May 22, 2009

Low-Calorie Sweet Semolina Balls (Rava Laddu)

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These semolina laddus are a regular in the traditional Indian dessert menu. Normally hot ghee (clarified butter) is poured onto the flour and sugar mixture to bring them to a mass and then they are rolled into small balls. Even though those sweet rounds melt in your mouth, I am not sure they would be melting away from the hips anytime soon.

One thing to note is, when adding the warm milk (according to my method given below), make sure you do not add too much of it. I cannot stress the "less is more" theory on this one. As soon as you are able to form balls with the mixture (when it is still kind of dry) stop adding the milk, and work quickly. You may add more milk if the mixture starts to dry up at the end.
And when I say add milk, go by one tablespoon at a time. A very crucial step. Or one will end up with hard laddus at the end. They should break when slight pressure is applied. And that is a sign of a great laddu.

When you dry roast the semolina, and then grind it, do not expect it to turn into a powder completely. It will still remain slightly coarse. If you do achieve to make it into a fine powder, good for you! Please do share your tips as to how you do it.

I made them the first time a few years back, even before starting this blog. After making this version without the fat, I have never looked back.
There are many versions available on the Internet to make them, but here is my version of it.

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Low-Calorie Sweet Semolina Balls (Rava Laddu)

Ingredients:

Fine semolina - 1 cup
Powdered sugar - 1/2 cup (I used less, you may adjust according to taste)
Cardamom - 1/2 tsp
Broken cashew nuts - 3 tbsp
Raisins - 2 tbsp (optional)
Warm milk - Enough to form a ball
Melted butter/Ghee - 1 tbsp

Method:

Dry roast semolina well. Turn off heat just before it starts to turn slightly brown.
Let cool.

In a dry blender, grind semolina till powdery. It may not turn completely into a powder form, but close enough is good.

Add the powdered sugar, cardamom and blend the dry ingredients well.

Take the mixture in a bowl, add ghee, cashews and raisins.

Adding warm milk one tablespoon at a time, mix everything together. Just when it starts to form a ball, stop adding more milk. Quickly form into balls using the palms of your hands.
Adding too much milk will result in hard laddus. The lesser the better.

Place laddus in a layer on a plate and let cool.

Enjoy them without the guilt.

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95 comments:

  1. This is my favorite laddoo.....I feel like picking it up from the computer:))

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  2. Just 1 tbsp Ghee...? Great recipe Anu.:) Your mint pulav is also the best and beautiful pics as usual.
    Sonu (sevenspice.wordpress.com)

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  3. ladoos look yum. i usually put 1 cup sugar for 1 cup rava... adding milk helps cut down calories....good one.

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  4. It is ages since I had rava laddu.A simple preparation, it is a sweet and inviting delicacy if taken once a while.It is a beutiful picture embellishing the post further

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  5. My fav ladu's Its been a long time since I made this... Broken cashew all over they should taste great!!!

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  6. They look pretty! ove the fact that they are low calorie!

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  7. naaiccee...
    1 tbsp ghee - am hooked :)

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  8. I make them the same way by adding milk and as you said I have`nt looked back after trying this recipe. The one without the milk is too hard and find this method to be more tasty than the other one.

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  9. Nice sweet and also the click :)

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  10. Goodness gracious! These are beautiful & guilt free. I think without the ghee, i would just pop pop them :-D would be gone pretty quick..

    would not melt from hips.. LOL

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  11. nostalgic tea time snack :)

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  12. Hmm, perhaps I can try to next festival. They look like snow balls :)

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  13. Looks awesome! My favourite laddoo :)

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  14. These look like perfectly scrumptious little snacks! Yummy!

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  15. I have never made ladoos becuase I cannot shape them well. These look gorgeous Anu! :-)

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  16. They look perfect gal..Yummy....loved ur less ghee version..and i never grind it after roasting..would like to try ur method soon..

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  17. love this idea of using milk instead of ghee. laddoos look yum!

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  18. yumm...my alltime fav, but im so lazy in making sweets..damn impatient i am

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  19. woww..my fav laadoo...ur blog is rocking..i loved these snaps..perfect in shape in color.. :)

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  20. mmm. those laddus look tooo tempting Divya! Yum :)

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  21. lovely laddoos .. these are guilt free for sure

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  22. very healthy for the amount of ghee used.

