Motichoor v/s Boondi Ladoo: What’s The Difference?
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Talk about Indian sweets and ladoos come to our mind almost immediately. After all, it is one Indian sweet that is an important part of our tradition and culture. Be it as prasad for religious ceremonies or a festive treat during weddings and festivities, ladoos are truly loved and celebrated in our country. 

Motichoor ladoo, for instance, is one mithai that is a favourite among those with a sweet tooth. It is made using tiny sweet boondis, sugar syrup and gram flour, and the name literally translates to crushed pearls, and one bite into it and you’ll know how the name does justice to the sweet delight. Soft, delish motichoor ladoo are sure to melt in your mouth as soon as you bite one. But, do you know how exactly this popular north Indian sweet is made by halwais? A video going around on the internet shows us the complete process of making motichoor ladoo in a sweet shop in Delhi. Take a look:

Isn’t the video satisfying? What we do realise after watching it is that the preparation of motichoor laddoo requires a lot of patience and effort. It starts with the halwai first creating a thin batter of besan and milk, which is then poured through a strainer and directly in a hot wok or kadhai full of ghee. This is done to make those tiny boondis or the 'motichoors' for ladoo. The halwai shakes the strainer vigorously, which breaks the fried besan batter into tiny circles in the kadhai. The motichoors are then soaked in a sugar syrup, sprinkled with some water and finally shaped into the ladoos we absolutely love devouring. The video shared by Instagram based food blogger @beingtanishh has raked in more than 40k views. 

What's The Difference Between Motichoor Ladoo and Boondi Ladoo? 

Coming to the part where most people often get confused. How exactly are motichoor and boondi ladoos different? Now that you’ve seen the process of making motichoor ladoo, you may be able to tell the difference. But let’s make it easier for you. While both the ladoos have boondi in them and are made from similar ingredients, for instance the boondis of both laddus are prepared using besan. But the difference lies in the size of the boondi. Where in boondi ladoo, the boondi is made from a bigger size of besan flour, motichoor ladoo has tiny boondis. So apart from this, there’s no more striking difference between the two as the flavour too is quite similar.  

Now that we’ve told you about the two of the most popular ladoos in India, we’ve got some more laddoo recipes for you to try at home: 

1. Besan Ladoo 

Another of the most common ladoos in India, besan ladoo is perhaps the easiest of the lot as it only involves a handful of ingredients that you simply need to mix together. Besides, you can also experiment and add in your favourite nuts and spices like cinnamon and cardamom. 

2. Coconut Ladoo 

One of my most favourites, coconut ladoo is refreshingly different from the other lot of besan laden ladoos. Grated coconut, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, milk and pistachios come together to create dainty ladoos that are hard to resist. 

3. Aate Ka Ladoo 

I have a lot of personal childhood memories attached to this one as I remember my nani (maternal grandmother) used to make some of it every time we used to visit her in Rajasthan. While I have tried making the same ladoos many times, I couldn't get the same flavour. But they have remained my top favourite for their soft texture with a crunch of almonds and cashews.