Ram Ladoo

Ram Ladoo,the not so famous diminishing it’s faith street food of capital city,Delhi of India.Why I am saying that it is not so famous because now a days it has lost the fame and excitement related to them, that was much more like 15 to 20 years back.This generation kid loves pizzas and burgers and does not have any interest in the local street foods.

Ram Ladoo for me are very special and they brought back so many childhood memories.When we were kids the laddo wala bhaiya used to come into the streets and yelling to sell the ladoos. The.The time was always after the school in the afternoon.As soon as we would hear the man calling we would just run behind our mom to let us buy the mouth watering ladoos. And.And it gives us immense pleasure to relish the scrumptious ladoos.They were not so expensive like we would get 4 ladoos in two rupees and 10 in five rupees.

The time of selling the ladoos was always summer days and since it was too hot in the summers.Sometime me and my younger brother used to cry for the trouble of the street vendors.We were thinking and discussing like how hard it was to carry those heavy baskets of ladoos and waiting for someone to buy them.We decided to collect our pocket money and buy lots of ladoos so the guy won’t have to do too much hard work.Oh my those were some days.

When I made Ram Laddo chaat two month’s back all those memories refreshed in my mind .The smell of the ladoos made me feel nostalgic.My daughter tried them for the first time and asked how come she never tasted them before.Then I explained her the whole story.If you happen to visit Delhi you could find few local vendors with their cart at Central Market CP,Janakpuri,South Ex or near UPSC Bhawan Building.I wish all these local street foods guys who do so much effort must be recognized again.Hopefully one day !!

Blogging Marathon#62 /Week 2
Theme-Street Foods
Dish-Ram Ladoo

For Ladoo
1 cup split moong dal/dhuli moong dal
2 green chillies
1 inch ginger
salt to taste
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon peppercorn powder
2 tablespoon coriander leaves,chopped

For Assembling

1 cup radish,grated
1/4 cup coriander leaves,chopped
1/2 cup tamarind chutney
1/2 cup mint chutney

For Masala
1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
salt to taste
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon chaat masala

Wash and soak moong dal in enough water for 3-4 hours or overnight.
Drain and make a fine paste of dal with green chillies and coriander leaves in blender or food processor.
Now add the batter in a mixing bowl.Add in ginger,salt,red chilli powder,peppercorn powder and cumin seeds.Whisk until the batter is light and a little fluffy.
Heat oil in a wok or pan.When the oil is hot enough drop small balls of the batter into the oil using hands or spoon.
Fry the dal laddos for 2-3 minutes or until golden and crispy from both sides.
Drain on paper towel and set aside.


Place 4 or 5 laddos in individual sering bowls.Add in a tablespoon of the tamarind and mint chutney or as per taste.
Top up with grated radish and coriander leaves.Sprinkle with masala and serve immediately.


Serve-4 Cooking time-30 minutes

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Best regards,

Sapana Behl

15 comments on “Ram Ladoo”

  1. Sapana, you are tempting me. That looks so good. Savory ladoo any time for me. Wish I could grab one. (nahh the entire plate)

  2. A recap of childhood memories…though mine are related to ice cream vendor ringing bell to sell his ice cream.While writing this comment I'm drooling….want these ladoos right now 🙂

  3. rajani says:

    So nice to hear about the story behind the recipe. It's sweet and I hope you and your brother made it easy for some vendor at least. A I thought it was a sweet dish but it's a pleasant surprise to find that is not!

  4. Nice reading about your childhood memories. The ram ladoo looks so irresistible..

  5. Usha says:

    Nice to know about your childhood memories associated with these ladoo. Even I expected a sweet ladoo recipe and this is even more tempting, spicy ladoo served like a chaat.

  6. Looking by the name, I thought it would be a sweet dish too. Love the story bringing back your memories. The ladoos and the chat are very inviting. Thanks for sharing this amazing dish:)

  7. Kalyani says:

    Lovely lovely post . Filled with nostalgia :)) these ram ladoos so taking me back to Lucknow / Delhi trips :))

  8. That plate of ram laddoo is calling me, wish i get that plate rite now from my lappy screen, alluring chaat.

  9. sushma says:

    Seeing the recipe name that it was sweet ladoo, but this is something else. Looks yummy and good to know about your childhood memories.

  10. Pavani N says:

    Loved reading your post Sapana. Childhood memories are always so fresh in our minds. Ram laddoos look scrumptious.

  11. The title tricked me 🙂 But the visual treat spread out here compensated 🙂

  12. Oh my! What a lovely platter that is. I am so tempted to eat some right now.

  13. Jayanthi says:

    The name and your pictures are making me drool…I'm craving this dish now…

  14. these savory ladoos look so good – would love to dig into that plate

  15. Srivalli says:

    Lovely post and yes we enjoyed it when I had made it couple of months back!

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