Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Rava-Coconut Ladoos

I know I've been pretty irregular with my posts lately, but I've had a lot of random stuff going on these days. My parents will be leaving for India in a few weeks and have been a bit occupied with last minute prep to send them off. Plus, other family stuff has had me a bit preoccupied, too.

You might have wanted to see the rava ladoo that I mentioned I sent to my SIL in my last post. I love making this rava ladoo because it's so easy to throw together and fast. Add to that that it's one of my SIL's favorite sweets and mails well and I had a perfect item to send her. :)

Nothing really new about this rava ladoo. I like my sweets to be moderately sweet, so I've used 1 cup of sugar. If you like very sweet sweets, you can increase the sugar as per your taste. These wind up being sweet, firm, melt in your mouth ladoos flavored with cardamom and the mild sweetness of coconut. Add to this raisins and cashews and you've got a delicious treat!



Ingredients:

Rava - 2 cups, roasted until golden brown in 3 tbsp of ghee and cooled
Ghee - 1/3 - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1 cup, or as per taste
Grated coconut or dessicated coconut- 1 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Cardamom - 3, powdered or 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
Cashews - 2 tbsp, roasted in ghee and kept aside
Golden raisins - 2 tbsp, roasted in ghee and kept aside

Method:

1. Grind roasted and cooled rava in a mixie with sugar until it's fairly finely powdered. Remove from mixie.

2. If using fresh coconut, microwave for 1 minute to dry it out. Cool it, then grind in mixie until powdered. If using dessicated coconut, just powder it until finely powdered. Add to the rava/sugar mix along with cardamom powder.

3. Now, add milk along with fried raisins and cashews to this and mix to combine. Slowly add ghee until you have a slightly loose, but not extremely loose mix.

4. Form the mix into balls of the size you like. I got about 15 ladoos with this recipe. Place the balls on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper and allow to firm up. This takes 15 to 30 minutes.

Enjoy rava ladoo with a cup of cardamom tea or mail them to your loved ones!

Given the addition of coconut in these delicious treats, I'm sending these to Suganya for AFAM coconut!

60 comments:

Happy cook said...

I love this laddo, looks really delicious

Cham said...

My mom makes for diwali Kalai. U just remind her sweet, they look like snow balls, elegant and delectable one Dear! Lucky SIL!

Kalai said...

OMG! I just hit the publish button and went to send an email. I come back and find 2 comments already!! You girls are quick, HC and Cham! :)

Happy Cook, I'm glad you like them! :)

Am so glad I reminded you of your mom, Cham! :)

Madhavi said...

Ladu looks so cuteeeee, mouthwatering entry Kalai!!!

Asha said...

Looks so white and perfect Kalai.I like my sweets less sweet too, weird but ture!:D
You must miss your parents terribly, enjoy them while you can !Hugs to you.

Suma Rajesh said...

nice recipe for the coconut event...they looks good cute

Archy said...

My mom makes the same way !!
Nice pic with perfect white color !!

Sujatha said...

First time here.. nice blog and super recipes! Love your coconut ladoos... And thanks for stopping by my blog too :)

Illatharasi said...

Hi Kalai, first time to your blog. Ladoos look delicious. Thanks for your comments on my blog, do visit often:)

Rina said...

Kalai, I love this..Thanks for sharing...will try it for the holiday next week.

indosungod said...

Kalai, they look good, so perfectly round and white. Don't think I have ever tasted with coconut in them.

Hetal said...

Love these laddoos....I am coming at ur place to eat them..he.he:D

Maya said...

Rava ladoos are looking too good. That makes me want to make them soon :)..

Kribha said...

Kalai... those are perfectly made ladoos. I had such a tough time doing my dry fruit ladoos. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I've never tried making rava ladoos for the fear of shaping them while they are hot. But with my MIL on my side I'll surely try it sometime. Thanks for the post.

DK said...

aaah! I so love this laddoo! I have been trying to keep away from them for a looong time! seeing ur pic made me drool girl! Have to make them now 2morrow :-) and if i add few pounds to "structure", I am coming straight to ur door to thrash u ;-) hehehehe :) Jus kidding! They look tooo good!

Sig said...

Nice looking laddoos Kalai... Wishing your parents a safe trip back home...

Uma said...

oh you grind the rava for these laddus? I just roast them and mix with other ingredients. YOur recipe looks so cool, Kalai! the laddus are inviting me to eat them and have a blast! Thanks for the delicious recipe dear!

Raaga said...

these look very nice :-)

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sra said...

I AM the kind who likes sweet sweets, when I eat them. I like the 'gritty' texture of rava laddu.

Sia said...

kalai, laddos look fab. this was the only sweet i liked while growing up(and also gulab jamun)

Revathi said...

you amaze me with your posts about indian food. rava ladoo is experts zone and you have proved you are an expert..

Kudos they look lovely..can just pop one in my mouth right now !!

Sangeetha said...

The ladoos look YUM! Kudos for making sweets even on ordinary days...I am lazy when it comes to making sweets and usually reserve them for Diwali :)

Hetal said...

Check out my blog,have something for you..

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bhags said...

how i have been meaning to make them....ur looks all the more tempting to me

Laavanya said...

