When Srivalli announced the Indian Cooking Challenge I loved the theme of the event so much that I was all geared up just by reading through the details. The aim of the event is to bring into limelight all the traditional recipes which are almost forgotten by the new generation. How I miss those authentic dishes which I used to have on special occasions in my home town. Since the preparation of few of those dishes are time consuming, in this fast paced life, we resort to either buying them from the stores or conveniently burying those at the back of our minds! Through this event Srivalli hopes to recreate all those treasured dishes and rekindle our memories.
According to the rules of the event, the members vote for a dish from the given list each month. The recipe of the dish will be given to the members who are expected to make it and post it in their blog by the deadline specified. Before starting the challenge, Srivalli chose a trial recipe for this month which was Rava Laddoo. This is a traditional Indian sweet which is very easy to prepare and can be made in a short span of time with less effort. It is usually served during festivals and special occasions. Lets all enjoy Rava Laddoo :)
Rava / Semolina - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Ghee - 25 gms
Milk - 25 ml
Cardamom powder - a pinch
Cashew nuts - 10 whole nuts
Raisins - 10 nos
Grated fresh coconut - 25 gms
- Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a pan.
- When the ghee is hot enough, keep the heat at low-medium and roast cashew nuts and raisins till raisins puff up and cashews have turned golden brown. Drain and remove from heat.Keep aside.
- Roast the grated coconut in the remaining ghee till you get the aroma of roasted coconut.Remove from heat. Keep aside.
- Add the remaining ghee and roast Rava for few minutes till you get the aroma and the colour slightly changes. Keep stirring always while roasting to prevent the rava from getting burnt. Remove from heat.
- In a bowl, add the roasted Rava, Nuts, Raisins, Coconut and Cardamom powder. Then add sugar. Mix well.
- Slowly add the warm milk into the bowl. Check if you are able to make into balls. When you find that milk added is enough to get your laddoos, transfer it back to the pan and cook in low heat for few minutes with continuous stirring.
- Remove from heat and mix well.
- Dip your hands in cold water, place some of the mixture in your palm and form tight round balls by pressing between your palms with your fingers. If the mixture is too hot then leave it for about 2 minutes.
Rava Laddoo goes to Indian Cooking Challenge hosted by Srivalli.