Red Poha Ladoo (Red Aval Ladoo)

30 mins
Serves 12 pcs.
Author: Rajni Ram
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Poha is my go-to food many times during the week. Sometimes as breakfast and sometimes as dinner and, sometimes as a quick dessert or as a simple prasad. I like the fact that this humble ingredient is so versatile allowing us to create so many dishes from it. The Poha can even go into the Idli batter to make the Idlis soft and into the Dosa batter to make super crisp Dosas.

Diwali for me is about feasting consciously. There are loads of sweets that can be made with less ghee like these Poha Ladoos. They need less sugar too, which makes them an ideal recipe for Diwali times. In this recipe, I have used the Red Poha that is available at all stores these days. These Poha/rice flakes are made from Red rice. Red rice does not undergo as much processing as regular rice.  Therefore it is rich in fiber, Vitamin B, and minerals like Zinc, Iron, and Magnesium, making it a healthier choice. This Ladoo is easy to make and gets done within no time.

If you make these Ladoos don’t forget to tag us.

While you are here check out my other Poha recipes like –SweetPoha, Dahi Pohe(Mor Aval), Aval Kesari

To Watch the making Video head to Notes Section.

Ingredients

Ingredients

  1. Red Poha/Aval 2cups ( any measure of two cups is fine)
  2. Sugar 3/4 to 1 cup powdered (depending on your preference)
  3. Ghee 4 tbsp
  4. Cashewnuts 6 to 7 broken to bits
  5. Raisins(Kishmish) 6 to 7
  6. Cardamom/Elaichi  5 to 6
  7. Nutmeg/Jaiphal 1 tiny bit
  1. Assemble all ingredients.
  2. In a Kadai take 1 Tbsp ghee and heat. Add the Red Poha to the ghee and start roasting it, until they become crisp. Keep stirring continuously, taking care not to brown the Pohas or burn them. Transfer to a plate and cool for a few minutes.
  3. Now in the blender jar take the sugar and add the cardamom and nutmeg to it and grind them to a fine powder. Transfer the sugar to a plate or vessel and in the same blender jar, grind the roasted Poha to a fine powder.
  4. Now transfer the Poha powder to a wide vessel, and add the powdered sugar to it. In a small Kadai take 1/2 tbsp ghee and fry the cashews and raisins until they turn a nice brown. Drop the fried nuts and raisins into the Poha and Sugar mixture.
  5. Now in the small Kadai warm(not heat) 3 tbsp ghee. The ghee should have melted and be warm, now mix the Poha sugar and dry nuts mixture well with your fingers so that the sugar is mixed evenly. Create a well in the center of the Poha flour and pour the ghee into it, rub the ghee nicely into the flour, and start making Ladoo(balls) immediately.
  6. Form the ladoos with the entire mixture, you can customize the size to your preference. The tasty and healthy Red Poha Ladoos are ready to gobble. Enjoy.

In a Kadai take 1 Tbsp ghee and heat. Add the Red Poha to the ghee and start roasting it, until they become crisp. Keep stirring continuously as we don’t want the Poha to turn brown, but to get crisp evenly. Once crisp, transfer to a plate and cool for a few minutes. Now in the blender jar take the sugar and add the cardamom and nutmeg to it and grind them to a fine powder. Transfer the sugar to a plate or vessel and in the same blender jar, grind the roasted Poha to a fine powder. Now transfer the Poha powder to a wide vessel, and add the powdered sugar to it. In a small Kadai take 1/2 tbsp ghee and fry the cashews and raisins until they turn a nice brown. Drop the fried nuts and raisins into the Poha and Sugar mixture. Now in the small Kadai warm(not heat) 3 tbsp ghee. The ghee should have melted and be warm( if your fingers can bear the heat, that is the right temperature for the ghee, be careful while testing, don’t scald your fingers). Now mix the Poha sugar and dry nuts mixture well with your fingers, so that the sugar is mixed evenly. Create a well in the center of the Poha flour and pour the ghee into it, rub the ghee nicely into the flour, and start making Ladoo(balls) immediately. The ghee should be warm while making the Ladoo as it gives the right binding. If the ghee is not warm and is at room temperature, the ladoos will not form. Form the ladoos with the entire mixture, you can customize the size to your preference. The tasty and healthy Red Poha Ladoos are ready to gobble. Enjoy. Happy feasting!

Notes:

  1. I ground my Poha to a step less than superfine, as then you get a little crunchy feel. One can customize between superfine or a stage before, but take care not grind it coarse, as them forming the ladoos will be difficult.
  2. The temperature of the ghee is very important. If it is very hot, you can form the ladoos immediately, so wait for it to turn warm. However, if the ghee is not warm enough, then the ladoos will not form. Add a little warm ghee and form the balls.
  3. If you have poured too much ghee, the ladoos will slump and not hold shape. Try to stick to the measure given. However, if you do end up adding too much ghee, roast more poha, grind it to powder, and add it, to form ladoos.
  4. The Poha does not hold much sugar, so stick to the measure given.

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