When it comes to ladoo, this Moong Dal Laddu is a personal favorite. More so, because it is one of those delicious sweet offerings that I can make during Krishna Janmashtami as well. It’s not difficult, requires minimal ingredients and gets done within minutes. Moong Dal Ladoo is obviously made with husked, split moong lentils along with ghee, sugar and some flavoring with green cardamoms. These ladoo are quite addictive too, try ‘em to know.
About Moong Dal Laddu
Moong Dal Laddu is a classic, traditional sweet from the Andhra cuisine and also called Pesara Sunnundalu in Telugu language. These are protein rich sweet balls made with mung lentils flour, ghee, nuts and sweetened with sugar or jaggery.
The recipe of this Moong Dal Ladoo is similar to that of the Urad Dal Laddu which is again a special and unique sweet from Andhra. Though, the ladoo made with urad dal taste different, the flavor of the ones made with moong dal taste like another all-time favorite Besan Ladoo.
So, if you are a regular in making ladoo with besan for your festive occasions, then for a change, try the Moong Dal Laddu this time. I’m sure you, along with everyone you’ll serve it to, is going to love it. It will become a preferred one at your place, soon.
One very important thing that I want to bring to your notice is that it is important to roast the lentils or dals well, while making any lentil based ladoo.
Same is for this Moong Dal Ladoo as well. So, it is apt to use a thick bottomed pan or wok or kadai, so that the dal roasts evenly and as desired.
As I mentioned earlier, the Moong Dal Laddu is also great as a prasad or naivedyam offering to the deities. Other than this, it’s a perfect sweet snack, which is quite nutritious too and can be packed in tiffin boxes.
You can make about 9 to 10 ladoo with this recipe of mine, which can be double for making more number of ladoo. After preparing, I usually keep these ladoo at room temperature for a few days.
You can pack in airtight jars and refrigerate too. Although storing in the refrigerator turns the ladoo denser as the ghee solidifies.
How to make Moong Dal Laddu
Make Moong Dal Flour
1. Heat a thick bottomed pan or kadai or work on a low flame. Then, add 1 cup moong dal (husked and split mung lentils) in it.
If you want you can rinse the moong dal first. Spread the lentils on a plate/tray/cloth. Dry the lentils naturally or in sunlight. Once the lentils have dried, then add them in the kadai. If you want, you can add directly too.
2. Keep the heat to low or sim and begin to roast the moong dal.
3. Continue to stir often while roasting.
4. Keep on roasting and stirring for even browning and cooking.
5. The dal needs to be golden and become aromatic. Keep on stirring without a break once the dal begins to get light golden.
Also as I have mentioned before, use a thick bottomed pan or kadai. If the pan or kadai is not heavy or has a heavy base, then the moong dal will get browned too fast with uneven cooking and roasting.
6. This is the moong dal after 11 minutes of roasting.
7. Remove the dal in a plate and let it cool.
8. Once the lentils have become warm or cooled down, add them in a grinder jar.
9. Grind to a fine flour.
10. Now, take the moong dal flour in a fine sieve.
11. Begin to sift the flour on a plate, tray, large bowl or pan. Here are some of the moong dal grits remaining.
You can add these to rice, upma, dal or even veggies while cooking. Do use a fine sieve, otherwise you will get a gritty and grainy texture in the ladoo.
12. Keep the sifted moong dal flour aside.
13. In the same grinder, add ⅓ cup sugar and cardamom seeds from 2 to 3 green cardamom pods.
14. Grind sugar to a fine powder.
Make Ladoo Mixture
15. Add the powdered sugar to the moong dal flour. If you want, you can even sift the sugar and then add.
16. Mix very well.
17. Now, melt ¼ cup ghee in a pan. You just need to melt the ghee and not heat it.
If adding dry fruits or nuts like raisins, almonds or cashews – you can add some sliced or chopped dry fruits at this step and sauté till they become light golden.
18. Add the melted ghee to moong dal flour-sugar mixture.
19. Mix very well with a spatula or spoon.
20. Let this mixture become warm or cool down.
21. Then, mix again very well with your hands.
22. You can see here a dough being formed, when the mixture is getting mixed.
Make Moong Dal Laddu
23. Then, start taking portions of the mixture and shaping to a neat round ball. If you are not able to make the ladoo, then allow the mixture to cool for some more time at room temperature.
The ladoo should be smooth. If the mixture looks dry or the laddu has cracks, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons more ghee. Mix again and begin to make balls.
24. Prepare more ladoo like this with the rest of the mixture.
25. You can offer Moong Dal Laddu to the deities as naivedyam or serve to your family. Store the remaining ladoo in an air tight box or jar and keep at room temperature or refrigerate.
