Ladoos and the Alphabet

Rava ladoo
Took a quick trip to mallu-land yesterday. No, no didn’t travel there but I certainly felt like I was there. Yesterday was Vidyarambam a Hindu ritual we follow that symbolizes a Child’s initiation into the world of letters. Although M is not too hot on these rituals and traditions I wanted to get this one done.

riceIt involves getting the child to write the words Om Hari Shri Ganapathaye Namaha, the first alphabets a child writes before a lifetime of words. The child is made to write these words alphabet by alphabet on a plate of rice and then write these words again on his or her tongue using a piece of gold.

GoldSince M cannot write Malayalam to save his life and I figured it was probably easier to go to the nearest Malayalee temple than to teach him. We’ve been to this temple only once or twice but I love going there because it makes me feel like I’m home in Kerala.
Everyone in the temple – the worshippers, the pundits everyone speaks in Malayalam and even people waiting in the cars parked nearby play Malayalam music.Check out some of the garlanded two-wheelers that were part of the vehicle puja. ooohh I miss home so much I’m gonna cry…
anyway lets pep things up a bit this holiday season and make what most of you probably already know –Rava Ladoo.

Rava(semolina) 2 cups
Sugar 2 cups
Coconut 1 cup
Ghee 1 cup
Milk, a bit if you want
Cardamom powdered ¼ tsp

Fry the rava and powder it along with the sugar, coconut and the cardamoms. Add the ghee gradually and mix. Add the raisins , if using.Sprinkle some milk if you need to. Roll into lemon sized balls. Enjoy this festive goody.

This treat will also find its way to FIL- Ghee and to the Dussehra, Dhanteras & Deepavali Event

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  1. Hi dear.. Lovely recipe..! Thanks!

  2. lovely click

  3. Touching post – congrats to your son! I have to ask, is this a Mallu tradition, regardless of religion? My dad harped on and on about having my 2 year old do something similar, where you write on rice for the first time…I couldn’t justify the air fare though….;-)

  4. Delicious Ladoo,Nice click

  5. Cham

     /  September 30, 2009

    I didn’t know we should write with gold in tongue! Lovely ladoos!

  6. Wow!!! ladoo looks fabulous!!! Nice click..

  7. Wow delicious laddoo..beautiful clicks S..

  8. congrats on u r lil one’s initiation into the world of alphabets.. i am normally not a great fan of rava laddu , but the pic looks really good ..

  9. This is such a heart warming post. The ladoos look gobble worthy! 🙂 I’m still fixated and haven’t moved past the chocolate cake pudding though. My brain is stuck on it. Have to have to have to make it…… and soon.
    Congratulations on your sterling entry for the Daring Bakers!

  10. We did Aksharabyasam yesterday for my daughter as well!:)Can’t believe they grow so fast!

    • i know! i feels like only yesterday we had his naming he’s walking running talking…fighting!

  11. Wow…ladoo looks yum…nice to know about that tradition. It’s really warm feeling….

  12. Awesome Click !


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