Yep! You guessed it right. This is my entry to JFI: Special edition by VEE of Past, Present And Me. This Diwali, I wanted to try something different in the sweet arena. Back home, the usual stuff made during this festive season range from adhirasams, halwa, Boondhi laddoo to badhushas and the like. I neither have the tools nor the patience to make all these, but my DH has quite a sweet tooth for laddoos. So, not having the heart to disappoint him, I went hunting for an easy way to make laddoos. That was when this recipe struck my eye or rather ear I should say, having got it from my mom over the phone. :-) Simple, easy and delicious is the way to describe aval laddoo.
Over to the recipe now..
Aval/Atukulu/Poha/Rice Flakes - 1 Cup
Sugar - 1 Cup
Broken Cashews - 1 Fistful
Pistachios - 1/2 Fistful
Cardamom - 2
Dry grated coconut - 2 to 3 tablespoons
Hot Melted ghee - Around 8 to 9 Teaspoons
Roast rice flakes till golden brown. Grind together the roasted rice flakes, cashews, pistachios, sugar, cardamom and the coconut into a fine powder. Add hot melted ghee to the ground mixture and shape into laddoos. Ghee helps to keep the shape of the laddoo. Adjust the quantity of ghee accordingly.
Take care not to burn the rice flakes. You can add more coconut and more nuts as per your taste.
Oh, I forgot to mention, my DH loved it and I am wondering if I should make another batch, as this one's not gonna last till Diwali day!
Wish you all a very Happy and Safe Diwali!! :-)