rava laddu recipe, how to make rava laddu | rava ladoo

an easy method to make rava laddu recipe for diwali or any festival. this rava ladoo recipe is made with rava (sooji or semolina), coconut, powdered sugar, dry fruits and ghee. roasting rava to perfection is very important and the recipe post details many pointers and hints to roast rava very well so that you can make awesome rava laddu. 
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rava laddu recipe with step by step photos. rava ladoo is a popular indian sweet made during festivals. you can even call rava ladoo as sweet semolina balls.

rava ladoo recipe

this rava laddu is maharashtrian style of making rava laddu and one which i learnt from my aunt. it is easy, quick and tasty recipe of rava laddu made with rava (cream of wheat or semolina), desiccated coconut, ghee, powdered sugar and dry fruits. the recipe also does not take much time to make. so for festive occasions like diwali, this rava laddoo recipe is apt as it can be easily made in less time.

this rava laddu recipe does not go into the consistency of sugar syrup. with sugar consistencies, things can go wrong and you may get ladoo that can be brittle or hard. since there is no sugar syrup used in these ladoo, the recipe is not only easy but foolproof too. even a beginner can make these laddu easily.

in the rava laddu 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 am sharing below a few tips and faqs to make really awesome rava laddus at home.

tips for roasting rava to make rava ladoo

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 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 laddus with creamish, brown and black specks.

2. secondly keep the flame to a low or medium-low flame. 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.

rava laddu

FAQ for making rava laddu

1. which rava to use?
for rava laddu, always use rava which is fine and not coarse like bombay rava. please do not use rava which is larger in size and coarse.

2. why is rava laddu not holding shape and breaking?
if the rava laddu does not hold shape, it means the mixture is dry. ghee is the binding ingredient in most ladoo recipes. so thus add a few tablespoons of melted ghee ( 2 to 3 teaspoons) in the laddu mixture. mix again and then form the laddus.

3. 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 laddus.

4. 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.

5. can this rava laddu recipe be halved or doubled?
yes, of course, you can easily halve or double or triple this rava laddu recipe.

6. how do i make a vegan rava laddu?
to make a vegan version of these laddus, use coconut oil. reason being coconut oil solidifies on cooling and this helps in binding the laddus. but with coconut oil, also remember that the aroma of it will be present in the laddu.

7. how to store rava laddu?
in this rava laddu recipe since fresh coconut is used, they do not have a longer shelf life. also refrigerate the rava ladoo 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.

few more delicious sweets recipes that you can make for festivals like diwali are:

rava laddu

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:30 mins
an easy method to make rava laddu recipe for diwali or any festival. this rava ladoo recipe is made with rava (sooji or semolina), coconut, powdered sugar, dry fruits and ghee. roasting rava to perfection is very important and the recipe post details many pointers and hints to roast rava very well so that you can make awesome rava laddu. 
rava laddu recipe
Course:desserts,sweets
Cuisine:indian,maharashtrian
Servings:12 rava laddu
Calories:147kcal

INGREDIENTS FOR rava laddu

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

for roasting rava

  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cup heaped fine rava (sooji or semolina) OR 185 grams rava
  • 6 tablespoons fresh grated coconut or desiccated coconut

other ingredients for rava ladoo

  • 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 (kishmish)
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder - or 5 to 6 green cardamoms seeds crushed to a powder in a mortar-pestle or coffee grinder (choti elaichi powder)

HOW TO MAKE rava laddu

roasting rava for making rava laddu

  • 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.

grinding sugar and roasted rava+coconut 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. keep the grinder jar aside.

frying dry fruits for rava laddu

  • 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 rava laddu mixture to become lightly warm or completely cooled at room temperature. if unable to form rava ladoo, then add 2 to 3 teaspoons of melted ghee. in case ladoo don’t hold shape and flatten, then keep mixture in 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. store these rava laddu in the fridge.

