Rava Laddu

This is a popular Indian dessert recipe that I got from my Indian coworker’s wife. It is VERY sweet, so if you don’t like overly sweet desserts, you might want to adjust the semolina/sugar ratio accordingly.

Original recipe makes 16 servings


6 cups semolina flour
7 cups white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cardamom
1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1/3 cup cashew nuts
1 cup hot milk

  • PREP

    10 mins

  • COOK

    20 mins


    30 mins


  1. Heat a large dry skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add the semolina, and toast, stirring constantly. Stir in the sugar and cardamom while toasting until light brown and fragrant, about 10 minutes.
  2. Heat a small amount of the ghee in a separate skillet over medium heat. Add the cashews, and cook until lightly toasted, about 10 minutes. Add the cashews to the semolina along with the remaining ghee. Gradually stir hot milk into the semolina until it is thick enough to pack into a ball. Remove from heat, and form palm-sized balls. Let cool and serve.


Calories: 646 kcal
Carbohydrates: 135.1 g
Cholesterol: 18 mg
Fat: 8.7 g
Fiber: 2.7 g
Protein: 9 g
Sodium: 25 mg