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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rava Ladoo-Rava Laddu Recipe

Every year my mother used to make Rava ladoo for Diwali. I used to follow her recipe. This time I wanted to try a different version for a change along with my mom's version. So I made rava laddu with coconut and milk in it. It tasted delicious but these laddus do not have a long self life as we have added milk and coconut to it. I have given you my mother's rava laddu recipe also which does not have milk and coconut in it, so will stay fresh for more than 15 days. I made both for the sake of my dear readers. You can try and enjoy both versions as both are delicious and very simple. Today let us learn how to prepare rava laddu using our easy rava ladoo recipe-

Rava Laddu RecipeHow to make Rava ladoos
Recipe source- vahrehvah.com

Ingredients needed
Makes 20 small laddus as in the picture

Rava/Semolina/Sooji -1 cup
Grated coconut -3/4 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup

Cashew nuts - 15
Raisins -15-20
Blanched almonds -10
Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp
Milk -1/4 cup and little more
Ghee - 2 tbsp


Heat a tbsp of ghee and roast the rava over low heat till it changes color to light brown and you get a nice smell of roasted rava.

Powder sugar and keep it ready.

how to make rava ladoosMethod

1.Heat another tbsp of ghee and fry the raisins, cashew nuts and almonds till raisins puff up and the nuts change color slightly.

2.Then add grated coconut and roast for a few more minutes.(see 2nd pic above)

How to make sooji ladoo
3.Then add the roasted rava and mix well. Add sugar, cardamom powder and roast for a few more minutes.

4.Switch off the flame, add milk little by little and keep mixing it well. If you are able to make ladoos, stop adding milk.

rava ladduWhen the heat is bearable, divide mixture into equal parts and make small balls out of it.

sooji ladooRava Ladoos are ready. Store them in an airtight container. Since we have added milk, these ladoos can be stored only for 2-3 days.

It was very tasty, soft and divine and just melted in our mouths.

Another method of making Rava laddu (Tamil style) - My mom's method
Makes 14 laddus

Rava -1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Cashew nuts -15
Raisins -20
Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp
Ghee -1/2 cup

Heat 2 tsp of ghee and roast rava over low flame till you get a nice aroma of roasted rava.

Now grind the rava to a coarse powder and the sugar to a fine powder.

Take 1 cup of this coarsely powdered rava, 1 cup of powdered sugar, cardamom powder and mix it well with your hands.

semolina ladduFry cashew nuts (break it into small pieces) , raisins separately in ghee and add to the above mix. (See picture above)

Heat ghee well and mix little by little to the rava+ sugar mix and make balls when hot.(when your hands can bear the heat). Do not pour all the ghee to the mix. I did not need the whole 1/2 cup of ghee, I used a little less.

After it cools, store it in an air tight container.

Note -My view is that, if you powder rava finely, it will not be easy on your throat, so it is advisable to powder it coarsely.

If the ghee has become cold, instead of re heating, keep it over a bowl of boiling water.

These Home made Sooji ladoos make Perfect gifts for Diwali.

Meet you all again with another interesting recipe, till then it is bye from Padhu of padhuskitchen.com


  1. yummy ladoos..lovely flavors..I had it some time back in India
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    Erivum Puliyum

  2. All the variation are tempting,as festive season is on in my town I am sure to make this!

  3. Nice recipe...Looks very very yum!

  4. omg...this is absolutely delicious..:)

  5. what a sweet recipe that is.looks divine.

  6. yum, the coconut milk must taste really good in there :)

  7. This Rava laddu luks invitingly good.I will try the first one since the second method has been tried for years.

  8. wow they look so delicious and yummy pictures !!!!

  9. Yum ....looks so delicious ...one of my fav.

  10. wow....rava ladoo looks absolutel yummy. nice presentation.

  11. My mom makes rava laddoos without milk too and I loooveee them!! But I adore the one with milk..They turn out soft & yummy!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. looks great! very yummy....

  13. Love these. Looks perfect and yummm.

  14. super delicious ladoos. love to try these.

  15. Both the recipes are awesome...a must try. :)

  16. Dear Padhu,

    I'm just loving your blog very much. I live abroad and I miss mom-made food every single day. I accidentally came across your blog while I was searching for some easy recipes for Diwali and I'm really glad I found your blog :). All your recipes are really well explained and the illustrations are just so great. Hats off to your patience and creativity. I'm book marking the blog right away bcos I'm sure I'll be coming back very often :). All the best and keep up the good work :). Happy diwali!!!


  17. Thanks Padhu... nice recipes... My laddus aren't too tight.. they break.. probably because the heat wasn't sufficient.. do you know if this can be fixed now? if so, could you tell me how?


  18. Hey even i tried making Rava Laddoo.. n U r correct they are a perfect gift for any ocassion..
    My recipe was a bit different if you would like to check it out- Foodies Fun

  19. Hi padhu the milk added is it boiled or not...

  20. Sorna lakshmi- Milk is boiled but at room temperature.

  21. thanks for your recipies,being an iyengar...i need all the help to make these delicacies for gokulashtmi! as iam away from my mother and mil.

  22. The recipes given r just bravo love ya.

  23. dear Padhu, my grand mother used to makerava ladoo in a totally different method . she made something like upma then made the ladoo . any idea how it is done?

  24. thank u very much dear padhu. every thursday i offer prasad to lord shiva. ur receipes help me lot while preparing sweets.

  25. Awesome. Just tried it. Came out awesome!

  26. Hi padhu,i know rava laddu with milk & coconut but i dnt with ghee.this recipie is awesome.it suits for all festivals

  27. Nice recipes.should the milk used here should be boiled the boiled milk or pain milk?

    1. Boiled lukewarm milk. Sorry I could not reply to you immediately as I was taking a break after Diwali work.

  28. Hi Paddu..I am a great fan of your site..Always follow your nice recipes and the rava laddu also came well...Thanks a lot

  29. Hi padhu,
    I just tried rava ladoo it came out really good.thank you very much.can you please post on methi leaves receipes as I stay in abroad and I get only these leaves.

  30. Hi Padu,Appreciate all the wonderful recipes..i have tried many of them and they have been great.thankyou:)

  31. Hi Padhu, first time i prepared this rava laddu,which has come a gr8 taste with the help of your recipe. Thanks a lot!!

  32. I tried the variation of the recipe without milk and coconuts. I was skeletal as to how I might be able to make the mixture into ball-shaped laddus. But I was surprised that it came out easily and neatly. My give year old daughter loved the rava laddus which I made using your recipe. Thanks!

  33. skeptical (not skeletal), sorry for the typo

  34. Hi Padhu,
    You are doing a wonderful job by guiding youngsters with awesome recipes to cook!!! I have tried many of your recipes from rava ladoo, Black Forest cake, apple cake, oats cake,Badam halwa, ragi adai .....it goes on!! All the recipes have always been hit in my friends circle.
    Continue your good work and inspire more people to cook...Thanks!!

  35. Hi Padhu, i tried making ladoos, (your moms version) but i wasn't able to make the balls. They were so fragile and would break into pieces with a single touch. What could have been the problem?

    1. With warm ghee you will be able to make balls. You can add more ghee if you are not able to make balls. Another reason can be that the rava might have been too coarse.

  36. Hi... thnkz a ton for both the methods of making it we iyengers make it the second way but since am nee to it i culdnt until i saw ur blog and reciep ... i really thnk u a lot ..

  37. Hi Padhu
    I made the laddus today for Karthikai..it came out really well... delicious


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