Rava-khoya laddoo: Semolina and evaporated milk balls

Avanee turned four months old this 28th. The rate at which time passes by these days! A whole year has passed by since I got pregnant and Avanee came home. My days are filled with her laughter and cooing, and no matter how tired I am of changing nappies, she manages to make me smile.

She’s also the most cooperative little thing I know–she sleeps for at least two hours in the afternoon almost always through the night, and plays by herself in her cot or on my living room chataai if she’s surrounded by her toys, thus giving me ample time and no excuses to do other stuff. I wrote my first contest-entry short story this month. The contest draws to a close today, but it gave me the opportunity to see that I am capable. That my daughter supports me in whatever I do. I continue to cook, and I am not too sleep-deprived. I am also starting a new book today. Is it weird, then, that I almost always say “thank you” to her? Is it not justified that she deserves these laddoos? Even if we were to eat them ourselves?

Here’s my recipe for Avanee’s birthday Rava-Khoya laddoos.


  • 4 cups fine semolina
  • 2 cups khoya condensed milk solids, unsweetened)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tbsp. ghee
  • water
  • a few strands of saffron (optional)
  • 2 tsp. cardamom powder
  • pistachio dust (optional)


  1. Place the sugar in a thick-bottomed pot and cover with water–just enough to let the sugar submerge.
  2. In a separate pan, place the semolina and ghee and roast until fragrant-about 15 minutes. Do not let the semolina brown.
  3. Check the sugar syrup to achieve a honey consistency–it should coat the back of a spoon. Add teh saffron strands and cardamom powder and stir well. Remove from heat.
  4. Transfer the roasted semolina into the sugar syrup. Quickly roast the khoya until fragrant and until it leaves some fat from the sides. Transfer this to the syrup as well.
  5. Stir well to avoid lumps and cover until all the syrup has been absorbed (about 4-5 hours)
  6. Shape into bite-sized laddoos and place in mini-muffin cases.
  7. Sprinkle with pistachio dust.

Comments (6)

  1. Sayantani August 31, 2010 at 6:51 am

    I always believe that girls are God's gift and you need to be very lucky to have them. my son is totally apposite to your cutie Avanee. he sleeps so less that i feel frustrated at times…but then his smile makes for everything. they all are answers to our prayers.
    the laddus look very soft and almost creamy. bookmarking to try this asap.

  2. Anjali August 31, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Saee they are really tempting

  3. Manisha August 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I don't have a sweet tooth but you're tempting me anyway!

    Avanee sounds like a doll! Lots ofluck with your new book!

  4. Ahalya August 31, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    It's an overwhelming read. Just the thought of her supporting you, being your Muse… 🙂 big hug to you both 🙂

  5. Prerna@IndianSimmer September 2, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Beautiful space you have here and that khoya laddu looks divine!
    I'm mother to a naughty little girl myself, BIG hug to Avnee 🙂

  6. chinmayie @ love food eat October 21, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Those laddus look delicious!!
    Your Daughter sounds like every mothers dream (touch wood!) 😉 Mine is 2.5 years old, NEEDS me next to her all the time, almost never sleeps through the night, afternoon naps are a HUGE struggle and hates being by herself! lol… She is still the love of my life though…

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