Sunday, August 15, 2010

Coconut Laddoos


I discovered my love of Indian food about three years ago and really just can't get enough!  As much as I love the food I can't say I had ever had an Indian dessert before making these Laddoos.  When my friend and I decided to cook Indian for dinner one night I figured we should make it a meal and include an authentic dessert.  After searching all day for the perfect recipe we settled on Coconut Laddoos.  If you know me well you certainly know of my love for coconut, so I figured an Indian dessert with coconut would be just perfect.


The Laddoos were simple to make, but had a very sophisticated tasted.  They were extremely sweet, but delicious nonetheless.  The flavor of the cardamom really penetrated throughout the Laddoos and combined well with the sweetness of the coconut and the milk.  They were a nice and refreshing end to our Indian meal! 

If you want to read more about India you should check out my friend Ben's blog.  He is currently living in New Delhi and has amazing stories about his adventures and fabulous photos of what he's seen.  

Coconut Laddoos
adapted from Fun and Food Blog

Ingredients

1 can condensed milk
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
2 tsp cardamom powder
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts and pecans)

Directions

Set aside 1/2 cup of coconut for the garnish.  Mix the condensed milk and 2 cups of the coconut in a large pan.  Add the sugar and cardamom powder and stir on a low heat for about 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat, add the chopped nuts, and set aside until the mixture has cooled down enough to handle with your hands.

At this point my mixture wasn't firm enough to roll into balls, so I put it in the fridge for about 20 minutes.  I then shaped the mixture into small round balls (Laddoos) and rolled them in coconut.  I placed the Laddoos back in the fridge for another 20-30 minutes and then served.

5 comments:

  1. how sweet! i've never heard of laddoos either, but i'm willing to give them a try after this. we'll see if they outrank my two current favorite indian desserts: gulab jamun and jellabi. although rasmali are good too... who am i kidding, it's all delicious!

    cheers,

    *heather*

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  2. Oh yes, I love gulab jamun as well. I will have to give those a try at some point!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I always thought I hated glab jamun until I tried it again recently, and they were really fresh and warm. So so so yummy. Now I want to try your desert too. I'm bookmarking this one.
    *kisses* HH

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  4. These look and sound delicious! I'm so glad I will have some Indian desserts to come home to!

    Thanks for the shout out, Schwartz!

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