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Rava Cococnut Ladoo

Soft melt in the mouth ladoo made with freshly grated coconut, roasted semolina with the heavenly essense of cardamom and saffron.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling time2 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: rava coconut ladoo
Servings: 25
Calories: 159kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fine rava semolina
  • 2 tablespoons besan
  • ½ cup ghee
  • 1 cup grated coconut fresh or frozen
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 2 tablespoon nuts sliced almonds and pistachios

Sugar Syrup:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Roast the rava{semolina} and besan{chickpea flour} with ghee for 10 minutes, stirring constantly on medium heat.
  • Add the grated coconut and roast for another 2 minutes. Turn the heat off.
  • Make the sugar syrup by boiling 3/4 cup of water with 1 1/2 cups of sugar for 5 minutes on medium-high heat.
  • Add the sugar syrup to the roasted ingredients. Add saffron, cardamom powder, nuts, raisins and mix well.
  • Allow the mixture to completely cool down. Make round balls using about 3 to 4 tablespoons of the mixture. Press them in the plam ofyour hands and then roll them into round balls.

Notes

Tips:
  1. Use fine semolina and roast to light golden brown color
  2. Use homemade ghee if possible
  3. If using frozen coconut, make sure to thaw it in the microwave
  4. Allow the mixture to fully cool down before trying to make ladoos. At first the ladoo may seem a bit too soft but they dry up eventually.
  5. Does your mixture look too dry even before you trying to roll them? This only means that the syrup was overcooked. To fix, simply srinkle some warm ghee and warm water and roll into round balls.
No fail tips for perfect sugar syrup: 
  1. Use an external timer to time the syrup cook time. It takes me 5 minutes to make syrup with 3/4 cup of water and 1.5 cups of sugar in a 2-quart sauce pan.
  2. If you double the recipe, it will take about 8 minutes for the syrup to be ready.
  3. To check if the syrup is cooked properly, simply lift the spoon up and watch the last few drops of syrup dropping from the spoon. The last drops should form a one-line string.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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