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Saturday, April 21, 2018

A - Z Indian Street Foods ~ R for Ram Ladoo

The word 'ladoo' usually conjures up an image of roundly shaped delicious sweet for Indians. However there is also a savory 'ladoo' associated with Delhi chaats known as ram ladoo. In this case, deep fried savory balls are prepared from a batter of moong and chana dals and drizzled with spicy, tangy green chutney and grated radish. However I thought of adding sweet chutney as well for more flavor. The recipe is not very elaborate if you have the chutneys prepared in advance or store bought. It can be divided into two parts. The first one is the preparation of moong-chana ladoo / vada and the second part is assembling before serving. I usually buy daikon instead of radish and that is what I used in this recipe. I was skeptical about the addition of radish / daikon in the recipe until I tasted it to notice how well it compliments the dish. My husband and I loved ram ladoo very much and ate the second round drizzling some yogurt as well which was like eating moong dahi vada.

Ingredients for moong vadas:
3/4 cup yellow moong dal
A handful of chana dal / Bengal gram 
2 or more green chillies, roughly chopped
1 tsp. ginger pieces
1/8 tsp. asafoetida powder
Salt to taste
2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
Oil for deep frying

Ingredients for ram ladoo:
Moong vadas
1/2 cup peeled and grated white radish / daikon 
Green chutney
Sweet tamarind chutney
Lemon juice to taste
Chaat masala
Minced cilantro to garnish

* Soak moong dal and chana dal for about 3 hours. Drain and grind them along with chillies, ginger, asafoetida and salt adding no water. (Add about a tbsp. water only if needed. Try not to add water since the batter would be runny and difficult to shape the ladoos.)
* Transfer the ground batter to a bowl and add cilantro. Whisk the mixture well.
* Heat oil in a frying pan or a kadai. Drop spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil. (I shaped them into rounds using my hands.) Fry as many as ladoo as the pan can fit without overcrowding.

* Lower the flame and fry flipping the 'ladoo' intermittently until they turn golden brown throughout. Remove them with a slotted spoon and drain them on absorbent towels.
Assembling part:
* Combine grated radish and cilantro together.
* Place 4 to 6 laddus in a serving dish. Spoon a tsp. each of green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney over them. Next put a tbsp. of radish - cilantro mixture, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, 2 pinches of chaat masala. Add a layer of chutneys again if needed.
* Serve them immediately.

So far, on this series, 
A for Aloo Kabli
B for Bajra Vada
C for Chooda Matar
D for Dahi Batata Puri
E for Elaichi - Kesar Lassi
F for Fulwadi
G for Ghugni Chaat
H for Hare Chane Ki Chaat
I for Indori Garaadu Chaat
J for Jamun Bun
K for Khakra - Chana Bhel 
L for Locho
M for Masala Puri Chaat
N for Nippattu Masala Chaat
O for Onion Pakoda  
P for Palakhova Bun
Q for Qabuli Chana Chaat

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 87


Gayathri Kumar said...

This is one chat I can have any day without any complaints. Even I was skeptical about the radish part, but it goes well with the dish perfectly. You are tempting me with the wonderful ram ladoos..

Harini R said...

Looks so good. This is one chaat I have been waiting to make for a long time now. Shall make it sometime soon.

vaishali sabnani said...

Ah ! This marathon I have seen 3-4 ramladoos , all of them beautifully made . This is one street food of Delhi that is a must on my visit to Delhi . We add loads of radish and make it nice and spicy with that green chutney , normally the vendors do not add the imli chutney , but I am sure the tamarind chutney must be giving it a wonderful flavor . Suma , you rock with these ladoos . Yummy ones !

Sharmila kingsly said...

Delicious ram ladoo ,i can finish this in no tome and i seeing so many variations from bloggers today!!

Sandhiya said...

These ram ladoo seems to be quite popular for the letter "R" in this mega marathon. Looks so delicious and you have presented them so well. Very Inviting !!!

Suma Gandlur said...

Vaishali, I thought of mentioning about the sweet chutney in the post and forgot while drafting. Thanks for the reminder. I updated the post now.

Srividhya said...

Ram ladoo seems like the popular dish of the day. :-) All your versions rock and you guyz are tempting me to make it right away. Simply love your presentation suma. :-)

Kalyani said...

Dunno if I commented :)
These ram laddoos are so tempting I would love to make them all over again and again m again .. pls pass me the plate suma :)

Priya Suresh said...

Third Ram laddoo of the day, seriously am so tempted to make these cuties at home. Even i was as much as skeptical for the radish part, hope i should give a try to see how the radish works with this ram laddoos. Tempting street food.

Pavani said...

I made ram laddoo recently and loved them. Even I was skeptical about the radish garnish but loved the texture it gave to the dish.

Srivalli said...

Ram Laddoo seem to be the popular pick of the day!..Love your display and yes I can have these right now..even though the radish what we get is not sweet like the delhi ones, I still added it and it gave a good taste to the final dish..very nicely done Suma!

Mayuri Patel said...

Perfect round vadas, this chaat is so irresistible. Love your idea of having it with yogurt too. When I had first hear of Ram Ladoo as the name suggests I thought it would be a sweet dish and was surprised that its a name of the famous Delhi chaat.

Unknown said...

No guilt having a plateful of these delicious ladoos :) This is my favorite chaat looks so delicious and wonderful presentation !!

cookingwithsapana said...

Wow I guess ram ladoo was popular for letter R, and you have nailed it. Love the idea of serving with dahi as dahi vada too.

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

I too made ram ladoo Suma! That platter looks scrumptious! That beautiful color of the ladoo, simply stunning! Beautiful flavors!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

There are so many street foods that I have not yet explored and this is one of them. I need to make ram ladoo soon. Love how beautifully you have captured it.

preeti garg said...

Ram ladoo is specialty of delhi.. looks so tempting and tasty.

Padmajha said...

Years ago when I first heard about this dish I really thought it was a ladoo variety! And today this dish seems to be the star! This is one delicious Chaat Suma!