Rava Laddu/Thari Unda (Semolina balls)

Rava laddu/Thari unda is a evening tea time snack made with Rava/semolina or can have as a dessert after a heavy meal. This laddu is prepared with very little ingredients and can put together easily within no time. You can get different varieties of laddu in Indian markets.

Rava laddu (semolina balls)

Ghee roasted semolina gives this sweet balls very nice and mouth watering aroma, with the flavour of coconut and crunchy cashew nuts and chewy raisins.

I made rava laddu in kerala style and thats how we make at home. My hubby loves this sweet snack and often demands to make this. This laddus can be stored in airtight containers for 2 to 3 days, but I am sure it will vanish before that if you have a  sweet tooth at home 😉

Anyways,lets see how this sweet balls are made.

Rava laddu (semolina balls)

Health Tips :-

  • Potassium content in semolina improves kidney function.
  • Semolina is a good source of vitamin E ,vitamin B and selenium, which is good for immunity.
  • Minerals in semolina such as phosphorus,zinc and magnesium are benefitial for the health of bones and nervous system.
  • Semolina digest very slowly and which helps you feel full for long and prevent you from over eating.
  • Semolina has low glycemic index and which makes a recomended food for diabetic people.

Ingredients :-


  1. Ghee – 2 table spoon
  2. Cashew nuts – 8 to 10
  3. Raisins – 2 table spoon
  4. Rava/semolina/suji – 1 cup
  5. Sugar – 1/2 Cup (see tip)
  6. Water – 3/4 cup
  7. Grated coconut – 3/4 cup
  8. Cardamom powder – 1/4 tea spoon
  9. Salt – a pinch

Direction :-


  1. Heat ghee in a pan, add chopped cashews and saute untill light brown color. Then add raisins and saute for seconds just to puff up. Take out cashew and raisins and keep aside.
  2. In the same ghee,add semolina and roast for few minutes. (Make sure not to change the color). Then keep it aside in a bowl.
  3. In the same pan, add water and sugar. When sugar melts, add cardamom powder, salt and coconut and mix really well and keep for a minute (flame should be low).
  4. Now add roasted cashew,raisins and semolina to the coconut sugar mixture and mix really well. Then switch off the flame.
  5. Make lemon sized balls after a minute. (You should make balls when the semolina mixture is hot, else you wont be able to shape it up and it tends to crack).
  6. Enjoy with your loved one.
Rava laddu (semolina balls)
 Tips & Tricks :-
  • Adjust the sugar as per your taste (I tried with 3/4 cup and 1/2 cup sugar and felt 1/2 cup sugar is perfect)
  • You can use freshly grated or desiccated coconut. Here I used desiccated coconut due to unavailabily of fresh one.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Finally something which is my favorite too… I love this as our Diwali special sweets….
    We don’t use coconut and even the style is different 😄😄

    Liked by 1 person

    1. nadishaf says:

      Try our style and lemme know how you enjoyed it!


  2. Cowboy goes to Europe says:

    I have been browsing your blog for about 30 minutes, until I realized I was really hungry 🙂 I love how you provide info about the nutritional benefits of the ingredients.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. nadishaf says:

      Welcome to my little world!!
      Thank you so so much for stopping by 😊….

      I Would like to hear from you if you happened to try any of my recipes 🙂

      Do come back again!!!


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