Rava Laddu | Suji Ke Laddu

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Rava Laddu also known as Suji ke Laddu is a festive sweet of delicious balls made with cream of wheat (rava or suji), sugar, ghee (clarified butter), nuts and flavored with ground cardamom. While there are many variations of making this popular Indian sweet, I share an easy Rava Laddu recipe that gets made quickly and tastes awesome. Learn how to make perfect Rava Ladoo with my step-by-step photos and video.

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About Rava Laddu

It is a very popular and decadent Indian sweet made during festivals like Diwali, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi etc. Basically these are sweetened semolina balls. In Hindi, this sweet is called suji ke laddu. Since rava is known as sooji or suji in Hindi.

Here I am sharing a Maharashtrian style recipe that I had learned from my aunt. This is an easy, quick and tasty recipe that does not take much time. Thus for festivals like Diwali, this suji ke ladoo recipe is apt as it can be easily made in less time.

This recipe does not utilize the consistency of sugar syrup. With sugar syrup consistencies, things can go wrong and you may get ladoo that can be brittle, chewy or hard.

So these rava ladoo made without sugar syrup are very easy to make and foolproof too. Even a beginner can make these suji ke laddu easily.

In the recipe, I have added fresh coconut. You can even use desiccated coconut or grated dry copra instead of fresh coconut. Coconut can be skipped too.

I have shared below some tips and faqs (after the step-by-step guide) to make really best homemade rava laddu.

rava ladoo in a circle with lit earthern lamp in center on a bronze plate
Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Rava Laddu

Roast Rava

1. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter) in a heavy pan or kadai. Keep the heat to medium and let the ghee melt. Use desi ghee, either homemade or a good brand of ghee.

heating ghee

2. Once the ghee has melted, lower the heat and add 1 heaped cup fine rava (185 grams). Use the fine variety of rava.

Ensure that the rava is within its shelf life and has not become rancid. Also check for the presence of any molds or insects before you cook. Discard such a rava infested with insects.

adding rava or suji

3. Mix rava very well with the ghee with a spatula or large spoon.

mixing rava or suji with ghee

4. Stir often and begin to roast rava on a low heat.

roasting rava or suji

5. Continue to roast rava till the rava become fragrant and changes its color. No need to brown the rava. The texture will also appear crumbly, loose and light.

Roasting rava takes about 10 to 12 minutes on low heat. Once the rava becomes hot, then you have to stir non-stop so that the rava does not get browned or burnt

rava roasted to make suji ke laddu

6. Once the rava has roasted well, then add 6 tablespoons grated fresh coconut. You can also add desiccated coconut instead of fresh coconut.

Omit coconut if you don’t have it or you don’t want to use it.

fresh coconut added

7. Stir and roast for about one to two minutes on a low heat.

mixing and roasting again

8. Now keep the pan on the kitchen counter and let the laddu mixture cool at room temperature.

letting the rava ladoo or suji laddu mixture cool

Blend Roasted Rava Mixture

9. When the laddu mixture has cooled, take ½ cup sugar (120 grams) in a grinder jar or a blender.

adding sugar in a blender or grinder

10. Blend or grind the sugar to a fine powder. Now do not open the lid. Wait for a few minutes. If you open the lid immediately, you will see some sugar powder drifting in the air.

sugar powdered to make suji ke laddu

11. To the powdered sugar in the jar, add the roasted rava and coconut mixture.

added roasted rava mixture to powdered sugar

12. Grind or blend to a semi-fine or fine texture but do make it to a floury texture. I usually grind to an almost fine texture. Keep the grinder jar aside.

mixture ground to a fine consistency to make suji ke laddu

Fry Dry Fruits

13. In the same pan, in which rava was roasted heat 3 tablespoons ghee on a low to medium-low heat.

ghee being heated

14. Add 3 tablespoons of chopped nuts. You can add almonds, pistachios, cashews or any nuts you like.

nuts added

15. Fry the nuts in the ghee stirring often.

nuts getting fried

16. Fry till they start to become golden.

nuts becoming golden

17. Then add 1 tablespoon raisins.

raisins added in ghee

18. Stirring often fry the raisins till they plump and swell in size.

raising becoming plump

19. Switch off heat and keep the pan on the kitchen counter.

raisins and nuts fried well enough to make suji ke laddu

Make Rava Laddu

20. Add the ground rava+coconut+sugar mixture directly from the grinder jar or blender jar to the pan containing the fried nuts and hot ghee. The ghee should be hot when you add the powdered rava mixture.

ground rava laddu mixture added to fried nuts and raisins

21. Mix very well with a spoon or spatula. Don’t mix with hands as the ghee is hot.

suji ke laddu mixture mixed well

22. Add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder.

cardamom powder added

23. Mix again very well and then wait for the rava ladoo mixture to become lightly warm or completely cooled at room temperature.

