Sep 19, 2012

Rawa Coconut Ladoo ~ Ganesh Chaturthi Special

Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha !!!!!!!

    Ganesh Chaturthi is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi.Ganesh Chaturthi, or Vinayaka Chaturti, is the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom, prosperity and auspiciousness.  Ganesha is today worshipped around the world and the Elephant-faced Hindu god is one of the most popular divinity associated with Hinduism. Like symbol ‘Om’, Ganesha is slowly becoming the face of Hindu religion. A special sweet dish called Modak and many other sweets, along with milk, is offered to idols of Lord Ganeshji at home and in temples.

     One famous traditional sweet dish which is usually prepared on Ganesh Chaturthi is Rawa Ladoo. Semolina coconut ladoo are sweets made of powdered rava and sugar and flavored with ghee, cardamon and cashews. It was very tasty, soft and divine and just melted in mouth. 


Rava/Semolina - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup (powdered)
Coconut (grated) - 1 cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp + 1.5 tsp for frying.
Cardamom -1 pinch (powdered)
Milk - 1/2 to 3/4 tbsp
Cashewnuts - 5 (broken)
Raisin - 6

Method :

Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a kadai. Once the ghee is hot enough, simmer the flame and roast cashew nuts and raisin.

Once the raisins balloon up, remove. 

Then the roast the grated coconut, till golden brown. Keep all these aside.

Add the remaining ghee and roast the Rava till its well roasted and aroma starts coming out. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a bowl, take all the roasted Rava, nuts, coconut and add the Cardamom powder. Then add the sugar powdered. Mix well.

Then slowly add the warm milk into the bowl. Check if you are able to gather as balls.

When warm enough to handle, squeeze a handful of the mixture between your fingers and palm to form small balls.If the mixture is too dry and starts to crumble, add few teaspoons of milk, one at a time, and form the balls. Don’t worry if the Rava Laddu/Ladoo is too soft as they will harden after a while.

Rava Ladoos are ready. Store them in an airtight container.

Sending this to Indrani's "Spotlight : Festive Food" event hosted by me, Priti's "Festive Food Ganesh Chaturthi" event, Pari's "Show Me Your Dessert" event, Nivedhanam's "Authentic Indian Sweets"

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