Posted on | April 13, 2007 | 21 Comments |
Laddu or Ladoo is a beloved Indian sweet which is an integral part of most Hindu festivals and celebrations. According to WikiPedia,
Laddu is often made to celebrate festivals or household events such as weddings. It is made of flour and other ingredients formed into balls that are dipped in sugar syrup. Chubby kids in India can affectionately be called ‘Laddu’.
eHow.Com calls Rava (Semolina) laddu as “Edible Dowry”:
Some Hindu brides prepare a pastry called rawa laddu to present to the groom’s family as a gift or “edible dowry” prior to the wedding.
Laddu (or Ladu as we call it in Kerala), is one of the few Indian Sweets that I like. The normal laddu in Kerala is made of flour and is yellow in color. I’ve never made Laddu at home before, but when I saw a real easy Rava Laddu recipe in my Sri Lankan cookbook called Recipes of the Jaffna Tamils, I thought of giving it a try. The taste was pretty good for a first try, though I wasn’t very happy with the shape and the look of it, may be I will get it right next time.
I reduced the amount of sugar and ghee to half of what the recipe called for, still it was really sweet.
(For about 10 Laddus)
- 1 cup semolina
- 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
- 2 tbsp broken cashew nut pieces
- 1 tbsp raisins, cut into small pieces
- 1 cup grated coconut
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp cardamom powder
- A pick of clove powder
Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan and fry the cashew nuts and raisins. When the cashew nuts turn brown and the raisins are plump, remove from the pan and keep aside.
Add the semolina to the same pan and fry on medium heat till it is heated through. Add the grated coconut and fry over medium heat till the semolina turns light golden brown. This will take a while, keep stirring.
Add sugar, fried nuts and raisins , cardamom and clove powder and the milk. Keep stirring till the milk and sugar is completely mixed in.
Switch off the stove and let it sit till it is cool enough to handle. Shape the mixture into lemon sized balls.
Store in an airtight container. I kept this in the refrigerator, even though it is stored outside in India. Just warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.
When I made this I had Nupur’s A to Z event in mind, but then I realized this doesn’t feature any vegetables! But it was well worth the effort!
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