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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Coconut Laddu | Coconut Balls - Cardamom and Chocolate Flavour


Diwali is round the corner and there is festivity in the air. There is something magical about the festivals. The spirits soar high and there is so much excitement everywhere. I make sweets at home every Diwali. Idea is to enjoy the process as much as the product. Homemade sweets are far more hygienic than the store bought ones and the purity of ingredients is also guaranteed. Kids lending the helping hands is a bonus and the whole process becomes a family event, a celebration.


We made coconut laddus at home yesterday. We made elaichi flavoured laddus and then experimented with chocolate flavour. Both the batches came out well.

Here is the recipe of soft,chewy coconut laddus in two flavours-


Coconut Laddu | Coconut Balls (Elaichi Flavour)
Ingredients
2 ½ cups + I tablespoon desiccated coconut (240 ml cup)
I (400 Gms) tin condensed milk
8 green cardamoms (remove the seeds and powder them)
20 almonds chopped finely
½ cup desiccated coconut to roll laddu
½ teaspoon ghee (clarified butter) or butter
Method
Empty condensed milk in a thick bottomed steel wok. Add desiccated coconut.
Mix well. The mixture should be thick.
Cook the mixture on low flame. Keep stirring continuously so that it is evenly cooked.
The mixture will start leaving the sides and collect in the center as one big lump. Turn off the heat.
Add cardamom powder and chopped almonds. Mix well.
Apply ghee or butter in your palms and roll out mixture into medium size laddus (balls).
Roll the laddus (balls) in desiccated coconut. Cool and store in airtight jar.


Chocolate Coconut Laddu | Chocolate Coconut Balls
Ingredients
2 cups desiccated coconut (240 ml cup)
I (400 Gms) tin condensed milk
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons hot milk
½ cup chopped walnuts
A pinch of salt
½ cup desiccated coconut to roll laddu (balls)
½ teaspoon ghee (clarified butter) or butter
Method
 Empty condensed milk in a thick bottomed steel wok.
Mix cocoa powder and milk to form a lump free paste. Add the paste to condensed milk and mix well.
 Add desiccated coconut and salt.
Cook the mixture on low flame. Keep stirring continuously so that it is evenly cooked.
The mixture will start leaving the sides and collect in the center as one big lump. Turn off the heat.
Add chopped walnuts.
Apply ghee or butter in your palms and roll out mixture into medium size laddus (balls).
Roll the laddus (balls) in desiccated coconut. Cool and store in airtight jar.



3 comments:

  1. Lovely recipe !! Can I use dry shredded or fresh coconut instead of dessicated?

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    1. Hello Urmila, You can use fresh or dry shredded coconut as well. You must adjust the quantity of coconut in that case. The mixture should be thick but not dry before cooking. Hope this helps. Happy Laddu Making! :)

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  2. These look really delicious and to make them vegan I would just sub the milk for non dairy milk, the butter for coconut oil and the condensed milk for one of these... http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/sauces-syrups-spreads/sauces/condensed-soy-milk
    Cheers for a most delicious share Namita and I hope you have a wonderful festival with your family and friends :)

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