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Nutritious urad dal laddu or sunnundalu are a nutritious dessert and a sweet snack from India

Sunnundalu ~ Urad Dal Laddu

Sunnundalu are 3 ingredient gluten free, nutritious laddu and energy balls from Telugu cuisine
Course Dessert
Cuisine Andhra, South Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15 laddus
Author Usha Rao


  • 1 cup Urad Dal
  • ¾ cup Sugar more if needed
  • ½ tsp Cardamom Seeds
  • cup melted Ghee more if needed


  • Wash urad dal several times in water and immediately pat dry using a kitchen towel. If there is no time constraint, let the dal dry for 10-15 minutes. Washing dal is an optional step.
  • Roast urad dal on medium flame until golden brown and aromatic.
  • Spread on a plate and let cool.
  • Grind dal to a fine powder and keep aside.
  • Grind sugar and cardamom seeds to a fine powder.
  • Mix together urad powder/flour and sugar powder. Taste the mixture and adjust sugar to suit your sweet tooth.
  • Pour melted ghee and mix well.
  • Take 2 -3 tbsp of the mixture in hand and shape into balls or laddu. Add more ghee if the mixture doesn’t bind together.
  • Yields 15 laddu depending on the size and I shape them really small. Store in airtight container.


  • Ghee - I used ⅓ cup ghee and if one wants to indulge, feel free to use up to ½ - ⅔ cup of ghee. ⅔ cups of ghee is real indulgence.
  • Storing Sunnunda Mixture - Make a big batch of urad dal and sugar mixture and store for at least a month in the pantry or for months in the refrigerator. Prepare laddu using ghee as a binder whenever you want.