Ladoo recipes – A collection of 35 easy ladoo recipes for Indian festivals like Holi, Ganesh chaturthi, Navratri and Diwali. Ladoo are small ball shaped Indian sweets made of flour, nuts, sugar, jaggery and ghee. These sweets make a good addition to your list for any festive occasion or are also good to have as an after school snack, mid morning snack or for the toddlers or kids school box.
Preparing laddu is very simple and needs no expertise. Following recipes like the motichoor ladoo or the boondi ladoo could be difficult for beginners but the list of ladoo recipes that I have compiled below are too easy and one cannot go wrong anywhere. All the recipes are with step by step pictures for easy understanding.
Most of the easy laddu recipes I have mentioned below have been tweaked, so they call for reduced ghee or sugar. Most of these recipes are suitable to those who prefer low fat sweets or who tend to over eat.
I have used jaggery in most of the recipes, but there are some, where using sugar makes a lot of difference in taste and appearance. So I stick on to organic sugar or palm sugar.
You can increase the amount of ghee to suit your taste in all these recipes. Of course ghee adds a great taste and aroma to any laddu recipe. I am a bit generous in using ghee as we are not on a low fat diet. Ghee has lot of health benefits if consumed in moderation, i suggest using ghee as needed according to your diet restrictions.
35 easy ladoo recipes for Diwali
Dry fruits and nuts like almonds, cashews, dates are a great source of protein, iron and healthy fats, hence include them generously in these ladoos. If you are a vegan, then you can replace ghee with coconut oil. You can also use any vegan milk for binding. But the ladoos made using milk have a lesser shelf life.
Ladoo recipes with coconut
Coconut ladoo – These are made the traditional way using fresh or frozen coconut, sugar and cardamom powder. These are mostly made in most south Indian homes for festivals. They are quick to make and taste delicious. You can also check this healthy and delicious recipe of coconut jaggery balls from andhra cuisine known as kobbari louz.
Condensed milk coconut laddu – This is a cheats version of making the traditional coconut balls. These are made using store bought desiccated coconut and condensed milk. Just mix the ingredients and make the balls. These are great to make for parties or to give away as return gifts.
Mawa or Kova coconut ladoo is a traditional sweet from andhra pradesh made with kova or khoya / mawa and coconut. To make these coconut balls are stuffed in sweetened khoya mixture. These tastes extremely delicious, mouth melting and rich in taste. These are great to make during occasions like festivals, celebrations and as return gifts.
Traditional Ladoo recipes
Boondi ladoo is another popular delicacy from Indian cuisine. These are mostly made during celebrations like weddings or religious ceremonies. The recipe I have shared is of the popular Tirupati boondi laddu offered as prasadam in Tirupati Balaji temple. This is the almost the same as those sold in sweet shops. Just skip the raisins.
Rava ladoo also known as suji laddu is made using semolina, sugar, nuts and ghee. These are quite popular in South Indian homes and are quick, simple to make.
Bandar laddu , a popular sweet from Andhra pradesh made using chickpea flour and ghee or clarified butter. These are very rich in taste and are made only during weddings, baby showers and very important occasions.
Besan Ladoo – are very popular in the northern parts of India are often made during festivals and celebrations. These are made with chickpea flour, sugar and a generous amount of ghee. There are a few different ways of making besan ladoo, I have shared a simple one that can be tried even by newbies.
Maladu recipe – Made with bhuna chana dal or fried gram or pottukadalai, sugar and ghee. These are made in south Indian homes as a quick sweet treat during festivals. They are aromatic and light up any occasion.
Gond ke ladoo are popular sweet balls from North India that are made using wheat flour, gond (edible gum), nuts, ghee and jaggery or sugar.
Ladoo recipes with dry fruits & nuts
Dates nut laddu – A quick and healthy treat when you crave something sweet. There is no sugar used in this recipe and is often made at home for my kids school box. These are good to have even at breakfast time along with a cup of milk.
Dry fruits laddu – Made with mixed dry fruits and nuts these ladoo are a great energy booster anytime not only for kids and pregnant women but also for people of all age groups.
Dates mawa ladoo – Unique and wonderful tasting mawa sweet made with dates and nuts. No other sweetener is used except dates. These are fairly healthy but high in calories due to the addition of milk solids known as khoya or mawa. These make a great food during religious fasting.
Peanut ladoo – Crunchy peanut sweet treat. I am sure kids will love these. These can be consumed by kids and pregnant women regularly to provide enough protein and calcium to the growing needs.
Dates sesame balls – No sweetener used, just made with dates, sesame and cashews.
Sesame ladoo make for a great healthy & nutritious snack for kids and grown ups alike.
Thambittu is a traditional sweet from Karnataka that’s made for most festive occasions. There are many ways of making this I have shared a simple recipe using fried gram, ghee, jaggery, coconut and sesame seeds. These taste very delicious and can be made just in 25 mins.
Badam Laddu or almond balls – These are great to enjoy as a snack and are loaded with energy and nutrition. These are often made at home for my kids to go in their school snack box. I have shared 2 versions of this ladoos, one is using sugar and the other one using jaggery.
Poha ladoo made with flattened rice, jaggery and ghee. These are traditional sweets made during krishna jayanthi as poha is considered to be one of the most loved food by Lord krishna. These can also be made using brown poha as they are high in iron and fiber.
Walnut ladoo – Made with just 3 ingredients. These walnut balls are a power house of nutrition. It is hard for me to get my kids eat walnuts so I make these sometimes for their school snack box. I also add some poha to these to add some crunch.
Oats sesame ladoo – Healthy treat made using oats, jaggery and sesame seeds.
Sunnundalu – A traditional protein rich andhra sweet made during festivals and celebrations.
Malai ladoo – These can be also be made to modak. These are a melt in the mouth with a delicious taste and richness. These are made with only a few basic ingredients like milk and sugar.
Dried coconut or copra laddu – High calcium and iron rich balls made with dried copra. These are great for pregnant and lactating mothers.
Moong dal laddu – also known as pesara sunnundalu in telugu. These are made mostly as offering and are also given to kids often as they are loaded with good protein and ghee.
Atta laddu using wheat flour, sugar and ghee. Atta ladoo are very common in many punjabi households. Atta or wheat is ghee roasted until it turns aromatic and dark. I have shared a simple ladoo though not a punjabi version still tastes good and is quick to make.