The other day while having my me-time with tea and some salted biscuits, my mind slipped through and walked down the memory lane of my childhood days. The time when we used to celebrate Diwali with neighbours, play with them, eat what they share and the whole night of bursting crackers. How my sister and I eagerly waited for our neighbour friends to show up with a thali (plate) of assorted sweets and savoury mixtures, and we wait for them to leave to fight over it.
Over the years, honestly, I have not 'celebrated' but rather enjoyed the day off from work relaxing. The last Diwali that I witnessed was back in Bangalore a couple of years ago, I went up to the terrace to watch the city glow and had this same kinda moment of drifting in the memory. Signs of getting old? And here I am in Yanbu, getting the vibes of the festival through blog posts with mouth-watering images of sweets. By the time I was done with the tea, I resolved to make some quick ladoos to bite into and get back to the good old days.
Semolina/Rava is my favourite choice when I need to make a quick dessert or breakfast. I am a sucker for upma/upid and the chow-chow bath, that just melts in your mouth. I thought I will share this easy recipe so you too can indulge.
Easy Semolina Ladoos
- 2 tablespoons ghee
- 1 cup fine semolina
- 8 to 10 cashews chopped
- ¼ cup desiccated coconut
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
- ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1 tablespoon raisins
- ¾ cup milk - roughly 12 tbsp
- Heat the ghee in a deep pan.
- Add the semolina and chopped cashew nuts.
- Roast the semolina on a low flame till it becomes fragrant and changes its colour to light golden. Be careful not to brown the mixture. Keep stirring for about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Stir in the desiccated coconut.
- Add the condensed milk and mix until combined.
- Add cardamom powder, and raisins and stir again.
- Add milk in parts and keep on stirring until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
- Switch off and move the pan to the counter.
- Grease your palms with ghee and form ladoos (ball-shaped), while the mixture is still hot and you can handle the heat.
- Serve warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate not more than two days.