Spiced Indian Cake Balls (Roti Laddu)

Roti Laddu
Roti LadduMatt Taylor-Gross

This buttery confection is a quick and simple treat commonly given to small children in India. Clarified butter (ghee), jaggery, and spices are kneaded into dry leftover roti to make a rich, shaggy dough that is then pressed into snack-sized balls.

Spiced Indian Roti Cake Balls (Roti Laddu)
Yield: makes 6-7
Time: 15 minutes


  • 5 7-inch roti, roughly torn
  • 3 tbsp. melted ghee
  • 13 cup (1 ¾ oz.) crumbled jaggery
  • 1 pinch ground cardamom
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • Salt


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the roti, ghee, jaggery, cardamom, and nutmeg. Use your hands to knead, twist, and tear the mixture into smaller and smaller pieces until the ghee starts to soak into the roti and the jaggery begins to liquefy slightly. When the roti have broken down and have become soft and doughy, taste the mixture. Season with a pinch or two of salt, then squeeze and press the mixture into 6 to 7 golf ball-sized balls, about 1 ounce each. Serve immediately, or cover and store at room temperature up to 3 days.