Rava Laddu or Semolina Laddu – Semolina Rolls

rava-semolina laddu

All you need is 15 minutes to make this delicious semolina or rava laddu…

Aren’t you all glad that Thursday has come to an end??? This week did go by pretty fast and now looking forward to a long weekend. Last weekend, we visited the Botanical garden in Hamilton, ON. There are many gardens, lakes and parks lined up in Hamilton, it was a very relaxing trip and I got to spend some time with flowers, birds, chip munks in the woods.

Isn’t he the cutest??? He did make sure to entertain me to the core and posed for all the pictures I clicked.

chip munk

Red-winged black bird

red winged black bird


Two days ago, in the evening I had an intense craving for sweet snacks. I could have bought donuts from the nearest store and could have succumbed to my craving. That would have taken 30 minutes of drive, I couldn’t wait that long so I hoped into my kitchen and started making these rava or semolina laddus. 15 minutes is what it took to make these delicious homemade laddus. This is a very popular sweet in India, this is made in most of the houses as it’s easy to make and tastes delicious.

Don’t event think that you can stop with just one. oh ya, you are going to think twice before you share these with others.Well, sharing does enhances the taste of anything so let’s just let go the greediness and share with our dear ones.

rava laddus

Rava Laddu or Semolina Laddu - Semolina Rolls
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: Makes 14
  • Ghee- 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts, halved- 2 handful
  • Raisins- 2 handful
  • Coconut, grated- ½ cup
  • Semolina or Rava- 1½ cups (or use roasted Upma mix)
  • Cardamom powder- ¼ tsp
  • Sugar- ¾ cup
  • Milk- ½ cup
  1. You could either use roasted Upma mix (available at Indian stores) or un-roasted semolina.
  2. If using un-roasted semolina: melt 1 tbsp ghee on a pan, add the semolina and roast till it turns golden in color, remove from the heat and keep aside.
  3. Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp ghee, let it melt.
  4. Add cashew nuts and raisins, saute till cashew nuts turn light golden and raisins bubbles up.
  5. Add grated coconut, saute for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add semolina, saute for a few minutes. Since it's already roasted you don't have to roast more.
  7. Add cardamom powder, combine well.
  8. Add sugar, combine and cook for a couple of minutes.
  9. Add the milk slowly and combine well as you add the milk.
  10. Let cook for a few minutes.
  11. Remove the pan from the heat.
  12. Let cool down a bit.
  13. Make small balls out of the cooked semolina mixture when it is still warm, don't wait to cool down completely.
  14. Place on a tray and let cool down completely, the laddus will set well as it sits for sometime.
  15. For a good presentation you can place each rolls on cup cake liner and place on a tray.
  16. These laddus are soft, for making hard laddus add more milk: 1 cup milk.


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