Maaladu – Roasted Spilt gram Ladoo

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Diwali feast has begun… with sweets n savouries… I was just soo excited when I made my first sweet for this festival yesterday… That too my most favourite one… never really tried hands at making them from scratch.. coz I love it the way my Amma does it.. No one can beat tat flavour 🙂
I remember burning my hands 2 years back… when I tried to make a ladoo’s… but then I ditched the whole process…

Uh… I was a total amateur then.. Definitely feel progressed…. in my cooking skills…..
This is my first try at it .. I am just making for 1 cup. I cud make them in 1/2 an hour.
Got this recipe from my Amma yesterday….. Find below her notes..


Potukadali / Split Dalia / Roasted Chana Dal ****1 Cup
Sugar1 Cup
Fresh GheeAs required to make the ladu’s ( roughly 3-4 big spatulas)
Cardamon2 -3 Nos
CashewnutsAbout 10 of them broken into small pieces

 *** Roasted Split gram/Chana Dal

This measurement got me 12 medium sized laddu’s.


  • Dry Roast Pottukadalai for about 2 minutes in low flame and then grind them into a fine powder.
  • Grind Sugar along with cardamon into a fine powder .
  • Fry Cashewnuts in 1 tsp of ghee until they turn slightly brown.Mix all all of them together

    and now add hot ghee. Make sure … DO NOT PUT YOUR HANDS IN THEM right away. Use a big Spatula to mix them first evenly. Now make small laddu shaped balls with your hands when warm.

  • Let it cool for few minutes… coz it will definitely harden a bit.

I know its irresistible… but the real taste could be enjoyed when the balls harden slightly .

Kitchen Notes :
Grind the pottukadalai into a fine powder. Not rava like.
Make sure to use a Spatula for stirring the powders and not with the Hand.
Do not use a plastic bowl for this preparation as the hot ghee would corrode the plastic.

Event Time….

Sending them to
Priya’s Diwali 2009 event
Purva’s Diwali Dhamaka

Have a rocking Diwali with your family n friends….
I definitely promise you a full feast from the Diwali Celebrations soooon…..


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Comments (31)

  • Nice laddooo…

  • Yummyilicious Maaladu, diwali wishes to you and ur family Sandhya.

  • Perfect sweet for the joyous occasion! I am sure, it was lip smacking!
    Happy Diwali to you and your family!! 🙂

  • Mmmm yummy sandhya..! Good work..!

  • do u know something called porulangai urundai?? is it the same as above ??

  • Porulangai urandai… is different from maaladu…
    Porulangai is something thats very hard.. and this one is soft.. and a has got a different taste.

  • The laddoos look yummy dear..

  • They look yummy dear..:)

  • Happy Diwali.

  • Yummy ladoos,Wish u & ur family happy diwali!

  • Hi Sandhya, Nice ladoos. Wish u & ur family a happy diwali .

  • Ladoos are yummy………..Happy Diwali.

  • Yummy laddoos Sandhya. Good start for your festivities.

  • Wish u and ur family a very happy & a prosperous diwali sandhya..hope it brings lots of happiness and luck…and the laddoos look yum

  • That sure looks yummm…Happy Deepawali Sandhya !!!!

  • nice ladoo dear…happy diwali too. kurach sweets parcel ayichu tha

  • Laddoos looks good! HAPPY DIWALI

  • Yummy Laddoos dear, well explained!

    Happy diwali to you and your family dear Sandhya, may this diwali light up your life with prosperity and lots of happiness!!!

  • Happy Diwali to you and your familus Sandhya… laddoos look yumm… perfect for Diwali.

  • This is my favorite also.. I love the variation with the Ullunthu maavu also. Looks lovely.. bet it would have melted in your mouths!

  • Inviting laddus Sandhya! Wish you and Your family a prosperous & Joyous Diwali!

  • lovely laddoos Sandhya… I want one too…

  • Sandy sounds way moe cooler than Sandhya:)hehehe, my first time here, and love your space!

    btw, I'm back to blogging after my motherhood break, and hope you can find some time to make some goodies for my Sweet celebration event

  • Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. You have an awesome space. Maaladu is one of my favorites.Looks yummy:).

  • Yummy ladoos! Happy Diwali!

  • Happy Diwali,Sandhya!Yummy laddus!

  • wonderful and yummy ladoos..

  • never tried this before,looks and sounds good!

    Happy Diwali to you and your family!

  • Lovely ladoos, wishes for a happy & prosperous Diwali .

  • Wishing U and ur family Happy Diwali
    They look tempting and perfect entry for the event

  • Wow… i love this, looks so yummy.


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