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. 

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A typical sweet shop in India. Source: amee@work’s photostream on Flickr

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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39 Responses to “Try the delicious motichoor ladoo”

  1. Jaquelin says:

    Laddus are great, I too like them to the fullest. It makes good snacks too.

  2. Alan says:

    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.

  3. Ehsan Ullah says:

    Mmm, I’m sweets lover, especially Indian Ladoo and Ras Malai types are too yummy.

    Thanks for writing on this Shalu.

  4. Michael Belk says:

    Those looks so tasty. I would love to try them.

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

  5. Maris King says:

    Love that. I feel so satisfied by it. It looks really delish.

  6. Salika Jay says:

    I love ladoo and other Indian sweets made with gee. I’ve had it only once or twice but absolutely loved it.

  7. Kenny ( says:

    Looks delicious! Would love to try them but Indian food can be hard to come by sometimes in Italy…

  8. Sarah Park says:

    I also love ladoo. I have an Indian friend who brought me this one. My kids are also in love with this sweets.

  9. Aleah says:

    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!

  10. Red Nomad OZ says:

    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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    Sara Fargoons

  13. Emilia says:

    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.

  14. Kristine says:

    I’m a huge fan of sweets and I can’t wait to try this too. It looks delicious! Thanks!

  15. Joy says:

    I love sweets and this sure looks appetizing! Thanks for sharing more about it!

  16. Kelly says:

    Thanks Shalu! Another gourmet treat for the foodie in me!

  17. 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

  18. Aabha kapoor says:

    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.

  19. Richa says:

    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.

  20. Bhavik Shah says:

    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….

  21. Stacey says:

    A definite treat for tourists. Thanks for the recipe. I am going to have to try it myself! :)

  22. Jonathan says:

    I have heard great things about these little treats and now it looks like I will have to make some too

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. Larry says:

    Ladoo is my favorite one! Its so tasty delicious and everyone likes this recipe very much. Thanks for sharing with us.

  26. Sunil S says:

    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. )

  27. Rajat says:

    There is nothing better than a box full of Indian Sweets on every occasion and ladoos are one of my favorite! :)

  28. Showhan says:

    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.

  29. 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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