Try the delicious motichoor ladoo

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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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43 thoughts on “Try the delicious motichoor ladoo

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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. )

  7. 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

  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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.
    Twitter:

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