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  23. looks very tempting..cannot stop drooling over it!

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  24. Loved the plate of guilt-free laddus. Its long since i made them and your pics are compelling me to make it soon.

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  25. Without ghee, its a delicious and better way to make out those snow balls like laddoos!! Lovely!

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  26. low calorie rava laddoo!!..definitely good..worth trying...

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  27. This is one fo my fav sweets....a low calorie version sounds interesting!

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  28. We call them Ravva laddu....Looks yummy....

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  29. Thats awesome - master stroke I can say...
    Love it! And low calorie too - wow!

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  30. Wow! really guilt free ladoos. Lovely click.

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  31. Nice and yummy recipe.

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  32. Hi Anu,
    U made me jump with joy ;)for these are really quite guilt free awwwwwwww the laddos look so cute like cotton balls :) lovely clicks.
    new tip learnt from u : to powder the rava after roasting...yipeee that'll lead to soft melt in mouth laddos,thanks...(lol...on ur melting away from the hips thingie ;))
    good one sweetie!
    TC

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  33. really a delight. lovely ladoos.I have never made them with milk...will surely give it a try...

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  34. what a cuties :) I feel like poping some in my mouth right now :)

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  35. lovely ravaa ladoo and very nice presentation.

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  36. Hi anu,I'm sorry this comment is so late. but the rawa laddu sans fat sounds tempting will try soon.Incidentally thanks for looking up my recipe blog too.

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  37. Anu, ladoos are look so good, yummy! Cute :)

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  38. wow!! this is lovely!!! It looks so fresh...my fav!!

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  39. I ve always wanted to try these. the ammount of butter always kept me back. Now I can try your version which looks so good :)

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  40. this is such a neat way to enjoy ladoos without the guilt

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  41. My favo one Anu..But i have stopped taking sweets almost completely nowadays..This one i can try i suppose, you have usd only 1 tsp of ghee which is the point i got attracted most...Superb!!

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  42. Absolute keeper. Have to try it...
    Awesome clicks... Looks so tempting...

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  43. I make almost a similar version of these and have posted them in my blog too.. Yours look gorgeous!

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  44. not aa big fan of the regular ladoos..but this...slurp...i feel like gobbling down a few of them!!:)

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  45. wow mouthwatering with only 1 spoon ghee ohh yea you add milk na so very helthy recipe one of my all time favorite sweet great pic.

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  46. Nice Laddus and Nice Click.Love it Divz

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  47. Your version sounds great.

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  48. This looks so tasty, especially with the cardamom.

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  49. laddoos look so yum,..

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  50. first time to ur blog.. wonderful blog.. yummy laddos.. felt like picking up one from the snap.... great clicks... :)

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  51. Ladoos look Scrumptious and my favorite one...

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  52. Great blog... So many great recipes here, it will take me awhile to look through everything :)

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  53. I lovethis stuff.....everytimesome one comes from india,i ask them to bring this one.....i eat loads of them...uh!..but we add coconut too.....grated ones.....thankx fora healthier version...:)

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  54. This is one of my favorite recipes and this is so offset from the usual rava laddos which uses so much ghee.

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  55. Love this guiltless version. they look delicious.

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  56. the recipe looks amazing-and i'm going to go with using less sugar like you do, but one question, how long do these laddus keep?

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  57. rava laddoos look delicious..i havent made them in a while..feel like having one right now..nice click :)

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  58. hey dear u too back.. welcome. nice to see u with beautiful collection here. laddu looks yum and tempting.

    expecting more from ...and a litle bit more.....

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  59. Nice one Anu...I too avoid ghee...infact I add extra virgin olive oil instead...and trust me it tastes great nevertheless.

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  60. Delicious Laddu.. Nice click!

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  61. Thanks so much for sharing this, Anu!

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  62. Looks so gud....lovely pics

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  63. I add warm milk too! Only its badam milk. Ghee is a bit much like you said :) Lovely, lovely pics!

