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10 minutes Maa Laado/Pottu Kadala/Roasted Channa Dal Ladoo

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 | 11:46 AM

Maa Laado or Pottu Kadala Ladoo is very famous in the Thirunelveli district. It is a big ball that is prepared and given for all functions and celebrations. Though it seems simple to prepare, one can easily identify a good Maa Ladoo. This recipe was given to me by my aunt Padhu Chithi who lives in the district and is a pro in preparing this sweet. My photo entry to Jugalbandi's Click for the month of May on Beans and Lentils.


Mixing Spoon


Roasated Channa Dal/Pottu Kadalai - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cups as per original recipe but I used 3/4th cup
Elachi- 3 pods
Roasted Cashews - 1/4 cup
Melted Ghee/Clarified Butter - 1/2 cup
My additions - Saffron -1/8th tsp
Camphor - a tiny pinch


1. Roast the pottu kadalai or roasted channa dal in the wok on medium heat for a few minutes to remove the raw smell.

2. Allow it to cool. Apart from ghee add the rest of the ingredients and powder well.

3. Add ghee a little at a time and form balls.


  1. thanks for your entry, dear srimathi.

  2. I love these sweet balls my mom used to make. Your recepies come very close to my mom's in taste. Bravo!

  3. My mouth is watering. The sweet balls looks very good.

  4. never knew that it is so easy to make maa ladoo

    i will try making these ladoos for this diwali am sure my kids will enjoy it!

  5. After removing the raw smell these are great balls

  6. Though we belong to madurai district we do the maa ladoos for diabetics also.


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