The month of october is full of festivals this time. Navratri is already here and then Diwali and then of course Halloween. The holiday season mood is in the air. To celebrate this holiday season, we are presenting a simple yet yummylicious sweet recipe – the choco rava laddu. Rava laddu is one among the traditional and authentic recipes that is prepared for all festivals. My grandma used to dry roast rava or semolina and dry ground them along with sugar. Then she mixes them both and with the help of ghee, she shapes it into a ball. Oh yeah, the flavors are enhanced with elaichi or cardamom powder and dry fruits and nuts.
As I get fine sooji/rava and sugar here, I didn’t powder them. Instead dry roasted them and started to shape them into balls using milk. Also I added unsweetened cocoa powder to add the chocolate flavor to wow the kids. By the way, did you check the sneak preview of our Treasure Box Crafts this month? It’s Ramayana puppets, you can check out the cool videos in our Instagram.
Here comes the Choco Rava Laddu recipe,
- Rava/ Sooji / Semolina – 3/4 cup
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut – 2 tbsps.’
- Ghee – 2 tbsps + 2 tbsps
- Milk – ¼ cup
- Elaichi Powder – ¼ tsp
- Raisins , Cashews – 1 tbsp. each
- Unsweetened Cocoa – 2 tsps
- Poppy Seeds – 1 tsp (optional)
- Heat the kadai or heavy bottom pan and add 2 tbsps of ghee.
- Once the ghee is hot, add the raisins and cashews.
- Roast them until they turn slight golden brown.
- Then add the desiccated coconut and poppy seeds and fry for about two minutes.
- Now add the rava and fry in low heat for 5 to 6 minutes.
- Finally add the sugar and cocoa and mix well.
- Add one more tbsp of ghee and let it roast for couple of minutes and turn off the heat.
- Let it cool down for 5 minutes. Sugar might crystallize a bit, but we can break it down when we add milk.
- After 5 minutes, when the mix is enough to handle, add lukewarm milk little by little and break the sugar crystal and mix well.
- Now add the remaining 1 tbsp of ghee and mix well again.
- At this stage the mix will be cooled down, you will be able to start shaping the balls. (Get help from your kids and have fun rounding them). I shaped around 12 small lemon sized balls.
- Let it sit for half an hour and that’s it. Yummy rava laddus are ready.
- I didn’t powder rava and sugar and the texture was coarse. If you prefer soft texture, you can roast the rava and powder it and also the sugar and then follow the same procedure.
- Adjust sugar as per your preference.
- I used desiccated coconut that we use for baking. Regular grated coconut can be used too.
- During the cooling down process, sugar might crystallize, mix them and break them down again with milk.
- Add milk on required basis. Do not pour the entire 1/4 cup of milk at a time.