Aval/Poha - 1 cup (I used thin variety)
Nattu sakkarai (natural unrefined cane sugar)- 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder -1/4 tsp
Cashew nuts -3-4 (break it into 3-4 pieces)
Raisins - 10
Hot melted ghee - 3-4 tbsp
1.Dry roast poha a little or until it is hot to touch. Do not over roast or brown it. After it cools a little, grind it to a fine powder and keep it aside.
2.Heat a tbsp of ghee and fry cashew nuts first. When it starts changing color, add raisins and fry a little. When it puffs up switch off the flame. Alternatively you can fry cashew nuts and raisins separately.
3.Grind nattu sakkarai to a fine powder. When you add nattu sakkarai, you do not need much ghee as there is some moisture in nattu sakkarai itself. (If you are particular about the color of the laddu, you can add sugar, but if you are conscious of your health and your kid's health, it is advisable to use natural unrefined cane sugar.)
4.Now keep everything ready - Ground poha, hot ghee (I have kept it in a bowl of hot water), natural unrefined sugar, cardamom powder, cashew nuts and raisins fried in ghee.
5.In a bowl, mix together, ground poha, nattu sakkarai, cardamom powder, cashew nuts and raisins along with that 1 tbsp of ghee.
6.Mix everything first. Then add more ghee little at a time. When you are able to make laddus out of the mixture, stop adding ghee. Grease you hands if required with ghee and make laddus from the mixture.Delicious and healthy Aval laddu is ready.