Rava Ladoo with Coconut Milk Recipe

Laddoo is a ball-shaped sweet made of flour and sugar with other ingredients that vary by recipe. It is often served at festive or religious occasions or family events such as weddings and births, or given as a prasad at Hindu temples.

Laddu comes from the Sanskrit word transliterated as ladduka or lattika meaning a small ball. Common flours used for laddu include besan (chickpea flour), rava (wheat semolina) and ground coconut. These are combined with sugar and other flavorings, cooked in ghee and molded into a ball shape. Some laddu recipes are prepared using Ayurvedic medicinal ingredients, including methi laddu and resin laddu.

Here is a recipe of the Coconut Rava Laddoo:


3 cups rava (sooji/semolina)
2 cups powdered sugar
10 tsp powder milk
200 gm grated khoya (ricotta cheese)
2 tsp ghee/ clarified butter
1 tsp cardamom powder (elaichi)
15 raisins
1 tbsp cashew nuts
1/2 cup coconut milk
A pinch of Saffron strands (optional)
A pinch of salt
Silver leaf (optional)


1. Heat 1 tsp ghee in a saucepan and roast the rava over a low flame till golden brown in colour. Stir continuously to ensure that the rava is evenly roasted. Cool the rava and grind it to a coarse powder.

2. Add coconut and fry till the moisture is evaporated. Add sugar to the coconut and set it aside for 10 minutes.

3. Heat the rest of the ghee and fry the chopped dry fruits in it. Sauté the cheese till it collects together (stir continuously). Mix the powdered rava, saffron strands, coconut, salt and add the elaichi powder to it.

4. Remove the mixture from stove. When the mixture cools, sprinkle milk on the rava mixure and make small round balls the size of lemons.

5. Garnish with chopped nuts and decorate with silver leaf.
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