Thursday, 18 November 2010

Ram Laddoo..A Street Chaat From Old Delhi

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Hi!
Delhi is a place famous for it’s food and especially it’s chaats. Tourists never miss an opportunity to taste the chaat at Chandani Chowk/ Purani Dilli. To top the list is surely paani-poori , aloo chaat and dahi bhalla but another chaat which is extremely popular here is Ram Laddoo.
When I heard this name for the first time I thought it’s a sweet dish as the name  laddoo suggested that but later when I came across this chaat in a local market here, I realized it’s a savory dish. We thought of trying it, so ordered  a plate and then the taste simply caught us, we could not resist ordering a second one. Since then, we do make it a point to have this chaat whenever we visit the local market. It’s best to be eaten in winter as the hot dumplings melt in the mouth or in monsoon, enjoying the rains.
The laddoos are golden balls of lentils which are light and fluffy, crunchy on the top and soft inside. They are served with a spicy, tangy green chutney and grated radish. An amazing and lip smacking combination. I had been planning to attempt making them at home and  thought it would be an apt entry for my event ‘ONLY’- CHAAT hosted here.
The laddoos turned out excellent and needed a few precautions while making them. The lentils are ground coarsely and then beaten vigorously to get a light and fluffy mixture. It is very essential that the lentil be ground using minimum or no water to get the perfect texture, the mixture is so light that while frying it fluffs to almost double the volume.
These can make a great appetizer for parties, in that case they can be fried partly in advance and then re fried in hot oil just before serving. It is essential that these laddoos be served hot with chutney to relish them completely.
Ingredients
For the Ram Laddoo
1/2 cup dhuli moong dal/  yellow lentils
1/2 cup chana dal/ bengal gram
salt to taste
oil for deep frying
For spicy and tangy Green Chutney
1/4 cup mint leaves
a cup of coriander leaves
3-4 tbsp onion
2 garlic pods
5-6 green chilies
a tsp lemon juice
1 Indian gooseberry/ amla chopped
1/4 tsp rock salt
salt to taste
1/8 cup water
and
grated radish
Method
Wash and soak both the lentils separately for 3-4 hours. Decant the water completely and grind the lentils to a coarse paste.
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Mix the lentils and then beat them till the mixture attains a white color and becomes light and fluffy. I used my beater to beat and it took almost 3-4 minutes to become light. One can compare the colour of the mixture before and after beating.
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The mixture should have a dropping consistency like that of a cake. Heat oil and using a spoon  put the laddoos in the oil. The oil should be hot enough (use medium flame) so that when the laddoos are put they immediately rise to the surface. Deep fry from either side till golden in color, in batches of 7-8 laddoos per batch and remove on a kitchen towel.
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Grind together all the ingredients under green chutney using water.
Serve hot with green chutney and grated radish.
Sending it to my event ‘Only’ Street Foods of The World hosted by Archana of Mad Scientist’s Kitchen.
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59 comments:

Paaka Shaale said...

Oh this chaat is new to me. It looks absolutely fabulous. Thanx for posting the recipe:)

Shanthi said...

Wonderful and interesting

Nandini said...

The snack is very tasty! Drooling here! Slurp!

Pari said...

Thanks Paakshaale, Shanthi and UN for the quick comments and am glad u liked it.

Kurinji said...

So tempting Pari...

Vidhya said...

wow.. Looks really yummy Pari...






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi Pari,

Chaat looks yummy...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

Reshmi said...

hey pari...itz really good..actually it looks like our kerala bonda which meant as street food in kerala especially in tvm...itz combo z greenchilly chutney or cocnut chutney..it resembles the same..nice ramladooo

Rekha shoban said...

yummy chat!!

Kairali sisters said...

wow..this is something new to me, but so damn simple and easy...Looks way too tempting Pari...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Wounderful chat dear! very new to me,luks fantastic...

Santosh Bangar said...

water came to my mouth when saw the chat really klooks spicy and crispy and tasty

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Loved the ladoos. Simply mouthwatering.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

harini-jaya said...

these laddoos hv bowled our imagination! very new to me!

Prathibha said...

