Friday 16 October 2009

Vatalya Daliche Ladoo…a traditional and authentic delicacy from Maharashtra

Wish you all a “Shubha Deepawali”.


This Diwali I wanted to attempt a dish which  is traditional, very authentic and  extremely close to my heart. This is a dish which my granny used to make especially for me whenever she used to visit us.I would always demand her to make them without realising how much effort it needs! Today she is old and does not keep too well, else she would be the one making it and I would be happily enjoying eating them. This recipe I dedicate to my Granny whom we fondly call ‘Akka’. Happy Diwali Akka.

Talking about my granny, she is an excellent cook. I have still not seen and tasted someone cooking better than her. She could cook for 100 guests very ‘Aaram Se’. She would make Jalebis, Kachori, Samosa, Chirote everything at home and in large quantities. She even started making Chavanprash at home and send it to all her grand children. So in our childhood we always ate home made Chyavanprash, I know that sounds exotic… One should only demand something, and she was always ready to make it.

She could make rotis of 5-6 kg of flour with great ease (I will not even dare to try that). I remember in summer vacations when we visited her I would help her make Kurdayi, Papad, Potato chips etc….and if it was Diwali she will make Anarsa, Puran Poli and lots of faraal (snacks) for all of us. She is not only an excellent cook but a woman of great determination. I salute her physical as well as mental strength.These are few fond memories of my granny, which I will cherish through out my life…

Talking about today’s recipe, as I said this is a personal favorite of mine and when I made it and gave a bit of it to S for taste…. I should have clicked his expression, like a child with his eyes widened and a big smile on his face he said ‘this is so nice’. I am glad he liked it and I can only ask my friends to attempt making this and relish my personal favorite.

One should have sufficient time and patience to attempt this recipe as it not only demands time but a lot of muscular power. This needs roasting the ground legume (Vaatali Dal) in clarified butter on a low flame till it is golden brown in color. This entire process takes quite some time and one has to continuously turn it so that it does not stick to the base. The initial phase is more strenuous, as the legume gets roasted, the water evaporates and paste becomes  lighter it’s easy to be turned. One should have a day’s time to make this.
So here we go ….


4 vati/katori bengal gram lentils/ chana dal
3 1/2 katori sugar
1 Katori milk
few strands of saffron
15 cardamoms  seeds ground to a powder
a handful of cashew nuts, almonds, raisins



Soak the dal for 4-5 hours.


Grind the dal/legume with minimum water to a grainy texture (ravaal).


Heat about 2 katori clarified butter/ghee in a flat base pan and put the dal paste in it and roast on low flame till nicely golden brown in color (takes about 2 hrs). Using a flat pan ensures that the heat spreads evenly. If one finds difficulty in roasting, add extra amount of clarified butter and then roast, this will make it easy. When the legume gets completely roasted the ghee/clarified butter would separate, which can then be removed. One can smell the aroma too, when it’s done.


In a separate container take the sugar and add 2 katori water. Boil it to make a  syrup of little more than 2 strand consistency & add the saffron.To check this take a drop of the syrup in a plate & press it between the two fingers. If two or more sugar strands are made, you got the right consistency.

Now remove half the syrup into a separate container. To the remaining half add a katori of milk, the cardamom powder, the nuts and raisins and mix.

Add the  roasted paste , this will absorb the sugar syrup. Gradually add the remaining half syrup and keep mixing till it absorbs (It may require the full syrup or a little less, this depends on the quality of legume). Keep the mixture like this for 4-5 hrs, till it completely absorbs the sugar syrup. After that roll small quantities of the mixture in your palms to make laddoos (lemon sized balls).


Serve them with all your love and store them in a refrigerator. They stay good for about 10 days in the refrigerator.


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Sailaja Damodaran said...

Yummy sweet....Happy deepawali

Nandinis food said...

Wow! Maharashtrian Laddu! Loved your family story behind this laddu! Excellent!

Sushma Mallya said...

