Ram Ladoo

Delhi’s popular Street food, Ram Ladoo Recipe | How to make Ram Ladoo or Moong Dal Ladoo or Pakodi| Video Recipe for Ram Ladoo

Ram Ladoo Chaat`

Ram Ladoo or Moong Dal(Split Moong Lentils) fritters, served topped with tangy and spicy chutneys and laced with grated daikon radish. These are a popular street food from the Delhi and adjoining states, especially Uttar Pradesh.One should not get confused with the name.. Ladoo (a sweet treat) .. it has nothing to do with it. No one is sure how the name came up. In adjoining states these are also known as Moong Dal Pakodi.

The only difference is that there some people add Chana Dal and some make only with Moong Dal.

Though these are available in almost throughout the year, you can see carts in every nook and corner of the city especially during monsoon and winters. In winters abundance of radish is available. Ram Ladoo chaat is served with chutneys and topped with radish.

Shopping trips to Delhi markets(Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar) used to be incomplete without gorging on plates of Ram Ladoo, Chole Bhature, Delhi’s Matar Kulcha or Moong Dal stuffed Aloo Tikki.

Easy to prepare ram ladoo are one of our favorite snacks whenever we have rainy or chilly weather and  cravings for fried food hit.

These are protein rich as made with lentils and we don’t mind having fried snacks these once in a while. You can always make the low oil version in appe pan also, and these taste wonderful when made that ways also.

Checkout the low oil recipe for Ram Ladoo from Mayuri’s Jikoni Ram Ladoo

Ingredients for Ram Ladoo

To make Ram Ladoos we need Moong dal (Split Moong Lentils-skinned), Chana Dal(SPlit Bengal Gram). Like I mentioned above, you can skip chana dal, as even many street vendors add it and many skip it. I like to add Chana Dal, as it adds a crispy touch the moong dal ladoos.

Other ingredients are green chillies, ginger, cumin seeds. You can add red chilli powder also, but since I add  green chillies you can skip it.

Spicy Coriander Chutney, Tangy Tamarind Chutney, grated Radish and  lemon juice.

Incase you don’t have radish you can skip it and simply have it chutneys, without Daikon radish. I used the European Radish that are available in stores here. Also you can add a mix of grated carrots along with beets for a colorful touch and added nutrition.

Other Moong Dal Recipes from the blog– Moong Dal Khichdi, Moong Dal Halwa, Moradabadi Dal Chaat

ingredients ram ladoo

How to serve Ram Ladoo

The uniqueness of this Chaat is the way it is served. When Radish are in season, these are topped with grated radish, topped with chutneys, with drizzle of lemon juice. This makes it very flavourful. In our local language we say Chatpata kinds(tangy and spicy)!!

Moong Dal Ladoo/Ram Ladoo

Monsoon Special

Monsoon is the short rainy season in Indian Subcontinent. It brings much relief from the hot summers. And when when it rains, we Indians love to gorge on deep fried food. Also, as per ayurveda, having some deep fried food in moderation is good for our body. The reason  for this is as the temperature lowers down , body craves for high calorie food. Having fried food in moderation balances the cravings and the need for calorie intake.

Some of the deep Fried recipes from the blog.. Bread Pakora, Dal Ke Pakode, Matar Ki Kachori, Rajasthani Pyaz Ki Kachori, Cheesy Semolina Bites, Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers, Spring Rolls, Aloo Poha Cutlets

Tagging these delicious Ram Ladoos to  my the theme #MonsooonSpecial to my facebook group.. Healthy Welthy Cuisines. Poonam who blogs at Annapurna, suggested that we make monsoon special dishes that we enjoy of a chilly rainy evening. Do checkout Poonam’s blog which is a beautiful collection of recipes from India and all around the world. Try out her Sweet Corn Cheese balls or Vegetable Chops Bengal Style, for delicious monsoon treats.


Checkout other monsoon treats by the fellow bloggers..

Air Fryer Vegetable Pakoras by Jayashree

Rice Cutlet Recipe with leftover rice by Narmadha

Beetroot and Potato Tikki by Preethi

Garlic Rasam by Poonam

Moong Dal Pakora by Ruchi

Masoor Dal Pakora by Sasmita

Paneer Pakoras by Shalu

Baked Maddur Vada by Vanitha


How to make Delhi’s popular Street Food Ram Ladoo

Checkout the detailed method in recipe card and Video(to be updated soon)

Some of the important points to keep in mind to get soft melt in mouth Ram Ladoo

  • Soak Dals for at least 3-4 hrs.
  • Drain all the water from soaked before grinding.
  • Add very little water 2-3 tbsp at a time while grinding. And grind dal in small amounts if making a  big batch of ladoos.
  • Beat the batter till it is light fluffy and creamy in color. this is very important else, ladoos may get dense.
  • Cook ladoos, in medium hot oil. If we drop batter in very hot oil, ladoos will cook from outside and inside will remain uncooked and dense.

