Showing posts with label Gokulashtami. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gokulashtami. Show all posts

Aug 29, 2013

Rava Ladoo

Rava Ladoo is a sweet ball made from semolina (rava or sooji) made during festive occasions. This dessert recipe is extremely easy and come in very handy for last minute preparations during festivals. 

 This year for Janmashtami, I had been planning to make easy sweet. Just a couple of weeks ago, I made Kesari Bath for Varamahalakshmi festival. I decided to make rava ladoo for Krishna Jayanthi and  made this ladoo for the first time on Janmashtami. 

The ingredients for this recipe is easily available in your kitchen pantry and steps for this recipe is very simple.


1 cup Semolina (rava)
3/4 cup Sugar
1/4 tsp Cardamom powder
1/4 cup Cashew nuts
1/2 cup Ghee
1/4 cup Milk


  • Roast rava in a pan with 1 tsp of ghee. Saute in low heat for 5-8 minutes until ghee is completely absorbed by rava

  • Add sugar and fry for a minute. Also add ghee and cardamom powder. Transfer the contents to a plate or mixing bowl

  • In the same pan, heat 1 tsp of ghee and roast cashew nuts until it turns golden brown

  • Now, add cashew nuts  to roasted rava-sugar mixture. Add another 2 tsp of ghee and mix well
  • Add 1 tsp of milk to small portion of rava-sugar mixture. Mix well and roll it into 1 inch ball

  • Repeat above step to roll remaining balls. Add milk as required

  • Store it in cool and dry place in an air tight container
  • Don't add excess milk. Use it in small portions while rolling ladoo's individually
  • I used only 4 tsp of ghee, you can add more ghee to add richness to ladoo
  • Freshly grated coconut can also be added.

Uppu Seedai

Uppu Seedai (crispy rice balls)is a festive savory snack made exclusively for Gokulashtami. It is made with rice flour, urad dal flour along with special condiments. Seedai (crispy rice balls) comes both in sweet and savory versions. This recipe is the  savory version.

I made this snack for the first time for specially for Krishna Janmashtami. I learnt this recipe from fellow bloggers and that's how I got introduced to this recipe. It is a deep-fried snack and highly addictive. It looks like rice stones and texture wise- it is very crunchy. In this recipe, I have added cumin seeds and red chili powder. Traditionally, these two ingredients are not added. 


1 cup Rice flour
1 1/2 tsp Urad Dal flour
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
1/2 tsp Red chili powder
1/2 tsp Sesame seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp Ghee or butter (at room temperature)
Oil  for deep frying


  • Mix rice flour, urad dal flour, asafoetida, red chili powder, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, ghee and salt

  • Add about 3/4 cup - 1 cup of  water to knead the dough. It should be soft and pliable
  • Now roll the dough into small balls. Approximately 1 cm or 2 cm.
  • Spread the rolled balls on a absorbent paper for 5 to 10 minutes and leave it for air dry
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel for deep frying. Drop handful of  balls to the oil and fry in medium flame until it turns brown color

  • Use absorbent paper to drain excess oil

  • After it has completely cooled store it in a air tight container