More With Moong Dal
If you though that moong dal was only capable of giving you more dishes in the salty or savory category, then you’re quite wrong. For instance, take a look at this Moong Dal Ladoo itself. It is a sweet, and a really amazing one.
Just like this ladoo, here are some more sweet dishes where the hero ingredient is our humble moong dal. You really can’t miss trying on each of these.
- Moong Dal Halwa – This is one of the quintessential, rich halwa from North India. Yes, it is heavy and sinful because of the quantity of ghee and sugar that goes in its preparation. But after all, what’s life without a bit of a binge at times. Plus, that then automatically becomes the motivation for you to exercise or run a few extra miles!
- Pasi Paruppu Payasam – Talk of moong dal or any other dal for that matter, and you can’t really go ahead without mentioning their use in making luscious South Indian desserts. This creamy and decadent moong dal payasam is just that. It is vegan and quite hearty as well because it mainly uses moong lentils, coconut milk and jaggery.
- Sweet Pongal – Come Pongal, the harvest festival in South India; come Pongal, its namesake dish. This recipe is a sweet version, which is basically a porridge of rice and moong lentils, flavored with cardamom and dry fruits. This variation is also called the Sakkarai or Chakkara Pongal whereas the savory one is known as Venn Pongal.
- Before beginning to roast the moong lentils, you can rinse it as well, just to be sure that it is free of any stones or other particles. After rinsing, spread the moong dal on a tray and let it dry naturally or in sunlight before adding to the pan.
- Always use a heavy bottomed kadai or pan to roast the dal. If it is not so, then the lentils with brown quickly with uneven cooking/roasting.
- After sifting the ground moong dal, there may be some grits remaining in the sieve. Use these in your dal, rice, upma or veggies while cooking. Makes them more nutritious.
- If you are adding chopped nuts or dry fruits in these ladoo, fry them in the ghee till light golden. Remove and keep aside. This is before adding the moong dal-sugar mixture to the ghee.
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Moong Dal Laddu
Moong Dal Laddu are nutty sweet balls made with moong lentils, ghee, sugar and flavored with green cardamoms. These Moong Dal Ladoo are quite addictive too.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Roasting and preparing moong dal flour
Heat a thick bottomed pan or kadai on a low flame. Then add moong dal.
If you want you can rinse the moong dal first. Spread the lentils on a plate or tray or on a cloth.
Dry the moong dal naturally or in sunlight. Once the mung lentils have dried, then add them to the wok or kadai. If you want you can add directly too.
Keep the flame on low or sim and begin to roast the moong dal.
Continue to stir often while roasting. Keep on roasting and stirring for even browning and cooking.
The moong dal needs to be golden and become aromatic. Use a thick bottomed pan or kadai.
If the pan or kadai is not heavy or has a heavy base, then the moong dal will get browned too fast with uneven cooking and roasting.
Remove the dal in a plate and let it cool.
Once the lentils have become warm or cooled down, add them in a grinder jar.
Grind to a fine flour.
Now take the moong dal flour in a fine seive.
Begin to sift the flour on a plate or tray or a large bowl or pan.
Keep the sifted moong dal flour aside.
In the same grinder, add ⅓ cup sugar. Also add cardamom seeds removed from 2 to 3 green cardamom pods.
Grind sugar to a fine powder.
Making moong dal ladoo
Add the powdered sugar to the moong dal flour. If you want you can even sift the sugar and then add. Mix very well.
Melt ¼ cup ghee in a pan. You just need to melt the ghee and not heat it.
If adding dry fruits, you can add some sliced or chopped dry fruits at this step and saute them in ghee till they become light golden.
Add the melted ghee to moong dal flour and sugar mixture.
Mix very well with a spatula or spoon.
Let this mixture become warm or cool.
Then mix again very well with your hands.
Now start shaping portions of the mixture into neat round balls. If you are not able to make the ladoo, then allow to cool for some more time at room temperature.
Prepare ladoo like this with all of the mixture.
You can offer these Moong Dal Laddu to the deities as naivedyam or serve to your family.
Store the remaining Moong Dal Ladoo in an air tight box or jar and keep at room temperature or refrigerate.
- Use yellow moong lentils that are within their shelf-period.
- You can also use jaggery to make these laddu. Try to use the softer variety of jaggery. If you use jaggery powder, then grind it to a fine powder in a mixer-grinder before adding to the moong dal flour.
- In case if you are not able to shape into laddu, add a few tablespoons of melted ghee to the mixture. Mix well with a spoon and let the mixture cool a bit before you start shaping into laddu.
- The recipe is scaleable to make for a smaller portion or for more servings.
- Approximate nutrition info is for 1 moong dal ladoo.
Moong Dal Laddu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Vitamin A 23IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 2µg2%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 125µg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This Moong Dal Laddu recipe post from the blog archives first published in August 2016 has been updated on 30th July 2022.