How long can I store these Ladoos/Moong Dal Pakodi

These taste best when made fresh. But, you can refrigerate these for about 1-2 days if preparing for a party or get together. Reheat in oven(preheating mode) or air fryer or otg and serve.

Recipe Card  and Video Link for Ram Ladoo

Ram Ladoo

Ram Ladoo

Gluten-free Moong Dal Lentil Deep fried Dumplings served with Chutneys and grated Radish| Learn how to make Delhi's popular start food Ram Ladoo
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Soaking time for Dal/Lentils 4 hrs
Course Snacks and Starters
Cuisine Indian, Indian North Indian
Servings 24 pakodis/fritters


  • Grinder
  • Kadhai/Heavy Bottom Pan


  • 1 Cup Moong Dal
  • ¼ Cup Chana Dal
  • 2-3 Green Chillies
  • Small Ginger Piece
  • 1-2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Red Chilli Powder(optional) if not using green chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

To serve Ram Ladoo

  • Tamarind Chutney as required
  • Cilantro/Coriander Chutney as required
  • Grated Radish/Carrot/Beetroot as required
  • Lemon Juice as required


  • Wash nicely and soak dal for about 3-4 hrs.
  • When ready to make, drain water completely from dal.
  • Add salt, ginger, green chillies and grind to fine paste.
  • Do not add much water. Add about 1-2 tbsp at a time. Also, grind dal in small batches.
  • Transfer batter in a bowl, add cumin seeds, finely chopped coriander(optional).
  • Beat batter for about 5-10 mins. till it is nice and fluffy, It will change color to light cream.
  • Heat oil in a kadhai on medium flame. Drop little batter to check whether it is ready for frying.
  • The batter should rise slowly.
  • Drop spoonful of batter carefully in hot oil and fry on medium-low flame.
  • Fry till the out part starts to change light yellow in color.
  • Take out fried ladoos on an absorbent kitchen towel.

Assemble and serve Ladoo

  • In serving dish take 6-8 ladoos,.
  • Top with sweet tamarind and green chutney . Add grated radish and top drizzle lemon juice.
  • Enjoy Ram Ladoo chaat.



  • Soak Dals for at least 3-4 hrs. 
  • Drain all the water from soaked before grinding.
  • Add very little water 2-3 tbsp at a time while grinding. And grind dal in small amounts if making a  big batch of ladoos. 
  • Beat the batter till it is light fluffy and creamy in color. this is very important else, ladoos may get dense. 
  • Cook ladoos, in medium hot oil. If we drop batter in very hot oil, ladoos will cook from outside and inside will remain uncooked and dense.
Keyword Moong Dal Ladoo, Moong Dal Pakodi

Ram LAdoo pin pic

Do make this North India’s famous street food and enjoy it topped it with your favourite chutneys.Kids love to have it with ketchup or tamarind chutney if they don’t want to have it with radish. It makes a wonderful choice for get togethers and parties.

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15 thoughts

  1. Feel like grabbing from the screen and eat it. Looks absolutely irresistible and tempting. This has been on my to do list for long time. Should try soon.

  2. Looks amazing dear <3 Saw this online in many blogs but never did try! Sounds and looks so delicious especially with the chutneys and fresh veggies! Gotta try this one!

  3. super tempting share swaty !
    Ram ladoos here seem as a delicious treat for this monsoon in India. I am just waiting to have some fresh radish to enjoy these 🙂

  4. Ram ladoo looks absolutely lip smacking. A delicious treat for this wet weather here. Had them in Delhi last year. Your post is tempting me to make them soon.

  5. Ram Ladoo sounds so tempting. Moong Dal Pakodi with raddish and chutneys , sounds so good. I have never tasted but definitely I will try soon. Your perfect detailed recipe tempting me. Beautiful share dear.

  6. Who can resist such a tempting snack? Moong dal fritters topped with green herb chutney, lipsmacking tamarind chutney amd grated radish looks absolutely irresistible treat !

  7. Drooling Drooling Drooling!!!
    Such a scrumptious share dear. I love Ram Ladoo. Whenever we visit Delhi we relish these golus almost everyday. Your post is tempting me to make them. Off to my kitchen;)

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