These look amazing Kalai.. I envy your SIL :)

sowmya said...

laddod looks really inviting...nice entry

Maheswari said...

Nice entry.I just adore those.adding coconut is new to me.Mom always makes them but without coconut.I am waiting to post my entry..

Bharathy said...

Rava and coconut is a wonderful combo, though new to me!...Yes I second revathi here..Expert Kalai :)..sweet picture too..Love it :)

Sireesha said...

Love these ladoos....My mom makes the same way !!
Lodoos look perfect and mouthwatering.....

Alka said...

Hi,
Thanks for stopping by on my blog(sindhirasoi.com) and taking out time to leave some nice words ....i really love it when good words pour in from fellow bloggers
Now coming to rava ladoos...well this might be umpteenth time that i may be writing about how i dislike sweets and how much my family loves them.By now almost whole blogosphere had come to know about it,but evryone is coming up wid a sweet or baked dish..Now my son is really going to drive me in kitchen to try all the sweet stuff roaming in blogosphere...lolz
Will let u know what my son's rating is there for these rava ladoos
Happy blogging

Daily Meals said...

Delicious laddoos...

Mandira said...

those laddoos looks fantastic!

Vaishali said...

Rava laddoo is a childhood favorite. These look delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe, Kalai!

Kalai said...

Thanks, Madhavi! :)

Thank you, Ashakka! My parents are just going for a visit so they'll be back soon. Thanh goodness! :)

Suma, thank you! :)

Great to hear your mom makes it the same way, Archana! :)

Kalai said...

Sujatha, welcome to my blog, dear. Am glad you like my site! :)

Illatharasi, thanks, ma. Welcome to my blog! :)

Rina, looking forward to your feedback! :)

ISG, if you like coconut, you'll love these! :)

Hetal, come on over! :)

Kalai said...

Hope you try making them soon, Maya! :)

Kribha, thank you!! Actually, the mix is not super hot when you form them, so I think you'll be fine. Let me know how it goes! :)

Dhivi, come on over! Thanks and I hope it turns out well for you, too! :)

Sig, thanks, dear. They're going for a few weeks, but hope it all goes well! :)

Uma, grinding it doesn't seem to make it super powdery... So, the classic rava texture is still there. :)

Kalai said...

Raaga, thank you! :)

Sra, please feel free to increase the sugar to your heart's content! I love the texture, too! :)

Thanks, Sia! :)

Revathi, you are so kind, dear!! I am definitely no expert, but thanks for saying so! :)

Sangeetha, thank you! :)

A&N, welcome to my blog! My pleasure to share! :)

Kalai said...

Bhags, it's really not too complicated. Hope it goes well! :)

Laavanya, thank you! She is a very happy woman when she has ladoos in her house! :)

Sowmya, thank you! :)

Maheshwari, try it with coconut if you like coconut. The taste is really yum! :)

Bharathy, you are such a sweetheart! I am still learning so much about cooking and life in general, though. I really admire people like you who manage to do so much!! :)

Kalai said...

Sireesha, thanks! :)

Alka, sorry that you don't like sweets! I guess that's more for your son to enjoy, huh? Looking forward to your feedback! :)

Kalai said...

Daily Meals, thank you!

Mandira and Vaishali, thanks ladies!! :)

Namratha said...

Nice pic Kalai, love rava laddoos!

Devi Priya said...

Another delicious ladoo..

Meera said...

Though I don't like sweets much, this one is my most favorite laddoo. How mouthwatering they look!! Can I have one please???:-D

Nags said...

wht a lovely idea for AFAM :) and easy too

Aparna said...

These are great laddoos, aren't they? I make them without the coconut. I make them every Diwali at my daughter's insistence.

Priya said...

Coconut in rava ladoo is new to me. These look perfect :)

Amrutha said...

Mouthwatering Ladoos. Have something for you in my blog.

TBC said...

They look very nice and are so simple to make too!

Richa said...

ur laddoos look so good, kalai! they r my fav :)

Siri said...

aah! the classic rava laddoo..Lovely entry Kalai..:)

Hugs,
Siri

Rajitha said...

kalai...i really don't know if can can make those lovely ladoos so perfect in size!! i tend to make them bigger and bigger with each passing one...get so bored :D

Cham said...

Sweetie, come and collect my little appreciation to my spot :)

kamala said...

Kalai , missed ur post ..Ladoos look so delicoius....I have sweet tooth and rava ladoos is one of my fav tooo.Enjoy ur days with ur parents..Great entry

vandana rajesh said...

Wow Rawa ladoo..my fav

Andhra Flavors said...

laddu looks delicious! laddu with cashew.. tempting.

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

those are perfect looking laddus..great entry...i dont know if u know it, i am a sweets person and i am seriously craving some NOW!

Miri said...

These rava laddoos look great Kalai, perfect rounds of heaven! I love these!!

Miri

Mishmash ! said...

Can I take one from that? :)looks divine...

Anisheetu said...

First time to ur blog and wow this surely is a great recipe... So many comments congrats!!!! I loved those and they made me remember my MOM :)would add u in my blog roll and visit often... :)