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by dassana amit updated October 22, 2013

sabudana ladoo recipe

sabudana ladoo - a sweet recipe which is good for fasting as well as during festival days. sabudana or tapioca pearls is one ingredient which is much used during fasting or vrats in india. you can make sabudana khichdi, vada, thalipeeth, kheer, bhel or cutlets with them.

this method of making sabudana ladoos were shared by my mom. she had seen this on a tv show. she only saw the way these ladoos are made and told me the method. i had no inkling of the quantity of the ingredients that need to be used. so just eyeballed everything and made the recipe.

the original one uses ghee. i have used oil. now the difference between using oil and ghee is quite apparent in sweets like ladoos. firstly the ladoos don’t have the aroma of ghee. secondly after cooling down, the ghee will solidify at room temperature and give a nice hold and shape to the ladoos. this does not happen with oil. the ladoos do hold shape but not like the ones made with ghee. the ladoos made with ghee are dense but the ones made with oil are a little loose.

as a vegan, i have very limited options in india when making indian sweets as far as ingredients are concerned. the other best option apart from ghee is coconut oil. however, since the ladoos have already desiccated coconut in them, i did not add coconut oil. i did not want too much of coconut flavor in these ladoos.

i have added hot oil later too, as i realized that the 4 tbsp oil i used to fry the cashews was not enough to bind the ladoos. with all the limitations and setbacks, these ladoos were good. they do stick in the teeth as its the nature of tapioca pearls to become sticky and gluey.

despite this, the sabudana ladoos tasted awesome and you will like them even more, if you are fond of having coconut in sweets. so do give this sabudana ladoo a try if you are looking for a different variety of ladoo, you want to make for festive or fasting occasions.

few other ladoo recipes on the blog which you might like to check are dry fruits ladoo, coconut ladoo, besan ladoo and maladu or maa laddu.

lets start step by step sabudana ladoo recipe:

1. roast the sabudana (tapioca pearls) in a kadai or pan in a low flame. this step takes a long time… about 30 mins. you have to stir continuously. the pearls swell a bit and become crunchy and light brown when nicely roasted. if you bite, they won’t be crisp as fried sabudana pearl….. but you can bite into it.

2. as mentioned above, this process of roasting take approx 25 to 30 minutes on a low flame. you can see in the pic the color and texture of the pearls. cool the pearls completely and then grind to a fine powder in a dry grinder.

3. lightly roast the desiccated coconut for 2-3 minutes.  no need to brown the coconut.

4. in the same pan where you have roasted the coconut, add the ground sabudana powder.

5. add powdered sugar and mix well.

6. heat oil/ghee in a pan. add chopped cashews and fry them till golden.

7. pour this whole mixture of oil and browned cashews into the sabudana mixture. also add cardamom powdered and nutmeg.

8. mix very well.

9. when the mixture is still slightly hot or warm. make medium sized balls from it.

10. make all the ladoos in a similar way. sabudana ladoo are ready to be served.

11. you can also store the sabudana ladoos in an air tight container in a fridge for a week or so. enjoy the sabudana ladoos.

sabudana ladoo

if you are looking for more fasting recipes then do check roasted makhana, kaddu halwa, aloo paneer kofta, kuttu ka paratha and aloo chaat,

sabudana ladoo recipe details below:

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sabudana ladoo - makes 9-10 ladoos
 