I learnt this recipe from my MIL who stayed in Delhi for almost over 30 years...I just loved the taste of it...still I have not tasted pakka delhi waala style...looks really yumm

Prathibha said...

Forgot to say the pics r really good....

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Very new to me,sounds great,I am a great chaat lover,this is one precious post for me ;)

G.Pavani said...

wonderful n yummy chaat..

Happy Cook said...

I want to b ein Delhi for eating this. Looks so so good.

Jyoti said...

Never heard of ram ladoos! These pakoras are looking simply irresistable.. I know why u ordered a second serving!

Smitha said...

mouth watering dish...looks yumm!

Swathi said...

This chat is new to me.Look delicious green chutney sounds awesome.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious chat and presentation

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow, interesting. I make something similar and never knew it had a name... lol Now I know what to call it. Beautiful and tempting pics.

R said...

wow, had never heard of this before! looks delicious.

Priya said...

MOuthwatering chaat, totally new for me..irresistible!

Yummy Team said...

These Ram laddus look really yum!! The method also seems to be simple and easy..

Madhavi said...

WOW this chaat looks so goooooood!!!

swapna said...

a new one and love this!!looks yummy!!

San said...

Iam real hungry now ,lovely snack with the spicy chutney .

Raina said...

Wonderful recipe! These look so delicious. Thank for the excellent instruction. Now, maybe, I can get the courage to try making them. I know my family would love this:)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

love the chat... very yum...

Khaugiri said...

Lovely, just like our moong bhaji :-)

Vaishali Sharma said...

Oh these look so nice! I love these! and I am glad that atleast I know someone in blogging world who relates to these.....Lovely pics!
I made these sometime ago and posted on my blog ...here check it out!

http://www.zestyflavors.com/2010/02/moong-daal-ke-ladoo-ki-chaat.html

jayasree said...

Mouthwatering ladooo...something new to me

Shalini said...

very new to me. looks fabulous:)

AshKuku said...

I simply love the color palette on the plate.... Lovely is the prep & so is its capture..... Tempting!!!!

Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Kanchan said...

This is very new to me .. bookmarked !

Susan and Abraham said...

wow look wonderful....

Gayathri's Cook Spot said...

Lovely chat. Never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing..

Treat and Trick said...

Totally new to me but looks so yum dear..

Vandana Rajesh said...

This is an absolutely new chaat for me...looks so mouthwatering...miss the green chutney here though. Yummy.

Gouri Guha said...

I love these laddos and get a taste of them when i go out shopping.Now I feel tempted to make some soon.
Good sharing and thanks:)

Dimah said...

Wow, these look awesome!

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Never heard of these Ladu chat...
Thanks for sharing :)

Sushma Mallya said...

very interesting...would love to try this...

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Im so gald u tried this chat and shared it with us!!
I am a total chat lover and cud live on chats {and desserts:-)}!
U have recreated this beautifully!

Anukampa said...

Great work Pari. I also love these ram ladoo you get the best in lajpat nagar and they are available almost in every street these days in winters.. Great pics

Smitha said...

Amazing chat !!! would love to try this dish.I only prepare vada with the dal this is new .First time to this blog you have wonderful collection.
Smitha
http://essence-de-life.blogspot.com/

sanju said...

Love this chaat. I will definitely try it

An Open Book said...

i love street food so much, just that i havent had it in ages and this is making me drool

Jaisy James said...

looks delicious

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Name of street food makes drool :)

Spice said...

nicely done....& if u r from delhi this is something U have to like...i mean there is no reason for not liking it....from long time i've been thinking about posting it but with the speed of my blogging U can say I'm lazy...lol..
btw pari they do taste good when u make with combination of dal like u did but do try sometime only moong version.....

anubhavati said...

Hi Pari,

Lovely ram laddoos....I have never heard of these...Looks yummy and am drooling already!

Shobha

Roly said...

Hi,

Was trying to make Ram laddoos. However, by mistake, while grinding I added the water also in which lentils were soaked. What can i do now?

Anonymous said...

absolutely lovely post...must try it sometime :)

Archana Potdar said...

Oooooo! Cool. My MIL also made soemthig like this. Thanks for linking

Anonymous said...

cool

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