July 2, 2009

Rava Laddoo (A Cardamom Flavoured Semolina Sweet)

A laddoo (or laddu as it sometimes spelt) is an Indian sweet which is almost always a part of festive or celebratory fare. Laddoos are made from one of a variety of ingredients including lentil flours, grain flours (such as rice or wheat), nuts, etc. All laddoos are usually made with sugar (or jaggery), ghee (how much or little would depend on the type of laddoo and the recipe used), cardamom, and perhaps cashewnuts and raisins.

Anyone who knows India would be aware that it is a country whose states are almost like countries themselves, each with its own language (or dialect and script), cuisine, customs and traditions. Yet the laddoo is one of those foods which are made in every state in some form or the other.

The laddoos in this post are made from rava (semolina). These laddoos are very much a Palakkad Iyer preparation too, but without the coconut.

This recipe happens to be "the introductory recipe" for the ICC (no it's not Cricket I'm talking about!). Srivalli has started the Indian Cooking Challenge where bloggers can get together every month to cook some Indian food following a single recipe. So, if you are interested in being a part of this, you should be writing to Srivalli.

When Srivalli told me the first recipe they were trying out was "Rava Laddoos", I just realized I hadn't made them in a long time. I usually make them for Diwali, but since we weren't really celebrating anything last year it's been almost 2 years since I made these!
Akshaya especially likes these laddoos, so I promised Srivalli I would join in for this edition.

I couldn't make them or post them on time (the 30th of June was the deadline) for reasons beyond me but a promise made is a promise to be kept.

You can find the recipe on Srivalli's blog and here you can find my version. I didn't change anything other than reducing the sugar by 1/4 cup 1 cup sugar was much too sweet for us), and presenting the weights in tsps/ tbps.


1 cup rava (semolina)

3/4 cup sugar

2 tbsp ghee (clarified unsalted butter)

2 tbsp milk (warm)

2 pods cardamom, powdered

10 cashewnuts, halved

10 raisins

2 tbsp freshly grated coconut


Heat the ghee in a pan/ wok. Turn down the heat and fry the raisins, stirring constantly. Remove them from the ghee once they puff up.
In the same ghee, fry the cashewnuts till they're golden brown. Similarly lightly toast the coconut and keep both aside.
Add the rava (semolina) to the remaining ghee and roast the rava, stirring constantly, till it is pinkish in colour and gives off an aroma.

In a bowl, put the rava, cashews, raisins, coconut and the cardamom powder. Add the sugar and mix well.
Now add the milk (1 tbsp at a time) and mix. Add just enough milk so that if you hold the rava mixture in your palm and try to shape it, it should hold the shape.

At this point, put this mixture back inot the pan/ wok (used for roasting the rava) and cook the mixture over low heat for 2 minutes. Stir well, then cover it and let it rest for another 2 minutes. By now the mixture would be cool enough to handle.

Lightly grease your palms with ghee, if necessary, and work quickly to shape into balls the size of small lemons. If the laddoos seem a little soft, they will set once they're completely cool.
This recipe makes 10 laddoos.


This method is slightly different from the way I usually make mine. Mine calls for making a sugar syrup with milk and sugar and then adding the other ingredients to it.
This recipe is certainly better as there is no need to gauge the sugar syrup consistency. This is also the first time I've seen coconut in rava laddoo.

I would definitely recommend this recipe over those which use ghee (as this lower in fat) even though the milk in this recipe would mean the laddoos need to be eaten within 4 to 5 days.
This is also a very easy method. I made these laddoos in half an hour!


Prathibha said...

wow they are perfect Aparna..
I think this will be the best shaped laddu I have seen in a couple of days..looks yummy n soft..

Sumi said...

better late than never..nice white ladoos.though Iam not a sweets person, I enjoyed making them an also eating them:)

Nithya said...

Rava laadoo looks yummy and perfect. The pics are absolutely appealing. :) Great job.

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks very delicious. I love the picture where laddoo is sitting like a cute cuppy cake.

Manggy said...

Ah, no wonder it looked familiar as I just saw it on Nirmala's-- there's a challenge! :) Looks and sounds delicious, Aparna :)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Those Laddoos look wonderful Aparna. I have never tried any but you have me wanting to now.

Usha said...

These look just perfect !

Srivalli said...

Great aparna..looks lovely!..glad your akshaya liked it..

Bong Mom said...

Loved their look

Parita said...

Perfect, loved the way you have presented, they look very moist and delicious!

Suparna said...

Hi Aparna,
Laddoos look 'melt in mouth' types.
The first pic's cute ....the pink muffin liner compliments the rava laddoo so beautifully...(reminds me of a balerina ;))
I T&T ur Almond shortcakes, it turned out good,it Could've been better so I'll try it again sometime :) Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

Lone Acorn said...

I just love laddoos. This made me nostalgic. I had a friend in my college days who used to bring all sorts of laddoos whenever she was back from home. And all were lovely with different tastes.
Semolina one you gave is an easy one. I will try it on the weekend for sure.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Great looking laddoos! I love that they dont have as much ghee!! The ICC sounds like a great idea!

Bergamot said...

For the past few days... I have seen so many recipes for rava laddoos... each equally delicious. Love the ladoos you made. Like the way you decorated it by place in a muffin base.

Cynthia said...

I must give this a try sometime.

Miri said...

Perfect! I wish I could have got my act together to support the first edition of this event!

Lisa Michelle said...

I had something similar to this once several years ago and have been looking for a good recipe for it for ages! Yours look to be exactly what I want! Beautiful!!

Barbara said...

I like the use of semolina in these laddoos, Aparna. Your recipe sounds easy enough for me to give it a try, thanks!

vidhas said...

I love this laddu, my mom makes it so nice. Yours is tempting and looking gorgeous.

singinghorse said...

The recipe sounds really delightful. It's really rich and simply to make. Thanks for sharing!

Aparna said...

I was happy to be reminded to make this again, with an easier recipe this time. :)

The laddoo in the cupcake liner was a last minute inspiration which turned out right in the picture.

Suparna, I hope the second try turns out better.

I hope you you all are inspired to give this a go. Its not at all difficult.