September 12, 2011

Rave unde/ laddu/Sweet semolina and coconut balls


This is an easy sweet Indians make during festivals. 

What you need: makes 12-15 medium sized laddus
1 cup chirotee rave / finest semolina
½ or ¾ cup finely grated desiccated coconut
1 and ½ cup sugar, powdered
2 Tbsp ghee
2 tsp raisins
2 tsp finely chopped almonds
½ to ¾  cup hot milk
2 Tbsp condensed milk for those who crave it richer 

In a thick bottom pan on medium heat, pour in the ghee. Roast the almonds and raisins, Take them out and set aside. 

Now add the rava to the remaining ghee in the pan. Roast on low for a good 10 minutes until the raw smell disappears, and it starts to give out a pleasant roasted aroma. 

Add the coconut and roast along with it for just a minute or two. Pour the mixture out into a large bowl. Toss in the sugar and roasted nuts and raisins. Mix them all well. 

Heat the milk well (you may add the condensed milk to the boiling milk, give it a whisk and turn it off) and use the hot milk to glue the ingredients together.

Create a well in the middle of the mixture, pour a little milk, mix it into the mixture, take a palm full of the combined mixture, and with two hands, or just one, mould it into a ball, watch your hands as they may burn.  

Repeat the procedure by adding a little milk at a time, until all the dry ingredients and molded into balls. Let them cool, before they are devoured, enjoy!