Ram Ladoo, made with Moong Dal and served with grated radish and chutneys is Delhi’s famous chaat and the trick lies in making soft yet crispy Ladoos or Pakoras.

Now, making these Ram Ladoo is neither rocket science nor has a great recipe but yes making soft and fluffy Ram Ladoo is an art.

And this Ram Ladoo recipe with detailed instructions and tips will definitely help you in creating the magic of this street food in your home kitchen.

Ram Ladoo, paired with Kalmi Vada and Palak Patta Chat together forms a great menu for a Chaat Party.

Ram Ladoo recipe


Delhi’s Famous Ram Ladoo 

Ram Ladoo, a popular street food, commonly found in the streets of Delhi. And I, being a Delhiite, and not talk of Ram Ladoo…How is it possible? This very popular, lip-smacking street food of Delhi is loved by all and my family is no exception. We all love Ram Ladoo. Normally all the markets in Delhi, be it Lajpat Nagar or Karol Bagh or Chandni Chowk or any other,  have not one or two but many Ram Ladoo vendors. And therefore our shopping is incomplete without having these Ram Ladoos.

Some other Popular Chaat recipes of Delhi that you may find interesting are:


What Is Ram Ladoo? A Sweet?

Hey, just a minute…  Don’t go by the name… it’s not sweet. On the contrary, it is spicy and tangy. Really don’t know why the name Ladoo was given to it. Maybe because it is round like ladoos.

Anyway, as they say, what is there in a name. So, just feel the taste of it and get ready to make it.

It is a perfect starter for parties, a very good snack to have with evening tea.

The best thing is that you can make these in advance and heat them up in OTG/microwave/air fryer/hot griddle at the time of serving.

This is what most of the vendors do. They keep stock of fried ladoos and then either heat them on a griddle or refry them.


But what exactly is Ram Ladoo?

Ram Ladoos are nothing but lentil dumplings fried and served with coriander dip and grated radish. Pakoras are normally served with coriander dip. Nothing special in this. But what makes this special is grated/shredded radish and a dash of sweet tamarind chutney. But this combination leaves everyone licking their fingers.


Lentils Used  For Making Ram Ladoos

Some people make it with only yellow moong dal whereas some add Chana Dal (Bengal gram) to it. I even keep asking the vendors also as to which lentils they use and I get mixed responses.

But looking at the texture and also the taste, I feel that both the lentils are used. I use both the lentils, moong dal (Yellow Split Dal) and Chana Dal (Bengal gram) in the ratio of 2:1. That is, take Chana dal just half of yellow moong dal. Also, Chana Dal gives little crunchiness to the otherwise soft yellow moong dal.

For Ram Ladoos, you really need to make very soft pakoras. But how to make soft n light n fluffy pakoras?  No, I do not add baking soda in it for softness.


Tips For Making Soft And Fluffy Ram Ladoo

Let us discuss these points in detail.

1. Soaking Tips

Check for Lentils being Properly Soaked

2. Batter consistency

Do not keep the batter too thick. This is because very thick batter produces somewhat hard and dense dumplings. Similarly, if the batter is thin then the pakoras would absorb lot of oil. So, keep a medium consistency.

3. Whipping Tips

Then comes the whipping part. It takes a lot of labor in whipping with hands and hence I prefer electric beater. You can use either method but ensure that it is very well-whipped.

Check For Batter being Sufficiently Whipped


4. Oil Temperature While Frying

 Start frying pakoras when the oil is very hot but reduce flame at the time of dropping Pakodas in oil. Once done, increase the flame.

Once the pakoras are made then, the only assembly needs to be done.


Step By Step Recipe

Soaked lentils


Ram ladoo batter


preparing Ram Laddoo
hari chutney on ram ladoo




Q) Can I make ram Ladoo in advance?

No. But you can fry the pakoras, grate radish and make chutneys in advance, Then, at the time of serving, refry or reheat the pakoras and serve with chutneys.

Q) Do we serve Ram Ladoo with green chutney?

Yes. But this chutney is made with radish leaves instead of green coriander. You can even mix the coriander leaves and radish leaves to make chutney for this recipe.

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Ram Laddu

Delhi's famous Chaat made with Moong dal
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Soaking Time 4 hrs
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Moong Dal
  • 1/4 Cup Chana Dal
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves (Finely Chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Coriander Chutney
  • 1 Tbsp Tamarind/Amchoor Chutney
  • 1/2 Cup Radish (Shredded)
  • 1 tsp Chaat Masala
  • Oil for frying


Make Ladoo

  • Soak yellow moong dal and chana dal separately for at least 4 hours.
  • After 4 to 5 hours, drain off the water and grind both the lentils into a fine paste.
  • Do not keep the batter too thick. Preferably have fallen ribbon-like consistency.
  • If possible, keep the batter for half an hour in the refrigerator. In winters you can leave it outside the refrigerator also. This results in slight fermentation of the batter which in turn produces good pakoras.
  • Whip the batter for 15 to 20 minutes manually or 7-8 minutes by an electric beater.
  • Once whipped fully, the batter becomes light and fluffy. Also, check for it. Take a small bowl filled with water. Put little batter in it. If it floats then the batter is ready for frying. If settles down or disperse in water then whip for some more time. One more test is that colour of the batter changes from yellow to almost white when properly whipped.
  • You may add little chopped coriander leaves in the batter.
  • Once the batter is ready, keep the frying pan on flame and heat oil for frying.
  • When the oil is sufficiently hot, reduce heat and put dollops of batter in it for frying. Put 6-7 dollops at a time depending on the size of the pan.
  • Once dropped in the oil, increase the flame and fry these Pakoras till golden brown. While frying, keep tossing the Pakoras.
  • Once fried, take them out. Similarly, fry other Pakoras.
  • Now either use it immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a day or two.

Assembling Ram Ladoos

  • Pakoras should be hot for making Ram Ladoos. If made in advance, then heat them up in microwave or OTG.
  • Arrange the hot pakoras in a shallow plate.
  • Put shredded radish on it.
  • If required sprinkle chat masala on it.
  • Now drizzle green chutney all over and a little bit of Meethi chutney.
  • Serve immediately with love.


  1. If you are short of time then soak dals in lukewarm water.
  2. Lentils are soaked when get double in size and are easily breakable by fingers only.
  3. Oil should be sufficiently hot while frying pakoras, otherwise, they would absorb a lot of oil.
  4. Coriander chutney should not be too thick.
  5. Use thick grater for shredding radish.
  6. You may make pakoras and chutneys in advance but do the assembly at the time of serving only.
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This post was originally published on 7th June 2017 and is republished on 7th Aug 2020 with updated pics and content.

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