Lajpat Nagar Famous Ram Ladoo: A Taste of Delhi's Culinary Heritage

Indulge in the timeless flavors of Purani Delhi with Ram Ladoo, a beloved North Indian snack that has stood the test of time. This popular street food features crispy and golden-fried lentil dumplings made from soaked and blended moong dal. Served with zesty green chutney, tangy tamarind chutney, and garnished with grated radish and chaat masala, Ram Ladoo offers a delicious and fulfilling snack experience.


What is  Ram Ladoo?

Ram Ladoo, a famous street food from Purani Delhi (Old Delhi), is made from soaked and blended moong dal, creating crispy and flavorful lentil dumplings. These golden-fried delights are served with a medley of chutneys and grated radish, adding to the delightful taste and texture.


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Quick and Easy Ram Ladoo

As a chef, I cherish the quick and easy preparation of Ram Ladoo, a classic street food with a unique taste of North Indian spices. The perfect blend of soaked dal and aromatic spices creates a delightful and fulfilling snack, which I first encountered during my culinary journey through Old Delhi's bustling streets. Sharing this recipe is an ode to the rich food culture of the region and its timeless street delicacies.

How to make Ram Ladoo

  1. Start by soaking the dal in water for at least 4 to 5 hours.
  2. While the dal is soaking, let’s make the green chutney. Take coriander leaves, mint leaves, radish leaves, green chilies, ginger, lemon juice and salt and put them in a blender. Blend these ingredients together until a fine paste is formed.
  3. Now let’s start making the tamarind chutney. For this, strain the tamarind pulp in a bowl and to it add the Kashmiri red chili powder, roasted cumin, salt powder, black salt, garam masala and sugar. Mix all these ingredients together and the tamarind chutney is ready.
  4. Once the dal is soaked. Strain the dal and add it to a blender along with half a cup of water and blend it until a fine paste is formed. 
  5. To the paste add 1 tablespoon of the green chutney and salt to taste. Mix this well.
  6. Next, heat oil  in a deep bottom pan and start putting 1-2 inch big dollops of the dal mix. Fry this until golden brown.
  7. Finally serve the Ram Ladoo with green and tamarind chutney along with some freshly grated radish and chaat masala.

What is so special about Ram Ladoo

Ram Ladoo is a popular and iconic street food from Old Delhi, known for its unique taste and cultural significance. Here are some special features that make Ram Ladoo stand out:

  • Traditional Delicacy: Ram Ladoo is a beloved traditional delicacy with its roots in the streets of Old Delhi, where it has been enjoyed for generations. Its popularity has spread beyond the region, becoming a favorite snack in various parts of India.

  • Unique Flavor: The key to Ram Ladoo's special taste lies in the preparation of the lentil dumplings. Made from soaked and blended moong dal, the crispy and golden-fried texture adds to the distinct flavor that sets it apart from other snacks.

  • Versatile Pairings: Ram Ladoo is typically served with a medley of chutneys, including tangy tamarind chutney and zesty green chutney. The addition of grated radish and chaat masala further enhances the taste and adds depth to the dish.

  • Timeless Street Food: As a timeless street food, Ram Ladoo captures the essence of Old Delhi's bustling streets and vibrant food culture. It continues to be a favorite snack for locals and tourists alike.

  • Culinary Heritage: Ram Ladoo embodies the culinary heritage of Old Delhi and carries the rich traditions and flavors of North Indian cuisine. It is a cultural symbol that represents the diverse and flavorful street food culture of the region.

  • Wholesome and Satisfying: Made from moong dal, Ram Ladoo offers a wholesome and satisfying snack option, perfect for satisfying hunger cravings and enjoying the delightful tastes of the streets.

In summary, Ram Ladoo is not just a snack; it is a cultural experience that brings together the unique flavors, heritage, and vibrant street food culture of Old Delhi. It continues to be a beloved and cherished treat, keeping its special place in the hearts of food enthusiasts.


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Expert Tips

  1. Make sure to soak the dal well and for a long time to get a smooth paste while blending.
  2. Avoid adding too much water while blending the dal mix so as to not make it watery.
  3. The tamarind chutney can be made in advanced and can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days
  4. The Green chutney is best enjoyed when made fresh so storing it leads to discoloration.

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