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Moong Dal Ladoo

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Moong Dal Ladoo

Moong Dal Ladoos are traditional Indian festive sweets. Ladoos are made with different roasted flours or lentils, ghee and sugar. You will find ladooes for every celebration.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 14 ladoos


  • 1 cup moong dal (washed)
  • 3/4 cup fine sugar
  • 1/4 cup ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2 Tbsp almonds (crushed)
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder (ilachi)


  1. In a heavy bottom frying pan, roast moong dal over medium low heat. Keep stir-frying till its light brown in color and becomes aromatic. Make sure cook on low heat otherwise dal will not be toasted inside. This will take about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer into a plate and let it cool to the room temperature.
  2. Once the dal comes to room temperature, grind it to a fine powder.
  3. In a bowl mix roasted dal powder, sugar, cardamom powder and crushed almonds. All the ingredients should be mix well. Keep aside.
  4. Melt the ghee, ghee should be warm, pour the warm ghee over dal mixture and mix it well. Take 2 tablespoons of mix in your palm and make them into balls. If the laddu is not holding shape, add more about 1 tablespoon of melted warm ghee and mix well. Make laddus with rest of the mixture.
  5. Store in an airtight container. The laddus will stay good for about two weeks.


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25 thoughts on “Moong Dal Ladoo

  1. Hi Manjula, you are so amazing….you have a way of making cooking seem easy as you simplify the steps, give hints and tips as if Mom was teaching her child. I have made your recipes including puri and naan …..although born in India I never thought I could produce any traditional Hindu food. Thanks for giving that confidence to your fans.

    Ok, my question about these laddoos is about storage. Fridge or pantry ( ie if they last!)?

    You are such an icon to me especially your catch phrase “Hello, I am Manjula…welcome to Manjula’s kitchen.” ❤️

  2. Hi Manjula,

    I love this recipe. I want to try it, but my hubby and kid do not like the smell of ghee. Can it be substituted with oil or anything else?

  3. Manjula, I’ve been visiting your website for years. It is amazing. Your skills, as a cook and as a teacher are fantastic. I was born and raised in the UK, in a traditional British family, but following your recipes, all my Hindu friends rave about how I now cook.
    I have referred several of them to your website, and they are also amazed at how good your cooking is.
    You’re a real internet star!

  4. Manjula, your videos have taught me how to cook Indian cuisine – everything from methi parathas to besan ladoos. Thank you so much! I am so grateful. Happy Diwali!!

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