I am back with another sweet treat. This is another one of those recipes that has been there in my drafts for more than month now. I had made these beaten rice and coconut laddus for Janmashtami. As it is customary to make dishes using beaten rice for Janamshtami, I chose to make these laddus instead of the Avalakki payasa that I make every year. I am glad I chose to make something different this year because these sweetened balls turned out absolutely delicious.
I made these laddus using the same recipe that I use to make the rava laddus. The only difference is, I substituted the semolina with the beaten rice. Taste wise, these laddus were not much different from the rava laddus. They tasted just as delicious. But texture wise, I felt they were slightly coarser than the Rava laddus.
If you are looking for sweet treat, that can be made in minutes, then these laddus are just for you. These sweetened balls can be made within minutes and still taste delicious. Apart from that, I feel that the rava and the beaten rice laddus are slightly healthier than the deep fried sweets. So those who are planning their Dassehra or Diwali menu, I suggest you consider adding these laddus. It is sure to delight your guests.
Beaten rice and coconut laddu recipe:
Preparation time: 15mins
Cooking time- 10min
Makes- 15-20 laddus
Shelf life- 4-5 days
Ghee- 1/4 cup
Poha or beaten rice- 250gms
chopped Cashewnuts- 3tbsp
Finely grated dry coconut- 1/2 cup
Sugar- 1 cup
Powdered cardamom powder- 3/4tsp
Warm Milk- 1/4 cup or as required
- Heat a teaspoon of ghee in a wok and dry roast the beaten rice till golden brown in color. Take off the heat and let it cool completely. Grind the cooled beaten rice to a fine powder and keep aside.
- Heat another teaspoon of ghee in the same wok and fry the chopped cashew nuts till light brown in color. Add the raisins and fry till they balloon up. Remove the fried nuts and raisins from the heat and set aside.
- Heat the remaining ghee in the same wok. Add the powdered beaten rice, dried coconut and sugar and mix well.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the fried cashew nuts and raisins and the powdered cardamom.
- Sprinkle the warm milk all over the beaten rice mixture and mix well. Shape the mixture into ping pong sized balls whilst the it is still warm.
- Store in air tight containers and consume within four to five days