Try the delicious motichoor ladoo

Who can resist the temptation of sweets? When it comes to Indian sweets, it’s even harder. Indian sweets are not just sweets or desserts but a way of life and ingrained heavily in the culture of India. Amongst the various types of Indian sweets, the round shaped “Ladoo” is extremely popular in India. So much that even Lord Ganesha, the Indian elephant god is seen holding a ladoo in his hand. In fact, his favourite food is none other than the ladoo. There is no other way to please Lord Ganesh than offering him ladoos.

You just can’t escape the ladoo in India. You’ll find them in restaurants, the dhabas, stand-alone eateries and even on the streets stalls. Whether it’s a party, a birthday, a wedding or a religious ceremony, you’ll find ladoos being served. Basically, ladoos can be served any time and on any occasion.

Although they are typically made of flour, sugar, chickpea flour, coconuts cooked in “ghee” (clarified butter); there are numerous varieties of ladoos and various ways of making it. There are besan ke ladoo, motichoor ladoo, boondi ke ladoo, urad ladoo, modak ladoo, sesame ladoo, coconut ladoos and many more.

Motichoor Ladoo
Motichoor Ladoo

Out of these, I would like to mention my favourite, the motichoor ladoo. The word “moti” means peals and “choor” means powered. Therefore the motichoor ladoo literally means balls of pearl. And indeed they are the cutest and the most delicious of all Indian sweets. These ladoos are made of gram flour, semolina, ghee and garnished with almond powder.

Motichoor ladoo recipe

The motichoor ladoos are not difficult to make. The idea is to make dough from gram or chickpea flour and fry the droplets of dough called “boondis” using a perforated spoon or drainer in ghee. The boondis are then soaked in sugar syrup. They are then rolled into small balls in the palm of the hands to form ladoos. Finally they are garnished with pistachios or almonds.

Here’s a good video for making these motichoor ladoos.

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42 thoughts on “Try the delicious motichoor ladoo

  • November 14, 2012 at 3:28 am
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    Laddus are great, I too like them to the fullest. It makes good snacks too.

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  • November 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm
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    I love Indian sweets. My favorite has always been the ras malai.Just cant get enough of them.When I at the Indian shops I buy the royal sweets variety because we cant get them fresh.I will try the ladoo, the look delicious.

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    • November 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm
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      I too love Rasmalias. They have always been my favourite as well. Next time you are at an India, do lookout for the ladoos, you will like them. Thank you for Alan for your comment.
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  • November 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm
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    Mmm, I’m sweets lover, especially Indian Ladoo and Ras Malai types are too yummy.

    Thanks for writing on this Shalu.
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  • November 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm
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    Those looks so tasty. I would love to try them.

    Can you buy them? I would probably eat all of them at one time.

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  • November 15, 2012 at 4:23 am
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    Love that. I feel so satisfied by it. It looks really delish.

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  • November 15, 2012 at 5:31 am
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    I love ladoo and other Indian sweets made with gee. I’ve had it only once or twice but absolutely loved it.
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    • November 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm
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      Hi Salika, I am glad you like the ladoo, they have always been my favourite as well.
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  • November 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm
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    Looks delicious! Would love to try them but Indian food can be hard to come by sometimes in Italy…
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  • November 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm
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    I also love ladoo. I have an Indian friend who brought me this one. My kids are also in love with this sweets.

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    • November 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm
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      Sarah, thats great. I am glad that you and the kids like them. Thanks for your comment.
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  • November 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm
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    I haven’t tasted any Indian sweets yet, but I will be sure to have A LOT when I go to India next year. I am so excited to be there for Holi!
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    • November 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm
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      Aleah, please do try them. I am sure you’ll like them. Thanks for your comment.
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  • November 16, 2012 at 9:56 am
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    I LOOOVE Indian sweets! But I never tried this one – if I can’t find them anywhere down here in Australia, I might try to make them myself!

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  • November 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm
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    Motichur laddoo are awesome. this is a common sweet we offer in temples!
    There are many types though?
    laddoo with small pieces and ladoos with large pieces.
    right?
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    • November 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm
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      Anchit, these ladoos are extremely popular as prasad at the temples. Thanks for your comment.
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  • November 17, 2012 at 4:55 am
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    Hi Shalu,

    Laddu is one of the favorite sweets item here in Bangladesh. People use it in different festivals like Eid, Puja and other traditional festivals.

