maladu recipe | maa ladoo | roasted gram ladoo

Maladu or roasted gram ladoo Recipe with step by step photos. Maladu also known as ‘Maa ladoo’ is a popular South Indian ladoo variety.

Maladu are made from roasted gram or roasted chana dal. These roasted gram ladoos are made during festive occasions in Tamil Nadu. These are quick and easy ladoo made with few ingredients… Ideal to make during Diwali festival.

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These maa ladoos do taste different from Besan ladoos, but are nonetheless good. For binding them, I have used ghee. Vegan can make these maa ladoo with coconut oil but the taste of coconut oil will be there in the ladoos.

Give these quick maa ladoos a try this Diwali festival. They are ready under 15 minutes. They are not only delicious but very nutritious and healthy also.

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maladu recipe

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Maladu or maa ladoo recipe - quick South Indian ladoo made from roasted gram or roasted chana dal.
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Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:2 mins
Total Time:12 mins
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):10 ladoo
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1 cup roasted bengal gram or roasted chana dal
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 green cardamoms (chotti elaichi)
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg (jaiphal)
  • 10 to 12 cashews, chopped - (kaju)
  • 1 tablespoon golden raisins
  • ¼ cup ghee - remove 1 tablespoon from this ghee to fry the dry fruits


  • First powder the chana dal in a dry grinder or coffee grinder to a fine powder consistency.
  • Seive the ground chana dal.
  • Powder the sugar with cardamom seeds
  • Sieve the powdered sugar also in the same pan.
  • Add the grated nutmeg too.
  • Mix the sifted chana dal flour and powdered sugar.
  • Fry cashews in 1 tbsp ghee.
  • Remove and add them to the chana dal flour
  • Now in the same ghee fry the raisins till plump
  • Add the raisins along with ghee
  • In the same pan heat up the remaining ghee and add it to the ladoo mixture.
  • Keep the ladoo mixture pan on low flame and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Let the mixture cool and then form ladoos.
  • Serve maladu or keep them stored in an air tight container.
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Step by step roasted gram ladoo or maladu recipe:

1: take the roasted gram or chana dal in a dry grinder or coffee grinder. You can also slightly roast the chana dal before grinding.

roasted chana dal for maladu recipe

2: grind to a fine powder and seive the chana dal flour in a wide bowl or wide pan.

grinded roasted gram for maladu recipe

3: powder the sugar & cardamom seeds in a dry grinder and sieve it too in the same pan. Also add grated nutmeg to this mixture.

sugar for maladu recipe

4: heat 1 tbsp ghee in a small pan and fry cashews till golden. Remove and add them to the ladoo mixture.

fry cashews for maladu recipe

5: in the same ghee, add the raisins and fry till they swell.

fry raisins for maladu recipe

6: add the fried cashews and the raisins along with the ghee to the sieved chana dal and sugar mixture.

making maladu recipe

7: melt the remaining ghee in the same pan.

preparing maladu recipe

8: pour this melted ghee in the ladoo mixture.

making maladu recipe

9: mix with a spatula.

making maladu recipe

10: keep this pan on a low flame and roast the mixture for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously.

making maladu recipe

11: when the mixture is warm or cooled completely, make small or medium sized ladoos. Serve the maladu or roasted gram ladoos or store them in an air tight box.

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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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16 comments/reviews

  1. Hello Dassana…Is sattu ladoo.n maa.ladoo same?5 stars

    • shubha, it depends upon the sattu flour. some sattu flour have barley flour and wheat flour added to it. if only the sattu flour has roasted chana flour, then the laddu made from such a flour and maladu is same if sugar is used. in sattu laddu jaggery is added which gives a different taste. hope this helps.

    • Thank u so much …:-)

      • welcome shubha.

  2. I tried this & was really good, also tried rava kesari,atta ladoo,badam ladoo,poha ladoo & basundi,all came out well.Now its a daily routine to check ur website & try something new,thanks a lot

    • thank neena for sharing your positive views on all the recipes you have tried. glad to know. happy cooking.

  3. You have a great way of explaining recipes! Tried many of your recipes and have become a fan. Your blog has become my go to place now, i check here first before I even search google!! Thank you for all your efforts and keep up the good work.

    One suggestion on maladu, almond milk is a better alternate than coconut oil for vegans. In step 7, instead of melting the ghee just warm the milk (do not boil) and then follow the rest of the steps as it is.

    • thanks a ton anu. also thanks for the suggestions and alternatives. will help the readers.

  4. Hi Dassanaji, how are you.
    I have tried veg keema and it was very tasty.
    Have also made the piri piri sauce for the second time!
    Looking forward to try something new next time!
    Tc4 stars

    • thanks rajinder ji for the positive feedback. keep visiting the blog.

  5. Hi Dassanaji, how are you.
    I have tried the veg mince and it was very tasty.
    Have also made the piri piri sauce again!

    • have mailed you rajinder ji.

  6. wow…………i really love ladoo thanx for posting it..i really enjoyed this sweet very much..

  7. I love this recipe! Simple, healthy and nutty! I am surely going to try it!

  8. Hi Dassana, I tried a couple of recipes like crunchy bhindi,gujerati kadi and pav bhaji.
    They all turned out very nice, only my pav were a bit hard, don’t know why.
    For the bhindis I added a few drops of water to besan and gave less mess in the oil. Going to try veg mince next.
    Also tried peri peri sauce, very yum!

    • thanks rajinder. the yeast must have not proofed properly. hence the pav must have become hard. thats a good tip to add few drops of water in the besan.