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.
Roasated Channa Dal/Pottu Kadalai - 1 cupSugar - 1 cups as per original recipe but I used 3/4th cup
Elachi- 3 podsRoasted Cashews - 1/4 cup
Melted Ghee/Clarified Butter - 1/2 cupMy 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.
3. Add ghee a little at a time and form balls.