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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  • Anisha
    Anisha October 6, 2011 at 5:06 AM

    These ladoos look yummy... wish I could try one.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous October 6, 2011 at 5:19 AM

    Que bueno!!! Me encanta este dulce de coco, tiene que estar muy buenísimo.

  • Crumpled Chillies
    Crumpled Chillies October 7, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    laddoos with rava is new to me!
    and sounds so easy to make as well.. thanks for posting this recipe! :) will try it out!

    u may like to check out my food blog as well! :)

  • Aradhna Mangla
    Aradhna Mangla October 7, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    These look absolutely scrumptious!

  • Gayu
    Gayu October 7, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Hi Kalyan

    What a variety...I mean you have everything here..travel, recipes...photography.

    I loved your blog. This weekend is gonna be super busy...I shall try out some recipes and read your posts.

    And I just love ladooooos:)


  • Erika
    Erika October 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    I'm gourmand. I like very much these sweets.
    "Ciao" Kalyan

  • Aakash Kokz
    Aakash Kokz October 9, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Yummy! I'm eagerly awaiting the Diwali cuz I'd get to eat lots of tasty ladoos like this one, beautiful :)

  • Emily Malloy
    Emily Malloy October 14, 2011 at 9:59 AM


  • Ash
    Ash January 13, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    Oh, that sure looks yummy!

  • Nisha
    Nisha January 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Looks really yum.

  • Max Coutinho
    Max Coutinho June 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM


    Ladoo sounds so tempting! Mmmmmmm....
    I will try this recipe and pray to God that I won't get fat lol lol.

    Thanks for sharing.


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