If unable to form ladoo, then add 2 to 3 teaspoons of softened ghee. In case ladoo don’t hold shape and flatten, then keep mixture in fridge for 20 to 30 minutes and then shape them.

suji laddu mixture mixed again

24. When ladoo mixture becomes warm or cools, then take some portion of the mixture in your palms and shape into round balls which we call as ladoo.

mixture shaped to a round ball of suji laddu

25. Make laddu with the entire mixture. Keep them in an air-tight steel jar. This recipe makes for 12 rava laddu and can be easily doubled or tripled to make a big batch.

Note that the roasting time for rava will increase if the recipe is doubled or tripled.

rava ladoo placed in a steel container

26. Serve rava ladoo or suji ke laddu as a festive sweet or as an sweet snack. Store them in the fridge in a covered container.

suji ke ladoo in a circle with lit earthen lamp in center on a bronze plate

How to Roast Rava Perfectly Everytime

Undeniably rava or sooji is the main ingredient in this ladoo recipe. So it is very important that you roast rava like a pro. After all you don’t want half-cooked, half-raw rava granules in the suji ke ladoo which can give you stomach problems later.

So to roast rava like a pro, you don’t need to be a master chef. You can easily roast rava very well, even if you are roasting it for the first time. A few pointers below to help you understand the intricacies of roasting rava:

  1. Firstly use a nice heavy pan or kadai. You don’t want your rava getting burnt and having uneven speckled laddu with creamish, brown and black specks.
  2. Secondly, keep the heat to a low or medium-low. Heat the pan. Melt some ghee. Add the rava and stir and stir and stir.
  3. You have to stir initially a few times but later non-stop when the rava becomes hot. As if you don’t stir, the rava granules which are in direct contact with the pan, will start getting browned and burnt.
  4. The foremost sign that the rava has roasted will be its aroma. Yes you can feel the aroma in your kitchen. It is a pleasant aroma.
  5. The second sign will be that the rava granules will look separated and dry – like a crumbly mixture which is loose and light. In Hindi we have the word ‘danedaar’ which means each granule looks distinct and separated.
  6. The third sign is that you will see steam coming from the rava. This means that the rava has become hot. After you can see some steam coming, you can continue to roast for a few more minutes, but stir non-stop.
  7. Later keep the pan on your kitchen counter. The residue heat from the pan will further cook the rava a bit. Stir once or twice after you keep the pan, so that the heat of the pan does not brown the rava.

FAQs

Which rava to use?

For rava laddu, always use rava which is fine and not coarse. Please do not use rava which is larger in size and coarse. Also, make sure that the rava is within its shelf life and does not have any worms or molds.

Why is rava laddu not holding shape and breaking?

If the suji laddu does not hold shape, it means the mixture is dry. Ghee is the binding ingredient here. Thus add a few tablespoons of melted ghee (2 to 3 teaspoons) in the laddu mixture. Mix again and then form the laddu.

Why is rava laddu becoming flat and loosing shape?
In this scenario, the ghee has become slightly more. You can do either of the

following remedial measures:

1. Roast some rava separately (about 2 to 3 tablespoons). Powder it and then add to the mixture.

2. Another easy option is to keep the laddu mixture in fridge for about 20 to 30 minutes. The ghee will solidify a bit and then you can shape the mixture in laddu.

Can frying dry fruits be skipped?

Yes you can skip frying dry fruits but do add the 3 tablespoons ghee that is used for frying dry fruits. Melt the ghee and then add.

Can this rava laddu recipe be halved or doubled?

Yes, of course, you can easily halve or double or triple this recipe to make a large batch for Indian festivals.

How do I make a vegan rava laddu?

To make a vegan version of these laddu, use coconut oil. The reason being coconut oil solidifies on cooling and this helps in binding the suji ke laddu. But with coconut oil, also remember that the aroma of it will be present in the laddu.

How to store rava laddu?

In this recipe since fresh coconut is used, they do not have a longer shelf life. Also refrigerate once you have made them.

Keep them airtight in a steel box and refrigerate them. If you use desiccated coconut, then the shelf life will be more and you can keep the laddu at room temperature for a few days.

How to make these rava ladoo with jaggery?

To make rava ladoo or suji ke laddu with jaggery you need to use either powdered or grated jaggery. Use the jaggery which has no impurities.

If there are impurities, you will need to make a syrup of jaggery with very little water. But there should be no thread consistency in the jaggery syrup. Mix jaggery in a bit of hot water till it dissolves. Then filter it and then add to powdered rava.

If using jaggery powder or chopped jaggery without impurities, then powder it first in a mixer grinder. Then add it to rava+coconut mixture and powder everything together – just like it is done in this recipe.

