A traditional festival like Diwali needs traditional sweets like Ladoo especially sweet and moist Rava Ladoos, flavoured with coconut, saffron and cardamom. For that special granny made flavour I got together:
- 6 cups rava. Ask for the finest grade rava
- 1 whole coconut freshly grated
- 2 cups pure ghee
- 4 cups grain sugar
- 2 cups water
- 6 strands of saffron
- 1 tbsp ground cardamom
And here’s what I did:
- In a wok or Kadhai heat the ghee. Add the rava and stir till the rava turns a faint pink and the air is redolent with the aroma of roasted rava.
- Add the grated coconut and toast some more.
- In another pan allow the sugar to dissolve in the water and then cook till single string consistency.
- Add saffron and cardamom and then pour into rava mixture
- Stir well and allow to cool.
- Bind into ping pong sized balls and allow to set
- Store in air tight box.
Because of the coconut, these Ladoo don’t stay good outside. Either keep refrigerated or consume within a week!
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On a trip to New Jersey ( which has a large Indian population) I found that Diwali and other Indian festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm. Families get together , visit temples and of course indulge in traditional Indian sweets .
There are several Indian stores that sell Indian food and sweets but equally there are enthusiastic foodies who actually make their own goodies right from scratch.
Should you be so inspired , do have look at DesiDakaar’s recipe at:
Title: Rava Ladoo Recipe – DesiDakaar