Sunday, February 22, 2009
Rava Ladoo - Quick and Easy
One of the most commonly found south indian sweets is Rava Laddoo. No festival is complete without Rava Ladooo as the sweet of honour. I guess being one of the easiest sweets to prepare, it takes hardly any time to make. To top it all, the number of ingredients are few and very easily found in any pantry.
I simply love rava laddoos. They taste awesome. One can grind the rava and the sugar to a fine powder which is how they make it here in Madras. But I like it a little more coarsely ground. I think it gets more chewy that way and there is a lot more bite to it. The finely powdered ones just suddenly explode in your mouth. I usually have the ones from Grand Sweets. Though they taste simply divine, the oral explosions can be a little unnerving. Therefore, the preference for a more grainy version of the laddoo.
This was made for Deepavali at home. But as usual was not able to post it then. So here goes..
1 cup Rava or fine suji ( cream of wheat)
4 tablespoons Ghee or butter
1 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cardamom powder
20 Cashew nuts
1/4 cup Milk
Heat the ghee till melted.
Fry the cashew nuts till golden brown , then add the raisins to the same ghee. When the raisins get plump, take it off the flame. remove the cashew nuts and the raisins.
In the same ghee, add the rava and fry till it gets aromatic and a little brown.
Add the sugar at this point and fry for a few minutes till the sugar strats to melt. Add the milk and take off the flame.
Before the whole mass gets too cool, shape into balls. Use cold milk to wet your hands every now and then to help shape the laddoos.
Cool and consume within the week.