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sabudana ladoo - an indian sweet made from tapioca pearls.
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Recipe type: desserts
Cuisine: indian
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sabudana (tapoica pearls)
  • ¾ cup dessicated unsweetened coconut
  • ½ or ⅔ cup powdered sugar or as required
  • 6 to 6.5 tbsp oil or ghee
  • 9 to 10 cashews, chopped
  • 4-5 cardamoms, powdered
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
Instructions
  1. roast the sabudana (tapoica pearls) in a kadai or pan on a low flame.
  2. they will swell a bit and become crunchy and light brown.
  3. this process will take approx 25 to 30 minutes on a low flame.
  4. cool the pearls completely and then grind to a fine powder in a dry grinder.
  5. also lightly roast the coconut for 2-3 minutes.
  6. no need to brown the coconut.
  7. in the same pan where you have roasted the coconut, add the ground sabudana powder and sugar.
  8. mix well and keep aside.
  9. heat the 5 or 6 tbsp oil/ghee in a small pan.
  10. add chopped cashews and fry them till golden.
  11. pour this whole mixture of oil and browned cashews into the sabudana + coconut + sugar mixture.
  12. also add cardamom powdered and nutmeg.
  13. stir very well with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  14. then when the mixture is still lightly hot or warm, make medium sized balls from it.
  15. sabudana ladoo are ready to be served.
  16. you can also store sabudana ladoos in an air tight container in the fridge for a week.


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vani March 1, 2014 1

Just tried it… Its really nice nd easy to cook… Thnks for posting… :-)

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dassana amit March 1, 2014 2

welcome vani

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alma February 16, 2014 3

Hi, my husband is allergic to cashew nuts so what other types of nuts can I use. Also this is the first time I’ve been on this website and am finding it very enjoyable and exciting. Love it sooooo much. Haven’t made anything yet, insha Allah will make something tomorrow. Do you have any sweet recipes for diabetics as I am one. Thanks.

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dassana amit February 16, 2014 4

thanks. you can use almonds or pistachios or any another nut. there is only one sweet recipe on the blog made without adding sugar. a laddoo made with dry fruits and dates. here is the link – http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/dry-fruits-ladoo-recipe/
there is a banana bread which many readers have adapted with other sweeteners – http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/banana-bread-eggless-vegan-recipe/
a reader has made this eggless orange cake with stevia – http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/eggless-orange-cake/

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kavya November 1, 2013 5

This recipe seems very easy n a different dessert for many festivals n vrats..i have made this at hom n enjoyed

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umesh September 14, 2013 6

Wish u all very happy Ganesh Chaturthi festival ,Thank You Very much.

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dassana September 14, 2013 7

Wish you the same, Umesh

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umesh August 6, 2013 8

That’s Indian real dish I like it very much,Thank you.

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Yvonne @ bitterbaker August 4, 2013 9

These look delicious! I’ve never tried this before, but I feel very intrigued to do so :)

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geetha Nair August 3, 2013 10

I will surely try this out .Looks tasty

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Kumar's Kitchen August 2, 2013 11

adorable laddoos, sabudana is an unusually good ingredient to be made into ladoos :-)

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renu August 2, 2013 12

interesting

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Nupur August 1, 2013 13

Hi Dassana, I didnt know that you are a Vegan. I am wondering how difficult it would have been for you initially to cook Indian Desserts since Milk and ghee are used extensively in Indian sweets. What are the options that you use for substituting then ?

Which brand and quality of Coconut Oil do you use ? I have never cooked with Coconut oil and would like to try :) Cheers
Nupur

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dassana August 1, 2013 14

hi nupur. it does become challenging for indian sweets. i use almond milk for making most of the indian sweets like gajar halwa, barfi etc. kheers i make with almond or coconut milk. to give a khoya like effect i use almond meal. there is no substitute for ghee. so either i use vegetable oil or coconut oil. i use the virgin coconut oil which is usually sold in bottles in goa. its pure coconut oil without any additives etc.

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Poornima August 1, 2013 15

Good and nutritious ladoos.. My mom makes similar ladoos with roasted gram dhal..

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dassana August 1, 2013 16

thanks. similar ladoos are made with chana dal and even peanuts.

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Charul @ Tadka Masala August 1, 2013 17

Wow, I have not even heard about these, let alone tasting. Have to try now.

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Raks August 1, 2013 18

Looks really good, should be nice, lovely clicks as usual :)

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suhani August 1, 2013 19

Beautifully made ladoos..

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dassana August 1, 2013 20

thanks suhani.

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