Festival Special / Sweet & Payasams

Maa Laadu with Figs & Cinnamon/Roasted Gram Sweetmeat with Figs & Cinnamon

Figs Maa Laadu/Roasted Gram Laddu with Figs

What a week of cooking, shooting, posting and reading up on delicious dals! Thanks to Blogging Marathon being hosted by Srivalli of Spice Your Life, it brought a lot of discipline into my blogging – a commitment to blog every single day (if only for a week), sticking to a theme (I chose dal/lentil) and participating in discussions, reading up on what the others have done and bookmarking interesting recipes from those.

It gave me an opportunity to innovate a lot, trying to come up with healthy alternatives to some high-calorie dishes, to increase the usage of sprouts (I managed a cup every single day!) and to learn many more new dishes, some that I had only heard of, some that I have tasted and others that were on my list of have-to-hunt-out.

As a fitting end to this week of a high-protein diet, I wanted to prepare some festive dish. I was chatting with my mother the other day and she suggested I could prepare laddus (sweetmeat balls), something I haven’t tried before. So, that’s how I ended up preparing these Maa Laadus (laddus made of roasted gram/bhuna chana). I realised intimidating-looking dishes can actually be pretty simple if only you try them with a positive approach!

Fig Maa Laadus sharing space with their Cinnamon cousins

To the traditional laddus, I added some chopped figs and powdered almonds to increase their nutritive value.I also tried some east-west fusion by rolling some of these laddus in cinnamon sugar, which gave them a major flavour twist. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Sugar Laddus in focus

Maa Laadu/Roasted Gram Sweetmeat

(Bhune chane ki Laddu)


Roasted gram/bhuna chana/pottu kadalai – 1 cup

Clarified butter/ghee – 1/3 cup

Almonds – around 15

Figs – around 10 (finely chopped)

Cardamom – 10 pods

Sugar – ¼ cup


Lightly roast roasted gram

Powder it fine along with almonds, cardamom and sugar

(Alternatively, finely chop almonds and add to powdered flour)

Taste the mix at this stage and add more sugar or roasted gram if reqd to adjust sweetness

Add chopped figs and mix well

Heat ghee and add it to the powdered flour a little at a time

Mix with your hands and add more ghee

Stop adding ghee when you’re able to roll the dough into little balls

Roll into smalls balls of any size you prefer

Fig maa laadus are ready to eat!

For Cinnamon Flavour Twist

Add ¼ tsp of cinnamon powder to 1 tsp of powdered sugar, mix well and roll the laddus in it for Cinnamon Maa Laadu


23 thoughts on “Maa Laadu with Figs & Cinnamon/Roasted Gram Sweetmeat with Figs & Cinnamon

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