Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Split Black Lentil Ladoo

Guess who is happy as well as miffed (in a pleasant sense) with my blogging - it's hubby dearest while he gets all thrilled with what I dish out, the sometimes inedible food :-$ not withstanding ; the thing that puts him off is the meat around the hips :D that creeps up every now & then. So, for this blog-hop, I made sure that the dish I picks up is something I never tried before , is filling as well as has a healthy tone to it. I settled on these Lentil sweet balls that tasted nice. 

I am paired with  Nisha who has a hearty space @ Nisha's KitchenHaving already heard about these protein-packed ladoos that is a traditional sweet of Andhra (South Indian State) , I was delighted when the recipe in her blog showed only 5 ingredients and promised a breezy preparation. 

A few changes to the recipe was essential - one , I used urad with skin on (a packet of it was lying unattended for quite some time) and second instead of using clarified butter/ghee for binding the mix, I used milk  as a healthier substitute and finally , I added little more sugar than suggested in the recipe (succumbing to my sweet tooth) and also because of the stonger flavour of the lentils

While the lentils with the skin on, not only has a stronger flavor compared to the skinned ones, the skin also is power-packed with a whole lot of nutrients & fibre.

Useful Pointers

You can use Skinned Urad dal for a milder flavour in the ladoos
To make it more healthy, you can substitute brown sugar/palm sugar in place of regular sugar
3.For more flavorsome ladoos, use clarified butter for binding the mix in place of milk
You can also add chopped dates to the nut mix to bring a healthier twist to the ladoos

What's in it :- (Medium Sized Balls - 15)
  • Split Urad Dal (Black Gramwith skin on) - 2 cups
  • Powdered Sugar  - 1 to 1 1/4 cup - to taste
  • Any nut of choice - a few - chopped (I used a blend of walnuts,cashews & pistachios)
  • Caradamom Powder - a few generous pinches
  • Clarified Butter/Ghee - 1 to 2 tbsp
  • Warm Milk - as required
Here's How :-

Dry roast the lentils until golden and grind it well.Pass it through a sieve to get a finer consistency. Add sugar and cardamom powder.Fry chopped nutsashews in ghee and add to the mixture.Pour warm milk as required into the mixture slowly enough to bind the mix.
Take a small quantity of the mix and gently shape them in to ball. Repeat for the rest. Enjoy.

It's off to radhika's Blog Hop Wednesdays-Week 11 as well as Susan's MLLA # 42 guest hosted by Kiran


  1. This Laddoo is very new to me, must say I am so amazed by the creative cooking of people like you..keep sharing!

  2. I know what you mean about putting on weight due to food blogging, ha. Never tried urad dal ladoos, intriguing!

  3. sounds very interesting,never tasted it before!!

  4. Sounds interesting..healthy and yummy ladoo

  5. Very new to me but i have heard about the nutritive value of whole unskinned urad dhal.. Laddoos look yum and easy to make..:))

  6. A very new recipe for me. Looks delicious

  7. I too make this....yummy ,tasty n healthy one

  8. never think &see this color laddoo but healthy and delicious

  9. Oh wow, this is great power packed snack, I only hope the taste is not to strong for young kids..would love to make it for my son!!

  10. Wat a healthy laddoos, definitely nutritious and power packed balls..

  11. interesting and delicious laddoos..

  12. n yummmy ladoos..nice presentation priya..:)
    Tasty Appetite