Delicious ladoo,must try it soon as it really looks tempting...and wish u and ur family a very happy & a prosperous diwali and hope it brings u lots of happiness and luck...have a great time...take care

Khaugiri said...

Aaiga mastach zalet Ladoo. Bangalorela astis tar khaylach aale aste;). Mala pan mazya aajichi khup aathvan aali he vachun. I'll definitely try this but after Diwali b'cause my stamina of making faral is over......

Pari Vasisht said...

@Khaugiri, Kharach khoop damayala hota ga, sagala faral banavoon, pan majja yete. Onceor twice in a year it's okay.Mhanoon tar aaji chi khoop aathavan yete.

Priya Suresh said...

I have never heard about this delicious ladoos,looks delicious and really inviting...Great work Pari!

lata raja said...

Thanks Pari for this excellent recipe. I can much imagine S's reaction, if only I could drool at the pics themselves!
Wish you a very happy diwali.

Tina said...

Yummy and delicious......

chef and her kitchen said...

new one dear..

jayasree said...

This sounds similar to the ukkarai recipe of Tamils where jaggery is used. Liked the step by step pics and detailed recipe.

Wishing you and your family a happy and safe Diwali.

Raks said...

Looks wonderful!

Happy Diwali to you and your family!

Palidor said...

Awww, what a sweet story. Your Granny sounds like an amazing lady!

my kitchen said...

Delicious ladoos,very new dish to me.Nice step by step clicks.Happy Diwali to u & ur family

Preeti Kashyap said...

awesome! love the dish!love the click!reminds me of my granny too...she also fits in the "aram se" group!Happy diwali to you and your family!

SE said...

Pari...kupach chan aahe...and wishing you and your family and very happy diwali!

Rohini said...

The way you had written about granny was so sweet! Reminded me of mine :) Lovely sweet, a must try I would say!

Wishing you and your family a very happy and joyous Diwali dear! Have a great day!

Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

Hai Pari
Thanks for visiting my blog and pinpointing my mistake...the ladoo looks very yummy..Happy Deepavali to u..pls visit my blog to give ur comments and sign in as a follower too...btw u got a great selection of recipes too..

Unknown said...

Lovely dish. Wishes for a happy & prosperous Diwali to you and your family.

Namitha said...

awesome sweet...Liked the descriptive pics too..Happy Deewali !!!

Anonymous said...

everytime u blow me away with ur detailed xplaination.sweet looks attractive

Raje said...

Perfect and Yummy sweet for the Diwali Pari! Wish you a fabulous Diwali Dear!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those look so delicious!

Thanks for the kind comments and for pasing by!



Uma said...

laddus look so lovley. Yum!! Happy diwali to you and your family!! Hope you had a wonderful Diwali :)

Katy ~ said...

I so enjoyed the beautiful story of your grandmother. She sounds like a gift to your family, and you honor her with making her recipes and thinking of her when you recreate them. Bless you both.

This recipe sounds amazing. I would love to try this. I appreciated the step-by-step photos; they helped me to understand the steps.

I wish you and your beloveds Shubha Deepawali.

sangeeta said...

such hard work Pari...these are yummy do you manage to do all this hard work despite your illness.

Urmi said...

Beautiful presentation with step by step pictures. The sweets looks delicious and mouth watering.
Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali.
Please collect your award from my blog.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Pari
Very well presented and the description is very useful and practical..Actually I read all your recipes. I was bit confused between this name Pari and your tagged blog name as Paarijaat.
I shall try this recipe..., it is tough to get the best final results in this kind of sweets. One needs to see some one making it.. I feel good that you have mastered this sweet.
But I like to try tough dishes, lot of thrill and fun too.
Happy cooking

radha said...

Looks so delicious, will try it out sometime soon - even if there is no festival in the near future!

My Little Space said...

Pari, you've to give me a nice treat on this! And all other Deepavali goodies! Don't forget lol! Cheers.


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