Roasted gram dal ladoo or maladu or chutney dal laddu recipe – Easy to prepare Indian diwali sweet

Maa ladoo recipe with step by step photos. Maladu or maa ladoo recipe is a quick and delicious Indian sweet made roasted gram dal, sugar, ghee, cardamom powder and nuts. It is especially made during festive occasions like Diwali. Maa ladoo is also called as pottukadalai urundai in Tamil nadu and this ladoo is made with few ingredients easily available at home. They are not only nutritious but can be prepared within 30 minutes.


  • Roasted gram dal or chutney dal - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom pods - 3 to 4
  • Ghee - 1/2 cup
  • Cashewnuts - 10
  • Raisins - 10


Step 1


Step 2

Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a pan or kadai. Add cashewnuts and stir fry till light brown. Then add raisins and stir till they pop up. Remove them in a plate and keep aside. IMG_5133

Step 3

In the same pan, add chutney dal and saute for 2-3 minutes on a medium flame. IMG_5131 Switch off the flame. Remove the dal in a plate and allow it to cool down.

Step 4

Once cooled down, grind the chutney dal in a mixer to a fine powder. Sieve them directly in a mixing bowl.

Step 5

Now grind the sugar and cardamom seeds together into a fine powder. Sieve them also directly in the above mixing bowl.

Step 6

Mix both sieved dal and sugar together. Add fried cashewnuts and raisins and combine together. IMG_5134

Step 7

Melt the remaining ghee in a pan. Add ghee to the mixture little by little till you get the binding consistency of the mixture for making ladoos. IMG_5137

Step 8

When the mixture is warm, make it into round balls. IMG_5147

Step 9

Store the ladoos in an airtight container in room temperature. It stays fresh for 3-4 days.

Step 10

NOTES/TIPS: You can add more sugar if you want a little more sweeter. If the mixture is not binding enough, add little ghee or milk and bind. In that case the shelf life of ladoos will be reduced.

2 Responses to Roasted gram dal ladoo or maladu or chutney dal laddu recipe – Easy to prepare Indian diwali sweet

  1. Vijayantimala Ramsewaksing says:

    I like your recipes. I am from the Netherlands, but sometimes i have some problems, when i try to make a cake. In India everybody uses the measurments of cups, but here we are used to grams and when liquisd in ml. How do i have to convert this into ml of grams.

    • Charulata says:

      Thank you ma’am for liking my recipes…You can easily convert cups into grams and ml. 1 cup is equal to 225 grams and 1 cup liquid is approx 240 ml. Hope this will help you in preparing dishes.

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