Coconut Rava Ladoo – Coconut Semolina Balls !
As I am re-sharing vegan versions of old recipes, today’s dessert will leave you in awe over the fact that Indian desserts do not need ghee after all. I cannot time this recipe any better because it is one the popular recipe for Ganesh Chaturthi festival in India. And I am preparing Coconut Rava Ladoo or Semolina Coconut balls to celebrate this festival.
I had mentioned last time that one bite of this wonderful dessert will make you an instant fan. That was not an understatement, however, the same recipe without ghee but with all the essential elements of taste is one step better than the original.
Coconut Rava Ladoo or Semolina Coconut balls is one of the common and favorite dessert in India. It is prepared with just the right mix of rava (a.k.a semolina), coconut flakes, nuts, sugar, and a non-dairy binder ingredient. The fragrance from roasted rava and the roasted nut is reminiscent of festivals in India. With a prep time of fewer than 15 minutes and simple ingredients, it is one of the easiest desserts you can make. Better yet, it is a kids favorite. Usually, I add nuts like cashews or pistachios to the mix, but since I had a few requests for a dessert without nuts, I prepared this recipe without any nuts.
Finding a replacement for ghee was not that hard, but what was tricky is the timing for adding the ingredients. The sugar syrup that I was preparing needs to have the right consistency when I mix in shredded coconut. Adding the coconuts too early or too late makes it difficult to bind them into bite size rounds. Check my step by step video for visual help. Try it today and share your experience. You can leave a comment here or on my Facebook page. If you prefer getting my recipes directly to your inbox, just hit the subscribe button at the right….
Rava laddu or Semolina Coconut balls is one of the common and favorite desert in India. It is prepared with just the right mix of rava (a.k.a semolina), coconut flakes, nuts, sugar, and a non-dairy binder ingredient.
- 1 cup Rava
- ½ cup + 2 Tbsp organic sugar
- 2 tbsp water
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp crushed elaichi/ cardamom
- 2 tbsp soy milk
- Sauté the Rava over medium heat until it turns golden brown (Approximately 10 mins) and set aside.
- In a medium size pan, dissolve the organic sugar in water over medium heat.
- As the syrup thickens to a string consistency, add the shredded coconut and crushed elaichi and mix well.
- Add soy milk to the mixture.
- Add the roasted rava to the sugar syrup and mix well.
- Remove the pan off the heat and prepare bite sized balls.
Rava Coconut Ladoo is ready! Store it in an airtight canister for up to a week.
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