I have always loved celebrating Diwali....the lights, bright colors, sweets and even the fireworks. I have never been interested in the religious aspects of any festival but I like celebrating them all and Diwali is one I really look forward to and I have such wonderful memories of time spent with family and friends on this auspicious day.
I really wanted to do it all this year, but ended up falling sick and was down for most of the day. But I didn't want to miss out on all the fun and a few pills can do wonders. Was up by evening and quickly made these laddoos. We had a few friends over and even burnt a few sparklers, the kids absolutely loved it. Hope everyone had a wonderful Diwali!
1 cup rava
1/2 cup coconut
3/4 cup very fine sugar
2 cups mava
4 cardamom pods
2-3 tbs milk (if required)
2 tsp ghee
Remove the cardamom seeds and crush them fine, discard the pods.
Heat the ghee and roast the cashew nuts and raisins until golden. Drain and keep aside.
Add the rava to the same pan and roast on medium heat until aromatic and the rava just begins to change color. Remove from heat.
Roast the coconut in the same pan for a few minutes until it seems a little dry, but take care not to brown the coconut.
Remove from heat and mix the rava, coconut, sugar and cardamom powder together in a bowl.
Heat the mava on low heat until soft and melted. Add to the rava mixture and mix well. Mix in the raisins and cashew nuts. Cool for a few minutes.
Form small laddoos adding milk only if necessary.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days. Let sit at room temperature for an hour before serving.