Nei urundai | pasiparippu ladoo

nei urundai , pasiparippu ladoo

The best of melt in the mouth diwali ladoos is nei urundai. Made with split yellow moong this is a perfect one to share during Diwali. 

My first attempt of this ladoo recipe is while living in Malaysia. During Deepawali, nei urundai or pasiparippu ladoo is one of the first things that is made in the Malaysia Tamil homes. I guess the sweet aroma of ghee mixed with the sugar sets that ball rolling for the Deepawali festivals. I learn this recipe from one of my friend’s mother who meticulously manages to host a Deepavali open house each year. This friend has been like a sister to me and their family recipe is what I make each year. I value these attachments and the joy of people opening their hearts and minds to let you in with the warmth of love.

What is nei urundai?

As the name suggests” nei” stands for ghee and “urundai” for a ball. Essentially, Nei urundai is a pasiparippu ladoo. it is a little ball of sweetened roasted dal mix that is perfect as a jar snack. The best part of pasiparippu ladoo is it can be meal prepped and it stays good for a couple of weeks with no refrigeration. 

Ingredients you need for the neiurundai

Moong dal : Moong dal or pasiparippu is split green gram that has been skinned. This yellow dal is the one commonly used in the dal recipes or used in kootu recipes. 

Sugar: Powdered sugar is the sweetener used in this recipe. I have used unrefined cane sugar here. You can use coconut sugar or palm jaggery to make this recipe as well. 

Cardamom: The fragrance of most Indian sweets is green cardamom powder. If you are not a fan of it, you can change it to one-fourth teaspoon cinnamon powder.

Ghee: one of the main ingredients that make and holds this ladoo recipe together is ghee ( clarified butter). This is also the flavour in this recipe. 

nei urundai ladoo

The details of the ingredients and quantities are in this recipe card.  

Nei urundai

Pasiparippu ladoo or nei urundai is a simple nut free, gluten free recipe that is popularly made during Deepawali.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Snacks, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, gluten free, Indian, Kids choice, One pot, South indian, Vegetarian
Servings 12 ladoos


  • frying pan
  • Mixie or fine grinder


  • 1 cup Moong dal skinned green gram dal /pasiparippu / cheruparippu /hesarubele
  • 3/4 cup unrefined sugar
  • 3 pods cardamom powder
  • 1 /2 cup ghee


  • In a heavy bottom pan dry roast the moong dal till the roast aroma rises and the beans are showing golden speckles. This will take about twelve to fifteen minutes on a low flame.
    moong dal
  • Cool it to room temperature.
  • Powder it in your spice mill or mixie into a fine powder.
  • Sieve this powder to remove the coarse powder.
  • Powder the sugar with the cardamom pods.
    sugar for ladoo
  • Melt the ghee on a low heat and add the moong powder and mix them well together.
  • Then add the sugar powdered and mix them well.
    ladoo mix.
  • Cool this mix the mix till you can hold it.
    neiurundai ladoo
  • Shape small lime-sized balls of ladoo.
    pasiparippu ladoo
  • Let the nei urundai cool further.
  • Store the nei urundai in an air tight box.
    nei urundai ladoo
Keyword Indian desserts, Temple prasadam
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Tips to make the ladoo hold well

Less ghee – if the ladoo is made with lesser amount of ghee it will not hold well. the mixture will be very crumbly. So  keep some melted ghee on the side and add if necessary.

Excess ghee – If you added a bit of excess ghee the laddo will become very soft. the ladoo will form shape but will not stay so. The best way to solve this is to add a a bit more of the roasted moong dal powder a tablespoon at a time. 

Rice flour variation – Nei urundai also can be made with a mix of roasted pasipairppu ( moong dal ) and short grain rice. You can use up to 1:1 ratio of rice to dal mix to make this. 

A few more diwali recipes that you may want to try

Kaju katli – one of the most sought out recipes for cashew thins. 

Papaya halwa – Soft papaya halwa is best had warm and is one of the easiest recipes to make.

Methi matri – namkeen that you absolutely need for every diwali platter. 

Bombay halwa – Chewy cornflour halwa is the kids favorite on the diwali platter.

Paal payasam – Pink kerala payasam is one you domt want to miss during the deepawali celebrations. 

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Mayuri Patel
2 years ago
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A wonderful recipe using moong dal Seema. These pasiparippu ladoo look so tempting. Perfect sweet treat for any festival and easy to make.

2 years ago
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Such a delicious protein-rich ladoo this is. At first, by reading the name I was imagining what it is made of. Thanks for the step by step pics.

Priya Vj
1 year ago
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Pasiparuppu ladoo seems to be a close cousin of Maa ladoo. This ladoo is going to be one of my Diwali sweet this year . I love such easy and mess free sweets as it makes the process enjoyable.

1 year ago
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those relationships are so valuable especially in these times, isn’t it ? the nei urundai looks fab, I have made with Urad dal and also maa laddu, this i will try for diwali this year..

1 year ago
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Simple and delicious nei urundai. I remember eating them as a kid now I have a foolproof recipe for Diwali.

Jayashree T.Rao
1 year ago
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Back home, nei urundai was frequently made. We call it as hesarittina undi. Good to have this recipe Seema.

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