Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rava/Rawa/Semolina Laddoo for Indian Cooking Challenge

I love learning authentic dishes from all regions of India. And blogging made it so much possible. This is the reason I joined blogging, so that I can share authentic recipes from my part of India and can learn other authentic regional recipes from my fellow bloggers. Over that, one great blogger, Srivalli of Cooking 4 All Seasons masterminded an event, Indian Cooking Challenge, where we can serve this purpose very easily and effectively. I loved the idea and joined immidiately in this event. The event has started from the mid of this month, so as a trial we are learning RAWA LADDOO(a round sweet made with semolina, raisins and nuts) this month, which I never made at home. Before that, I thought it must be very hard to make at home, but after we got this authentic recipe from Srivalli, it was so much easy. Everyone in my family loved it and it is a delicious, nutritious and enjoyable sweet. It is loaded with the goodness of Rawa/semolina and nuts. It's a good snack for kids, too.

Recipe and ingredients are as provided by Srivalli (makes 10 laddoos of normal size)
Ingredients :

Rawa/ Semolina/Suji - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Ghee - 25 gms/3 tbsp.
Milk - 25 ml/1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Cashew nuts, pistachios and almonds - 1/2 cup
Raisins - 10 nos(chopped)
Dates - 4 (chopped)
Grated fresh coconut - 25 gms/1/2 cup

Method :
  • Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a kadai/wok. Once the ghee is hot enough, simmer the flame and roast all the nuts, dates and raisins. Once the raisins balloon up, remove. Then roast the grated coconut. Remove once done. Keep all these aside.
  • Add the remaining ghee and roast the Rawa till its well roasted and aroma starts coming out.
  • In a bowl, take all the roasted Rava, Nuts, Coconut and add the Cardamom powder. Then add the sugar. Mix well. Then slowly add the warm milk into the bowl. Check if you are able to gather as balls. When you find that milk added is enough to get you laddos, transfer it back to the kadai .
Note: In other way, as I did, Take all the roasted ingredients in a wok, in low flame, keep stirring continuously for about 5-7 minutes. Then slowly add the warm milk into the bowl. Check if you are able to gather as balls.
  • Cook in sim for 2 mins. Mix well and then cover it and let it rest for 2 mins. Then immediately make balls or laddoo.

Tips :

  • While roasting the Rava, make sure you have the flames in sim, else there is a chance of the rava getting over roasted.
  • Its enough to add only the required amount of milk to get you form balls. Depending on the rava and the sugar at times we may not use all the 25 gms
  • Since we add milk, its best to consume within 5 days of making them. If you store them in fridge, you can have them for a week.
  • Tips from me : While rolling the laddoos, take little cold milk on a flat plate, dip both of your hands in there, then roll the laddos, you won't feel the hotness of rawa. Take a little lump, press between your right hand. Then take a drop of ghee on your left palm, roll the lump of rawa with both hands as shown in the bottom pics. This way, you will get a perfect round laddoo. For every laddoo, repeat the whole prodcess.


Parita said...

Loved the addition of dates!! perfect!

Padma said...

Delicious rawa laddoo's... they look so perfect ...

Ann said...

Dear, I need one.. pl parcel that to me. Lovely looking Ladoos

Indrani said...

Thanks, Parita and padma..
@ Ann, you're welcome to have the whole plate when you come by me

sowmya said...

lokks perfect..

LG said...

IT is raining laddoos in blogosphere..those in the pic look yummo!

Sharmila said...

Darun dekhte hoyeche laddoo gulo Indrani! Ami laddoo gorte pari na ... tai tomar tips gulor jonne onek thanks. :-)

Usha said...

Looks tempting and perfect !

Priti said...

Looks awesome

Bong Mom said...

Bah, khub sundor hoyeche to

SGD said...

Eta amar khub favourite...kintu baarite banate jaantaam na...
besh time taking, na?

Indrani said...

Thanks a lot, LG, sowmya, sharmila, Usha

Indrani said...

Thanks, priti & Bong mom
@ SGD.........eta ekdom-i time taking na, takes about 30 min., very easy to prepare

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