Moong Dal Ladoo is one of the oldest and widely popular desserts of India. Traditional Moong Dal Ladoo is made by cooking moong puree in ghee on low flame till the right halwa like consistency is formed and then dry fruits and sweetener is added and laddoo is formed by rolling the warm moong dal halwa between palms. But it also has a lighter version which is more popular as snack rather than dessert. In this light weighted moong ladoo, dal is dry roasted and grinded with sweetener, and mixed with ghee to form ladoo. This is healthy, slightly sweet and nutritious as you can get proteins from the lentil, carbohydrate from sweetener and nutrition from various nuts and ghee. So let’s start..
- Yellow Moong dal - 1 1/4 cup
- Sugar - 3/4 cup
- Ghee (clarified butter) - ¼ cup
- Dry fruits - ¼ cup (cashew, almonds, pistachio)
- Cardamom powder - 2 pinches
- Saffron strands - 7-8
1. Soak washed moong dal in slightly warm water for 50-60 mins.
2. Drain the water and spread the moong dal on a flat surface to air dry them. It is an optional process to get lentils dried before cooking.
3. Take moong dal in a heavy bottomed pan/wok and dry roast by stirring continuously on medium low flame.
4. Roast lentil until color is changed slightly darker. Or simply wait till you smell the nice aroma of roasted moong
5. Remove the roasted lentil immediately from pan and allow to cool down completely.
6. Once done make fine powder of roasted lentil in mixer grinder. Powder the sugar in the same jar.
7. Take a large bowl and sift both lentil flour and sugar through sieve, twice if possible. Discard the lumps and larger grains, if there is any.
8. In a small pan melt ghee (just melt it, do not heat) on stovetop and pour the ghee in flour sugar mixture little by little and mix quickly with spatula.
9. Once mixture has soaked all ghee and coming together add dry fruits, saffron and cardamom powder mix again and nicely knead it with your palms and make round balls out of it.
10. Roll the ball between your palms to form smooth laddoo.
11. Do the same with rest of the mixture dough. Keep the dough covered when working on one laddoo.
Your moong Dal Ladoo is ready to serve. You can sprinkle some crushed pistachios or stick some silver leaf on top.
Hope you enjoyed my recipe. Stay tuned and enjoy..