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Rava Laddu | Suji Ke Laddu

An easy method to make rava laddu for Diwali or any festival. This rava ladoo also known as suji ke laddu is made with rava (sooji or semolina), coconut, powdered sugar, dry fruits and ghee.
4.92 from 23 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Course Desserts, Sweets
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 12 rava ladoo
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Ingredients

For roasting rava

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cup rava heaped, finer quality (sooji or semolina) – 185 grams
  • 6 tablespoons fresh grated coconut or desiccated coconut

Other ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar – 120 grams or add as per taste
  • 3 tablespoons Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped nuts like cashews, almonds, pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon golden raisins
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder – or 5 to 6 green cardamoms seeds crushed to a powder in a mortar-pestle

Instructions
 

Roasting rava

  • Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a heavy pan or kadai. Keep the flame to medium and let the ghee melt.
  • Once the ghee has melted, lower the flame and add 1 heaped cup fine rava. use the fine variety of rava.
  • Mix rava very well with the ghee. stir often and begin to roast rava on a low flame.
  • Continue to roast rava till the rava become fragrant and changes its color. No need to brown the rava. The texture will also appear crumbly, loose and light. Roasting rava takes about 10 to 12 minutes on a low flame. 
  • Once the rava becomes hot, then you have to stir non-stop so that the rava does not get browned or burnt.
  • Once the rava is roasted well, then add 6 tablespoons grated fresh coconut. You can also add desiccated coconut instead of fresh coconut.
  • Stir and roast for about one to two minutes on a low flame.
  • Now keep the pan on the kitchen counter and let the laddu mixture cool at room temperature.

Blending Rava Mixture

  • When the laddu mixture had cooled, take ½ cup sugar in a grinder jar.
  • Grind the sugar to a fine powder. Now do not open the lid. Wait for a few minutes. If you open the lid immediately after grinding, you will some of the sugar powder drifting in the air.
  • To the powdered sugar in the jar, add the rava+coconut mixture.
  • Grind to a semi-fine or fine texture but do not make to a floury texture. Keep the grinder jar aside.

Frying Dry Fruits

  • In the same pan, in which rava was roasted heat 3 tablespoons ghee on a low to medium-low flame.
  • Add 3 tablespoons chopped nuts. You can add almonds, pistachios, cashews or any nuts you like.
  • Fry the nuts in the ghee till they start to become golden.
  • Then add 1 tablespoon raisins. stirring often fry the raisins till they plump and swell in size.
  • Switch off flame and keep the pan on the kitchen counter.

Making Rava Laddu

  • Add the ground rava+coconut+sugar mixture directly from the grinder jar. the ghee should be hot when you add the powdered rava mixture. 
  • Mix very well with a spoon or spatula.
  • Add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder.
  • Mix again very well and then wait for the laddu mixture to become lightly warm or completely cooled at room temperature. If unable to form ladoo, then add 2 to 3 teaspoons of melted ghee. In case ladoo don’t hold shape and flatten, then keep the mixture in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes and then shape in rava ladoo.
  • Then take some portion of the mixture in your palms and shape into round balls which we call as ladoo.
  • Make rava laddu with the entire mixture. Keep them in an air-tight steel jar.
  • Serve rava laddu as a festive sweet or as an evening sweet snack. Store them in the fridge in air tight container.

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Notes

  • Rava laddu recipe can be halved or doubled or tripled.
  • You can add less or more sugar as per your requirements, but do not add less ghee. 
  • The coconut can be skipped. But it gives a good flavor.
  • Use the finer variety of rava. Also make sure the rava is not rancid or infested with insects or molds. 
  • Preferably use good quality desi ghee. It can be homemade or from your preferred brand.
  • You can add nuts and dry fruits of your choice. Raisins and almonds give a good taste.
  • Remember to roast the rava well. Kindly read the tips on roasting rava below the step by step photos in the post.
  • Note that the approximate nutrition info is for 1 rava ladoo.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Rava Laddu | Suji Ke Laddu
Amount Per Serving (1 rava laddu)
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 27µg7%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 15mg4%
Phosphorus 36mg4%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Rava Laddu post from the archives, originally published on October 2014 has been updated and republished on 30 October 2021.

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  1. Thanks Ma’am for the recipe. The recipe was the easy & excellent, rava ladoos turned out to be simply delicious.5 stars

    1. Wonderful and thanks for sharing the lovely feedback. Thanks for the rating as well. Wish you a Happy Diwali.

  2. Hi Dassana

    Thanks for doing this awesome recipe blog. I’m a regular user of your recipes. the most amazing part is your detailed explanations and tips. you cover everything so well that if we really stick to your instructions, the results are so perfect even as a beginner. Amazing effort. Thanks a ton.

    I have a doubt for this recipe. Can we use Jaggery and make these? if so, anything i should know beforehand?
    Thanks

    1. thanks a lot san. you can use jaggery. for jaggery you need to add either powdered or grated jaggery. but make sure that jaggery has no impurities. if impurities are there, you will need to make a syrup of jaggery with very little water. no consistency in the syrup. mix jaggery in a bit of hot water till it dissolves. then filter it and then add to powdered rava. if using jaggery powder or chopped jaggery then powder it first and then add rava+coconut and powder everything together – just like it is in this recipe.

  3. Hi Dassana… I regularly follow your food blog and love your recipes.
    Today I made the rawa laddus with your recipe and my family liked them a lot.
    Thank you.5 stars

    1. Welcome Meg. Glad to know that you follow the blog and like the recipes. Thanks for sharing positive feedback on rava ladoo recipe.

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