Motichoor Laddoo

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When we think of festival time and sweets in India, then motichoor laddoos are one of the very first ones to come to mind, as they are auspicious sweets and Ganesha’s favorite.

These laddoos are made with water droplets sized balls of gram flour & semolina batter, fried in oil and soaked in sugar syrup with nuts & melon seeds. Finally formed into laddoos. Yum!

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time         Cook Time            Total Time                    Yields

25 mins                 15 mins                 40 mins                     20-22 laddoo


Besan (gram flour) – 2 ½ cups

Sooji (semolina) – 3 tablespoons

Sugar – 1 ½ cup

Water – 1-½ cups

Cardamom powder – ½ teaspoon

Baking soda – ½ teaspoon

Orange color – 1 pinch

Almonds – 10 (blanched and half crushed & half thinly sliced)

Pistachio – 10 (blanched and crushed)

Cashew nuts – 10 (finely chopped)

Melon seeds – 3 tablespoons

Ghee (clarified butter) – 2 tablespoons

Oil for frying


  • Start by making sugar syrup (chasni) by adding water and sugar, it should be of one thread consistency. Add the orange color and mix well. Keep aside.
  • While the syrup is cooking, mix well besan, sooji, baking soda and pinch of orang color and 1 teaspoon of melted ghee. Mix and also add water to form a very runny batter and avoid any lumps in the batter.
  • Heat oil in a large pan or large wok and when it is fully hot, using a small colander or a perforated ladle pour the runny batter to make tiny water droplet like tiny balls. Fry for 2-3 minutes till they turn golden brown but don’t fry too long to make them too crispy. Take out this fried boondi on a plate with paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  • Now add this fried boondi to the sugar syrup and add cardamom powder, melon seeds & crushed nuts too. Let the boondi soak into the syrup and absorb the syrup. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Now squeeze gently to remove any excess syrup if there.
  • Grease your hands with ghee and then make small ball-shaped laddoos. Garnish with sliced almonds or cashew nuts or pistachios.

Note: Super yummy sweet motichoor laddoos are ready. Enjoy!

Happy Cooking!!

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