Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Semolina (Rava) Ladoo

Deepavali/Diwali, the festival of lights is around the corner. My Hindu friends are busy. Cleaning, shopping and deciding on the menu to welcome this wonderful celebration. I used to be like them. Preparation to entertain would stretch for a week. Planning the menu, buying the ingredients and almost two days sweating in the kitchen (Indian Masala Chicken Curry, Cucumber Carrot Achar, Chilli Mutton Potato & Pulao Rice). But for the past 3 years, I have slowed down. In fact no more open house because of my health. Nothing really worrying, I just can't cope with the amount of work involved. Tiring once you add another number to your age (Ney Sambar & Curried Mutton Bone Marrow), also, at this age, I can count the number of true friends. Of course on facebook its showy to show 1,000 over friends but let me tell you that in real life, its a different story all together. 

Bottom line, Deepavali is a different rhythm now. Bye to entertaining friends and hi in in-laws houses. Family gathering basically. Therefore, there is no baking and what not (Kesari, Coco Coconut Peanut Candy, Orange Cheesecake, Sujee Cake & Nestum Lemon Meringue Pie). Basically, everything in my house is kept simple. Mind you, let me remind you, I didn't make this cutie ball ladoos for Deepavali. I made just to get a feel of how it can be. A month ago, recipe from VahRehVah. Recipe was tweeted, an hour to make and instead of making huge big balls, I think small cute ones are attractive. While adults will probably break the big ball and have a small piece, kids will take a few bites, and then quietly throw the balance somewhere in your house for ants to party. So, why waste and why break your back with the extra cleaning for the next few days (Pandan Lime Cordial, Condensed Milk Coconut Bars, Mango Sticky Rice, Lemongrass Cordial & Ondeh Ondeh).Cute tiny balls, instead of huge balls. Don't waste, nobody really enjoy sweet treats that much now. Keep it small and have a ball of this traditional Indian sweet - pleasingly pleasing with the scent of ghee and nutmeg. We are health conscious, too much of sugar is the road to health disaster, especially for those in my age group of 50's.
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 nutmeg (or cardamom)
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)  
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  1. looks superb...i just love those ladoos...

  2. Hi Nava, yummy suji balls. Love this very much! Here's wishing you and your family Happy Deepavali :)

  3. I have never try this before. In fact, I must admit that I have not heard of this.

  4. They look so delicious, Nava! I'll be including this on my list of not-so-sweet sweets.:) Lovely clicks!

  5. These cutie ladies look yummy.
    Happy Diwali to you & your family

  6. Very beautifully made delicious ladoos Nava, love it....

  7. lovely ladoos... i am going to make them right away...

  8. It looks delicious .Colorful rava ladoo.Take care of your health nava.

  9. ladoo looks super delicious..perfectly made....lovely presentation

  10. looks yummy..i am goin to make it soon..

    my recent one :http://www.indianbeautyzone.com/2013/10/haul-post-by-tejinder-with-inglot.html

  11. laddos looks so cute, I like this size ladoos so I can control my portion, going to try soon.

  12. Perfect festive food.These mi laddus are a feast to eyes too

  13. Wow Nava!! Perfect Diwali recipe!!
    I had disappeared once again, i came back on time i will be making this quick laddus soon :)

  14. cute little ladoo...beautiful pictures...

  15. Adding green cherries is new to me.. Looks so colorful..Kids will surely love these balls..

  16. I am also busy cleaning and preparing for Diwali..
    My mum makes these laddoo's too
    Keep in touch,

  17. Lol that is very true Nava ! adults break the ladoo and take a small piece and kids give ants a party :))
    Rava ladoo looks delicious.

  18. Wow , Love those Ladoos , Would love to grab one ladoo now .

  19. Delicious ladoos Nava! Yes, I am quite busy with Diwali celebrations too mainly getting all the sweets done. Ghee is a must in Indian sweets, isn't it! It doesn't come cheap here but really can't do without it. I love the bite sized portion of these ladoos.

  20. They look so cute and yummy ! I love the clicks and the presentation too !

  21. Me encantan se ven muy deliciosos,abrazos.

  22. Very colorful and and delightful ladoos. One of must have sweet on Deepawali :)

  23. Perfectly done, I do it without milk.

  24. Oh, i like the idea of adding red and green cherries... adds a nice colour to the otherwise boring looking ladoos :)

  25. Just posted Rava Ladoo in my blog today.. Your s look so colourful :)

  26. Wonderful ladoos from a non sweet lover...


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