rava ladoo recipe South Indian

Rava Ladoo Without Coconut South Indian Style Recipe

Rava ladoo or sooji ladoo is a simple and delicious South Indian style dessert made using semolina flour (sooji flour or rava flour as known in India) and they are made popularly during festival times like Diwali.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 15 ladoos
Author Recipe Garden


  • Rava Sooji or Semolina flour 1 Cup
  • Sugar 3/4 Cup
  • Ghee or melted butter 1 tablespoon
  • Warm milk 1/4 Cup or little more if needed
  • Cardamom powder a pinch
  • Cloves a few optional, leave out if you don't like the flavor

More Optional Ingredients

  • Cashew nuts raisins


  • Heat ghee or melted butter in a pan and roast sooji for about five minutes. Sooji should not change the colour.
  • Add the sugar, cardamom powder and cloves, stir well till the sugar starts to melt.
  • Remove the pan from the stove, sprinkle the warm milk over the mixture little by little and mix well. If the mixture is still dry, you may add a little more amount of milk, but make sure you only sprinkle the milk as needed and not add them all together in order to avoid the mixture becoming soggy from too much moisture.
  • Make balls out of the mixture while it is still warm. You can wait if the mixture is too hot, but you should make the balls while the mixture is still warm, or it will be difficult to form the balls.
  • If you wish, you may also fry the cashew nuts and raisins in little ghee and add them to the mixture before making the balls.
  • You may grease your palms with ghee or dip your hands in cold water or before making the balls, as this will help you to do the job more easily. If the mixture is still dry for making the ladoos and if its not holding together or if the mixture is still very hot for you to handle, you may use a little chilled milk which can be sprinkled as needed which will help you to make the balls easily.


If the mixture becomes dry or if it cools off and if you are unable to make the balls due to some reason, take little more milk in a bowl (make sure not to use too much) and then sprinkle a little over the mixture, make the ball from the mixture where you have sprinkled the milk and then sprinkle the milk more and make the next ball and continue to do so until all the mixture is used up.