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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Semolina and Coconut Ladoos / Naralipaakatle Ladoo - Raksha Bandhan Special - Festive Cooking

Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit literally means "the tie or knot of protection". It is an ancient Hindu festival that ritually celebrates the love and duty between brothers and their sisters. On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother's wrist. This symbolises the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well -being, and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her. The festival falls on the full moon day ( Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar calender.

Many types of  traditional dishes are prepared for the Rakhi festival . Most of the sweets are made using coconut. I usually prepare Nariyal Barfi on this day. This year I have made the Ladoos made of Suji and fresh Coconut. This is a traditional Maharashtrian dish where sweet balls made up of roasted Semolina and Coconut are combined with sugar syrup , ghee and dry fruits . This melt in mouth ladoos are all time favourite in my house and are easy to make . You may also check out my Dry Fruits Ladoo recipe.

Ingredients: (1 Cup - 200 ml)
  • Suji / Semolina - 2 cup
  • Fresh Coconut , Scrapped- 1 cup
  • Sugar- 1 1/2 cup
  • Ghee- 1/2  cup
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Nuts of your choice (slices or crushed into small pieces)+ Raisins - 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom and Nutmeg powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Few Saffron strands(optional) 

  1. Heat ghee in a non stick wok and add Semolina to it. Roast it on a low to medium flame until fragrant and it turns pinkish. Do not burn it.

   2.  Now add the scraped coconut to the roasted Semolina and keep stirring continuously until there is no more moisture left in the mixture. Now add the nuts and raisins. Mix them and roast the mixture again for 1 more minute. 

  3.   In a separate sauce pan take sugar , add water to it and put on the flame. Add few saffron strands, at this stage. Make the sugar syrup to one string consistency . This step can be simultaneously done , when the Semolina is been roasted, to save time.

     4.  To check the one string consistency of sugar syrup, take a drop of syrup between your thumb and index finger and slowly try to pull your index finger, if you get one string formed between the 2 , you have attained the correct  consistency. Be careful while handling the hot syrup.

  4.  Add the sugar syrup to the mixture, mix properly and cook for 1-2 minutes and then turn off the flame. Let this mixture rest for 1-2 hours.

   5.  After 1-2 hrs the Suji soaks up all the syrup and becomes dry enough to roll into ladoos. 



   6.   These Ladoos last up to 1-2 weeks on refrigeration.

If you are looking for some more traditional sweet festive dishes, then check out my Suji Kheer , Sponge Rasgulla , Apple Rabadi , Coconut barfi , Dry Fruits Ladoo , Shahi Lapsi Kheer