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  64. Hi Anu, Welcome back. Rava laddu is my favourite. Using milk makes low fat, awesome idea. Surely implement this.

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  65. Do you ever do gluten-free cooking? I would love it if you could enter an event I am hosting. I am trying to bridge the gap between gluten-free food bloggers and other food bloggers and would LOVE it if you could participate. Check it out - http://simplygluten-free.blogspot.com/2009/05/go-ahead-honey-its-gluten-free-june.html

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  66. Loved it....the best is its low cal...yummy!

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  67. Nice o see u anu after a long time..Vow ladoos look fantastic.....even the pulao is tempting...I too make it the same way.

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  68. they look so awesome. i find the recipe a little difficult for me to try though... i can't seem to get proportions right when I have to use my wee little brain to decide how much to add....he he he. But i would love to have them anytime :-)

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  69. Hey Anu, this is my fav laddoo :-) How about using raw sugar to make it healthier? I guess the colour of the ladoos may change a bit, making it more of a creamy brown.

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  70. Great photos - I've never had these before but they look and sound tasty.

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  71. oooh - these contain lots of things I love and they're soooooo cute!

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  72. mmm..looks yum! Ok, you can send me these!!hahahahah!!

    This looks so easy I don't think even I can mess this up! Will let you know! No, I am still NOT starting a food blog!!

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  73. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a wonderful comment.
    Vow ladoos look fantastic and tempting too.Low calorie,low sugar I am hooked on it

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  74. wow you used only 1 tbsp of ghee!...that sure is a healthy laddu :)

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  75. I've never had semolina before, but I keep hearing about how dessert savvy it can be. I'll have to try and check these out. The cashews are a nice touch :)

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  76. What a fun little treat!

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  77. Anu,
    Rava laddu is my FAVORITE dessert ever! Thank you so much. You are making me crave some...I want some RIGHT NOW! Thanks again...I am going to make them soon.
    http://borntohog.blogspot.com/

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  78. woww lovely ladooss.. sooo tempting.. and nice clicks.. thanks for the recipe

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  79. these are really low fat sweet balls ready to be grabbed :)

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  80. Lovely ladoos, i have one in my draft :)

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  81. Fantastic looking laddus. Looks as good (if not more) as the ones loaded with fat. :)

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  82. First time here and must say totally impressed. Couldn't wait to go through the whole thing and thought should tell you. I am kinda obsessed with healthy eating and I stopped at right place.

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  83. One of my favorite sweets, which sweet isn't ? :-(......looks perfect, great pictures ! I usually make it this way with milk instead of ghee too...

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  84. This surely tempts me to make the laddus more often,thanks for the guilt-free laddu recipe,anudivya:)

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  85. Anu:

    Obviously, you cannot be eating all these laddoos by your self! So what do you do with these delicacies after you make them?

    If you are looking to send them to friends, I can send my mailing address? bol, bol?

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  86. Anu Thank you so much for the support dear. I got a mail from blogger that they are investigating, Let us see what happens.and that fellow didn't post any new post but he didn't remove the blog.and he is having his blog in blog catalog and we leave our comments there also. any way it is Saturday and Sunday no I think let us wait and see till Monday. Thank you so much once again dear.

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  87. These are so cute! They are so mouth watering!

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  88. hey lovely little ladoos.. have bookmarked it ! my hubby is sweet toothed !

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  89. You site looks fab.I might try the rava laddus.Thanks for visiting mine

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  90. Hey Divya, Love all your recipes...I tried a few and they were too good..Can't wait to try rest of them..Too bad, I din't come across your blog all these days..I am glad I did atleast now :D

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  91. Tried them today and just loved them!

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  92. I made ur dates oats and nuts fudge and posted it : http://sharmis-passions.blogspot.com/2010/01/dates-oats-and-nuts-fudge-its-sugarfree.html

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  93. I made it instantly after reading your recipe and subtituted sugar with splenda( to cut even more calorie) and they turned out great :)Thanks for sharing a great recipe !!

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  94. Hi,
    I was searching the net for low-calorie ladoos, and found your recipe. It worked out wonderfully. I went a little lower on the calories with SugarFree and no ghee. But it tastes just as good. Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to be making a lot more of these. :)

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