

    You rock Linda! The sweets look very very appetizing, hope your family enjoys them as well.

    Shankari, thanks! I plan to initiate the kids soon πŸ˜‰

  10. Vee said

    awwww…Now you go and do a complete 180 degrees on me…Plus you don’t tweak the recipe even a tiny bit.

    Nice one, though. Should smooth out any ruffled feathers, if any…

    Hi Vee, I’m not taking back my first entry — just adding another. I sincerely hope I didn’t ruffle any feathers, even though Asha had to remind me about vegetarian. I have an honest love for this food and an equally honest interest in the culture, customs etc. I am learning all the time! People have been so kind to me, I feel as though I’m celebrating too. Thanks for being so accommodating πŸ™‚

  11. Lera said

    Gorgeous looking ladoos…wow, wish i could just take a bite..Linda,you ‘ve a beautiful entry…….:)

    Thank you so much, Lera πŸ™‚

  12. MenuToday said

    Hi Linda,
    Excellent Presentation…Love that sweet tree.. Wishing you and your family a Happy Diwali!!!! Thanks for sharing.

    Hi MT, thank you! I wish the same to you πŸ™‚

  13. Luv2Cook said

    wow….Linda..you did great! Hats off to your enthusiasm :)…

    Thanks Sam… my laddoos need lots of practice, I can see! Being so tasty, I don’t think practicing will be too rough πŸ™‚

  14. Latha said

    Hey Linda!

    I’m amazed. Those treats look so delicious. I am such a novice with sweets! How I wish I could try some of those.
    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog πŸ™‚
    A very happy Diwali to you and your family.

    Oh Latha, thank you — I am the novice! I wish you and your family a very happy holiday. Making sweet memories for the little ones is the best part πŸ™‚

  15. Indira said

    Oh my! I have to join my fellow bloggers chorus. That’s really is impressive, Linda. You know the first time when I made besan laddu, they turned into a hard, shotput like rounds. :), because I was skimping on ghee. Now I know the reason but at that time I had no clue. My cooking is all from my memory of being on my mother’s side when I was growing up. If I only had cooking blogs like these back then.:)

    Great entries and thanks for participating in JIhva, Linda. Wishing you a sweet, joyous weekend!

    I am sure your laddus are melt-in-the-mouth now! I understand what you mean about the cooking blogs; I can’t believe how often I refer to them. What a great way to expand one’s horizons! Thanks very much for stopping by, Indira. Your encouragement and kindness have always been very much appreciated. I hope you and Vijay and little Kittaya are enjoying your Diwali celebration in your new home πŸ™‚

  16. Priya said

    The sweets look super delicious Linda !! You are one patient & eager learner. I am just bowled over by your passion !! Three cheers to you πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much Priya — your goodies look fabulous πŸ™‚

  17. Lera said

    Wow! Linda you’ve done it to perfection ! This looks like an ambrosia on a plate! Keep more of these coming…..:)

    Thank you so much, Lera! I really enjoyed making them. Must try your carrot halwa soon πŸ™‚

  18. mandira said

    i love the beautiful pictures linda. WOW. I have never tried besan laddu at home… you’ve inspired me.

    Thank you, Mandira! I had never tried a besan laddu anywhere! So don’t know whether they tasted as they should, but I liked them. Sure made the kitchen smell nice, too. I’m sure you will make excellent laddus πŸ™‚

  19. Priya S&S said

    OH MY ! They look absolutely delcious Linda !
    Last Diwali my cooking skills were pathetic, but thanks to Indira, her mysore pak saved me πŸ™‚ This Diwali was great fun. Enjoyed all the traditonal and innovative Diwali treats. Thanx to all the wonderful blogs !

    Hi Priya, and thank you πŸ™‚ I agree — thanks to all the wonderful blogs! I can’t wait till Thanksgiving — my extended family is going to be in for a surprise πŸ˜‰ Just peeked in at your blog — have to spend some time reading there and catching up!

  20. Arjuna said

    Wow.. looks like you had a festive time, I love the way you displayed them.

    On a separate note: I have made cranberry sauce with some of the cranberries that I bought a few days ago. It turned out great. Thankyou for the suggestion. πŸ™‚

    Hi Arjuna — and thank you! Just came from your blog and saw the beautiful cranberry recipes! I think I’ll be trying both for Thanksgiving — thanks for sharing them πŸ™‚

  21. Nav said


    What more can I say .. Your Diwali treats look unbelivably awesome..Hats off πŸ™‚


    Thanks so much, Nav! I really enjoyed making them πŸ™‚

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