    Regards
    Sara Fargoons

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  • November 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm
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    This treat is absolutely mouth-watering. I’ll be watching the video demo for cooking the mootichoor ladoo and hopefully, I could nail the original taste.

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  • November 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm
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    I’m a huge fan of sweets and I can’t wait to try this too. It looks delicious! Thanks!

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  • November 18, 2012 at 7:15 pm
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    I love sweets and this sure looks appetizing! Thanks for sharing more about it!

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  • November 20, 2012 at 11:08 am
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    Thanks Shalu! Another gourmet treat for the foodie in me!

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  • November 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm
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    Hi Shalu Ji….
    well motichoor Laddoo’s are my wife’s fav.
    She loves laddoo very much….I like besan k Laddoo more than motichoor.

    Well sweets are weakness of every indian….. thats why we have thousands type of sweets
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  • November 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm
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    Really very Interesting and Yummy post is this !

    I like sweets and specially jalebi.At Diwali I have eaten many sweets and I think i will not give a try to taste them again soon.
    Thanks for the recipe which you shared here.I would like to make them own.

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  • November 22, 2012 at 8:19 am
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    I love motichoor ladoo too. We have this famous temple of Moti Dungri hanesh Ji in Jaipur and I love the prasada there. Indian sweets are class apart and ladoos are on the top of my list along with Aalpua and Rasagullas.

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    • November 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm
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      Richa, motichoor ladoos are great. I love them too. Thanks for your comment.
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  • November 23, 2012 at 8:12 am
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    Hello Shalu Mam,
    You made me remind the special ladoos from the Siddhivinayak Temple Mumbai..every member of my family brings extra packets of those prasadam ladoos for me whenever they visit siddhivinayak mandir..I remember as a child my mom and aunt used to make those at the time of Ganesh Chaturthi and we all cousins would love to steal one from the ready tray ….
    Thanks For sharing….
    Regards

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    • November 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm
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      Thank you Bhavik for comment. I have not tried the Siddhivinayak Temple Mumbai but hope to do some time.
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  • November 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm
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    A definite treat for tourists. Thanks for the recipe. I am going to have to try it myself! 🙂

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  • November 26, 2012 at 12:52 am
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    I have heard great things about these little treats and now it looks like I will have to make some too

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  • November 26, 2012 at 7:18 am
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    I just love motichoor ladoo…when my father or somebody take motichoor ladoo then most of them are eaten by me….I can eat 1kg motichoor ladoo at a time..ha ha ha

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  • December 1, 2012 at 10:31 am
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    I really like Native indian candies. My preferred has always been the ras malai.Just cant get enough of them.When I at the Native indian stores I buy the elegant candies wide range because we cant get them clean.I will try the ladoo, the look delightful.

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  • December 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm
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    Ladoo is my favorite one! Its so tasty delicious and everyone likes this recipe very much. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  • April 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm
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    Shalu ji your blogs are awesome. My mouth started watering while I was reading your blog. Motichoor laddo made in desi ghee tastes second to only gulab jamuns (made by Qadir Halwai, Allahabad. )

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  • August 17, 2014 at 4:32 am
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    There is nothing better than a box full of Indian Sweets on every occasion and ladoos are one of my favorite! 🙂
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  • April 15, 2015 at 3:07 pm
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    Yummy looking !! I love to eat any kinds of sweets food. And here the food are really interesting to me and I can’t wait to try eating this food.

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  • May 4, 2015 at 7:05 am
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    I Like Indian sweets. My favorite has always been the ras malai.Just cant get enough of them.When I at the Indian shops I buy the royal sweets variety because we cant get them fresh.I will try the ladoo, the look delicious

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  • October 9, 2015 at 6:06 am
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    I love this recipes.recently when i have isited india i get a chance to eat it.then learned GHEE present in it has lots of health benefits and in fact better found out it is better that than oil.
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  • November 18, 2015 at 10:56 am
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    Who dont love Indian desserts, isn’t it! Mainly laddoo’s. Motichoor ladoo is one of the favorite Indian sweet recipe for everyone. Thanks a lot for showing making process very clearly.
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