Motichoor Laddu


  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • A generous pinch of saffron powder or crushed saffron
  • 1 cup besan (gram flour)
  • 3 black cardamoms (seeds removed and the skins discarded)
  • ½ tablespoon magaz (melon seeds)
  • Ghee for deep frying
  • Ghee or oil for applying on the palms while shaping the ladoo


  1. In a saucepan, add sugar and water. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves completely and the syrup thickens. Add saffron powder and mix well. Keep the syrup aside
  2. In a mixing bowl, add besan, cardamom seeds, and magaz. Mix well. Add water and whisk the mixture until it becomes a smooth batter
  3. Heat Ghee in a kadhai. Hold a perforated spoon over the hot Ghee, pour a little batter over it and pass the batter through it fast into the kadhai to make boondis. Fry for about two to three minutes
  4. Remove the boondis using a slotted spoon, drain thoroughly and put into the syrup. When the boondis have absorbed all the syrup, add ghee and mix gently
  5. Divide the mixture into small portions and shape each into a laddoo
  6. Enjoy your delicious homemade Motichoor Laddu!