Senaga Pappu Laddu ~ Chana Dal Laddu

Senaga pappu laddu is aromatic and delicious no bake Indian dessert great for festivals and parties

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Nutty, aromatic, yummy senaga pappu laddu is a 3 ingredient, gluten free, no bake easy Indian dessert! It is also one of the offerings to the deity during Bathukamma festivities.

Senaga pappu laddu is aromatic and delicious no bake Indian dessert great for festivals and parties

What is Senaga Pappu Laddu or Chana Dal Laddu?

Laddu is one of the most popular Indian sweet. Preparation of laddu depends on the ingredients used. Chana dal is senaga pappu in Telugu and is one of the most commonly used pulse in Indian cooking. It looks similar to split yellow peas but from a different family.

Ingredients for chana dal laddu - chana dal sugar cardamom seeds and butter for ghee

To prepare chana dal laddu, roast chana dal until light brown, cool, grind to a powder. Mix the powder (flour) with granulated sugar & cardamom powder, ghee and shape into round spheres. That’s it! Isn’t it an easy peasy recipe!!

An alternative to chana dal laddu is besan laddu. Besan is gram flour (chana or black chickpeas flour) and using besan eliminates grinding cahana dal. Just roast flour in ghee, mix with sugar and then shape into laddu.

Chana dal laddu ingredient shot - flour of dry roasted chana dal powdered sugar and ghee

What is Bathukamma?

Women in Telangana celebrate Bathukamma for nine days starting from Bhadrapada amavasya to ashtami, which usually falls in late September or early October. Last day of Bathukamma is Saddula Bathukamma and celebrations are on a large scale with at least 3 to 9 varieties of prasadam. Chana dal laddu is one of them and check the festive Bathukamma thali for more.

3 Ingredient Recipe

There are 4 ingredients in the recipe but cardamom seeds are used for aroma and flavor. It is optional less than ½ teaspoon. Hence not counting it as an ingredient.

Plate of senaga pappu laddu - made with roasted chana dal powder sugar and ghee

How to prepare Chana Dal Laddu?

5 from 6 votes
Senaga pappu laddu is aromatic and delicious no bake Indian dessert great for festivals and parties
Senagapappu Laddu ~ Chana Dla Laddu
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Cooling Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Chana dal laddu is an easy sweet prepared with chana dal flour, sugar and ghee.
Course: Dessert, Indian Sweet
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Keyword: 3 Ingredient Recipe, Bathukamma Prasadam, Chana Dal Laddu, Diwali Sweets, Easy Dessert Ideas, Easy Sweet Recipes, Gluten Free Recipe, Indain Sweet, No Bake Dessert, Senaga Pappu Laddu
Servings: 12 pieces
  • 1 cup Chana Dal
  • ¾ cup Powdered Granulated Sugar check note
  • tsp Cardamom Seeds
  • ¼ - ⅓ cup Ghee I used ¼ cup
  1. Wash chana dal and immediately pat dry with a kitchen towel. If time permits, dry on the kitchen towel for 10-15 minutes. DO NOT soak the dal. This step is optional.
  2. Roast chana dal on medium flame until aromatic and golden brown. Do not burn the dal.
  3. Spread on a plate and let cool.

  4. Grind sugar and cardamom seeds to a fine powder and keep aside.

  5. Grind roasted dal to a fine powder.
  6. Mix together both the powders and taste the mixture for sweetness. Add more powdered sugar depending on how sweet you want the laddu.
  7. Add ghee, mix well and shape the mixture into small balls. If the laddu doesn’t hold shape, add more ghee.
  8. To make the binding easier, I added powdered sugar to chana dal powder, pulsed it once in the mixer, added ghee and pulsed it for few more seconds. Transfer to a bowl, mix everything well and then shape the laddus.
  9. Yields dozen laddu, depending on the size.
Recipe Notes

Substitute - Black chana is a good substitute for chana dal. I did not use it but heard it is a good substitute. Or use besan ~ gram flour instead. Follow this recipe for besan laddu.
Sugar - I used ¾ cup powdered sugar but can easily use ¾ cup sugar, powdered. ¾ cup sugar = ¾ cup + 2 tbsp (almost 2 tbsp) powdered sugar.

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Chana dal laddu or senaga pappu laddu is a 3 ingredient recipe prepared with roasted chana dal flour, sugar and ghee.  No bake dessert, Diwali sweet and Bhatukamma prasadam

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16 thoughts on “Senaga Pappu Laddu ~ Chana Dal Laddu

  1. Yummy, senaga pappu laddu look so tempting and perfect. Making them from roasted chana dal must make them taste different from the ones made from besan flour. Thanks for sharing a bit info on Bathukamma.

  2. 5 stars
    This is a completely new recipe for me Usha. Never had senagapappu laddu – sounds easy to make and looks soo delicious. I am going to give these a try some time soon.

  3. 5 stars
    Wow. The Laddu looks so perfect. I loved your photography. Such a quick and yummy dessert. In my home, Laddus are always welcome irrespective of any day. Nice recipe 🙂

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