Motichoor Ladoo (motichoor laddu) is one the most popular Indian sweets around and that is saying something for a subcontinent that knows its confectionary. The sweet is made with gram flour, usually a coarse besan and sugar syrup.
Gram flour is made from a particular type of chickpea just to be clear. Some recipes show this laddoo with a rough surface of tiny drops of chickpea flour called boondi. There are some laddoo which can be made using semolina although the textures created are different but its a matter of taste.
The characteristic drops of this flour are always deep fried, mixed with the sugar syrup and then shaped into round balls. Sometimes chopped nuts are added to provide variety of texture and flavour. The frying medium is traditionally desi ghee but other frying oils are used around the world in the absence of ghee.
It is a dish that needs a little practice in the kitchen. If you have the patience, the rewards are fantastic because it is a technique which can be applied to preparing other types of Indian confectionary. You may have come across boondi laddoo which we would also recommend and is prepared with a less grainy type of besan flour. The method of preparation is also different.
History Behind Motichoor Ladoo
The confectionary comes from norther India. The words used such as moti means pearl whilst choor means crushed. Put the two together and you have crushed pearls. Like many laddoo it is a sweet of religious celebrations and festivals. What sets it apart from boondi laddoo is that in motichoor the boondi used here are turned into pearls. That makes it rather unique!
The Besan Flour Needed For Motichoor Ladoo
It’s often said in Indian recipe web-sites that coarse besan is better than a regular fine version. The reason is that during the prolonged frying process a high high heat is required. This type of flour remains relatively soft and allows the the balls of laddoo to retain their shape better. They certainly do not fall apart when we have used a softer besan flour.
It’s ideal if you have a boondi ladle, a kadai and mesh ladle!