RECIPE TIPS

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. 
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how to make rava laddu recipe

roasting rava

1. heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a heavy pan or kadai. keep the flame to medium and let the ghee melt.

making rava laddu recipe

2. once the ghee has melted, lower the flame and add 1 heaped cup fine rava (185 grams). use the fine variety of rava.

making rava laddu recipe

3. mix rava very well with the ghee.

making rava laddu recipe

4. stir often and begin to roast rava on a low flame.

making rava laddu recipe

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 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.

making rava laddu recipe

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

making rava laddu recipe

7. stir and roast for about one to two minutes on a low flame.

making rava laddu recipe

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

making rava laddu recipe

grinding sugar and roasted rava+coconut mixture

9. when the laddu mixture had cooled, take ½ cup sugar (120 grams) in a grinder jar.

making rava laddu recipe

10. 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 see some sugar powder drifting in the air.

making rava laddu recipe

11. to the powdered sugar in the jar, add the rava+coconut mixture.

making rava laddu recipe

12. grind to a semi-fine or fine texture. i usually grind to a fine texture. keep the grinder jar aside.

making rava laddu recipe

frying dry fruits for rava laddu

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

making rava laddu recipe

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

making rava laddu recipe

15. fry the nuts in the ghee.

making rava laddu recipe

16. fry till they start to become golden.

making rava laddu recipe

17. then add 1 tablespoon raisins.

making rava ladoo recipe

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

making rava ladoo recipe

19. switch off flame and keep the pan on the kitchen counter.

making rava ladoo recipe

making rava laddu

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

making rava ladoo recipe

21. mix very well with a spoon or spatula.

making rava ladoo recipe

22. add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder.

making rava ladoo recipe

23. mix again very well and then wait for the rava laddu mixture to become lightly warm or completely cooled at room temperature. if unable to form ladoos, then add 2 to 3 teaspoons of ghee. in case ladoos don’t hold shape and flatten, then keep mixture in fridge for 20 to 30 minutes and then shape in rava ladoo.

rava ladoo recipe, rava laddu recipe

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 ladoos.

rava ladoo recipe, rava laddu recipe

25. make rava 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. the roasting time for rava will increase if the recipe is doubled or tripled.

rava ladoo recipe, rava laddu recipe

26. serve rava laddu as a festive sweet. store these rava ladoo in the fridge.

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38 comments/reviews

  1. 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

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Hello ! I tried your modak recipe and today I tried sooji laddoo..Modak were not perfectly made by me but it tasted good..Today I have tried sooji laddoo for Ganesha ji..Not tasted yet..But hope they taste good too..I want to say a big thank you to you for your detailed explanation..

    • thanks roli. making modaks does take some practice but as long as the food is made with devotion and love, the shape and size does not matter. i hope the ladoos have turned out good. happy ganesh chaturthi festival to you.

  4. Hi Dassana,
    You are the Best. any recipe I try it comes out awesome…you are really blessed….God gv you the best health nd everything …wish if I could shake hand wd you.
    My daughter is growing wl b two yrs soon..looking forward fr more recipes fr kids

  5. Looks yummy and easy to make. Want to try it. What kind of desiccated coconut? Sweetened or unsweetened?

  6. Hi.thanks for the good recipe.i need advice, whenever i make ladoo the center becomes really hard like stone. How do i avoid that happening. Thanks

  7. Thank you so much for the Rava laddoo recipe! It is awesome! I used it twice. Both times, the laddoos were extremely tasty!! 🙂

  8. Your Receipe is Really a tongue teaser . One cannot Resist his/her mouth from watering.
    I got so many Compliments for Cooking this Sweets at home.

    Mam Your Blog is Magical & all receipes are really delicious
    Thanks a lot .

  9. Hello dassana,
    I tried this recipe and it came out beautifully. Very yummy and delicious.:)
    I have tried most of the dishes from this website and the results have been amazing every time.
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipes with us. The instructions are clear and crisp and easy to follow. I am a big fan of yours.
    Wishing you all the best.

  10. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I prepared chocolate sandesh which came out very well within very little time and with very little effort. Later i went through ur blog and found myself in the corrrct track. But I definitely go through ur blog for any kind of veg. Dishes. Thanks a lot for sharing ur amazing,easy but delicious recipes

  11. Hi dasana your rawa laddo recipe is awesome I tried and my kids really enjoyed eating thanks alot

  12. Hi, I’m Rully lives in Indonesia, I’m Indonesian. I never know about sooji/rava flour yet. What is the “international” name of it? I like to try the rava laddoo but I have difficulty in knowing rava/sooji is. What is rava made of? Can we substitute with any other flour? Thank you 🙂

  13. hii dassana. I really like your recipes. I am newly wed and your site has helped me immensly. I wanted to know the recipe for honey chilli cauliflower. Do post it if possible. Thanks for the awesome recipes. Love.

  14. Hey Dassana
    Can I omit coconut as I ran out of it ? The recipe looks inviting and I want to try it.
    Thanks in advance

  15. I didnot have exact idea of making rava iadoo &fund this recipe easy and tasty .good work dassana

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