Me and making sweets? God! Wonder what got into me for a change (Kuih Buah Melaka, Mango Cheesecake & Lemon Buttermilk Cake). Must be the Deepavali,, Diwali or Festival Of Lights spirit. Or maybe since I had some semolina or rava in stock, I thought I might as well. I might as well use it up (Sujee Cake & Rava Kesari) and the type of sweet that popped up on my mind was Rava Laddu, also known or spelled as Ladoo. Rava Laddu? Round sweet rava made and ghee loaded and scented by cardamom and mine as you have already noted, are the small, cute adorable ones instead of huge balls which by far are such a waste. I mean, honestly, tell me, can we like finish off the one huge ball? Seriously, I can't understand why people make big laddu balls? I think these people don't understand the concept to wasting or they must be rich until they can't less about whether laddu is eaten or after taking a few bites, thrown. Rava Laddu by the way, definitely is a sugar rush pleasure amongst Indians and without laddu, Indian festivals are not complete.
1 cup semolina/rava/suji flour
1 cup grated coconut
3 tbsp ghee
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp cashew nuts - break into smaller pieces
3 red and green cherries - chopped/ cut into pieces
1/4 cup sugar
A pinch of cardamom powder
1/4 tsp saffron strands (optional)
Heat ghee and fry cashew nuts till crispy and brown in color.
Add rava and coconut.
Stir and cook over low heat until they become brown.
Add sugar and saffron strands, continue to stir for another 3 mins.
Remove from heat and pour milk while mixing.
Lastly add nutmeg and cherries.
Pinch the mixture and roll into balls.
Allow to dry for 2 hours.
(Add milk if mixture doesn't come together to be rolled)