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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rava Laddoo - Indian Cooking Challenge (Trial Round)

Hi dear friends, finally I am back after a long break. We are slowly settling down in our new house.

So here comes Rava Laddoo for the Indian Cooking Challenge (Trial Round). This is the most easiest sweets I have ever known. No need to have any cooking knowledge. Every state in India has its own version of this ladoo.
This was one among the few sweets I had made for my 1st Diwali after marriage. It was the milk version. I had decorated it a bit and had served it along with the other sweets and snacks to my FIL. And he was relishing it and asking me did you bring it from the shop. And after knowing that it was home made he both surprised and happy.
And so Rava Ladoo is a no tension sweet. Here are a few versions for the Rava Ladoo.

Rava Laddoo

Ingredients Needed:

Makes - 10 Laddoos of normal size


Rava / Semolina - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Ghee - 25 gms
Milk - 25 ml
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Cashew nuts - 10 whole nuts
Raisins - 10 nos
Grated fresh coconut - 25 gms

Method to prepare:
Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a kadai. Once the ghee is hot enough, simmer the flame and roast cashew nuts 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 Rava 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 and cook in sim for 2 mins. Mix well and then cover it and let it rest for 2 mins. Then immediately make balls or laddoos.

Notes:
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.


The other version followed is
The rava after being roasted can be powdered using a blender. Add sugar to this and make a powder. Add a little ghee to this mixture and make small balls out of this.

Now this Rava Ladoo is being served to all on behalf of the Indian Cooking Challenge Team. My dear friend Srivalli is the Mastermind behind this Challenge.

Rava Laddoo