Rava (Semolina) laddoo



Rava laddoo is a yummy Maharashtrian sweet, prepared during festivities such as Diwali, Navratri to name a few. Few ingredients go into the making of these delicious laddoos, namely semolina, sugar and ghee. It is flavored with cardamom powder. Addition of nuts and raisins give it an additional texture and crunch.

These laddoos are my DH’s favorite among all kind of laddoos! So I decided on making some this Diwali, since we are away from home. Back home in Mumbai, containers are stacked with all the snacks and sweets distributed by our neighbors . I happen to love besan (chickpea flour) laddoos, those are my favorite. They are a little labor intensive and I hope I can share it on the blog some other time.


I learnt to make these relatively simple, authentic, Maharashtrian style rava laddoos from my Mum-in-law’s neighbor who also happens to be her good friend. My DH would  love the laddoos prepared by her, so who better than her to learn making these from? One bite of these laddoos, and I got the stamp of affirmation from him, he said they were as good as her’s 🙂 Well I’m really glad I accomplished the task.



It hardly took me  30 minutes to make these laddoos. This quantity will yield about 12 laddoos. You may multiply the quantity as per quantity desired.

This rava laddoo is a guest post, for my blogger friend Anjali Dhawan@ Its all about food!. Anjali is amongst the first few bloggers, who I met early on during my blogging days! Do stop by her blog for some fabulous and mouth watering recipes.  I’m sharing this recipe with her, for her Diwali Collective.

Ingredients: Measuring cup used, 1 Cup = 250 ml

1 & 1/2 cup fine rava (sooji/semolina)

1 & 1/4 cup powdered sugar, you may add only 1 cup for lesser sweetness

1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

3/4 cup dried fruits ( I used 1/2 cup of pistachios + almonds & 1/4 cup raisins, roasted in 1 teaspoon ghee, and set aside)

1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon ghee, you may need to add more or less to form the laddoos


1.Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a heavy bottomed pan. Add rava and roast it on medium low heat for about 8-10 minutes until the rava becomes little fragrant, and the particles appear coarse. Do not brown the rava. At the same time, Heat 1/4 cup of ghee in a separate pan. Once it’s completely melted, set it aside and let it remain in the pan. It should be hot when we pour it in the rava and sugar mixture.



2.Transfer the hot rava to a mixing bow,add in roasted dried fruits, powdered sugar (sifted),  and cardamom powder. Mix it well to incorporate the sugar and roasted rava.



3. Start adding tablespoon of ghee at a time, and keep mixing until you feel you can form a laddoo when you press the mixture. I needed a total of about 3 tablespoons of melted ghee. You can adjust accordingly. Make all the laddoos and keep them on a greased plate. Let them air dry for few hours and then transfer to an air tight container.





Other Diwali related snacks and sweets that may interest you-

A quick 5 minute badam pista burfi ( no khoya/mawa)


Kesar pedas


Poha chivda ( made using few teaspoons of oil)


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  1. CHCooks says:

    Great share Freda and as you said, it is a coincidence that we posted the recipe almost together! And one more coincidence is that my husband LOVES rava laddu too 😀

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