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Try this healthy traditional Indian sweet packed with nutrients

POSTED February 16, 2023

Try this healthy traditional Indian sweet packed with nutrients

Learn the health benefits of Moong dal ladoo and how you can make it, too

Recipe by Karuppayee Karuppasam, India

Text by Danielle Daley, digital community coordinator, Canada

Karuppayee member of a child-protection committee in India prepares Moong dal ladoo.

Karuppayee keeps busy as a member of the child-protection committee in one of our programs in India. But, when she’s not advocating for kids in her community — preventing child marriage or child labour — she also enjoys making Moong dal ladoo, a classic, traditional Indian sweet.

The protein-rich balls are made using yellow moong dal, or split green gram, and are easy to make — with just five ingredients.

As a rich source of vitamin A, B, C and E, iron, calcium, potassium and fibre, the tasty treats have many health benefits. It’s helpful to children and adults alike in the communities where we work.

The snack can detoxify the body and benefit your metabolism and immune system. Not only that, the star moong bean is said to aid in weight loss since it’s rich in protein and fibre. It’s also believed to lower cholesterol, improve blood flow and help reduce high blood sugar.*

The ingredients for this recipe are readily available among the spices or in the international section at big-box grocery stores or at your local Indian/Sri Lankan or Chinese market.

Moong dal ladoo recipe


Moong dal-Pasi paruppu
250 grams
Natural unrefined cane sugar or jaggery
250 grams
Cardamom powder
1/4 tablespoon (optional)
Melted ghee (clarified butter)
100 grams

Moong dal ladoo as prepared by a member of a child-protection committee in India.


  1. Dry roast moong dal until you get a nice aroma of roasted moong dal and until it is golden brown in colour. After it cools, grind it into a fine flour.
  2. Separate equal parts of sugar (or dry grind jaggery) and moong dal flour. (Moong dal flour: sugar – 1:1)
  3. In a bowl, mix moong dal flour, sugar/jaggery and cardamom powder.
  4. Add hot melted ghee little by little to the mixture until you can make it into balls.
  5. Make equal sized balls, let them cool. 

Note: If you are preparing more than 250 grams of Moong dal, mix in the ghee slowly instead of pouring all 100 grams at once to ensure the ingredients combine together well. 


  • Dry roast at low heat as moong dal burns easily.
  • The ghee should be melted and kept in sealed container of hot water.
  • Always warm the ghee mixture before mixing with the ladoo mixture. (Warm ghee helps shape the ladoo.)
  • Grinding jaggery with moong flour releases moisture, making it easier to shape the ladoo.
  • Split the ladoo into portions and add ghee in one portion at a time so the other portions don’t dry out.

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*Consult a physician before making any changes to your diet that may impact your health.

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