This Diwali, I am making more sweets at home as I have been learning a few from here and there. I want to make new variety of sweets without repeating any old ones for this festival. So I thought of doing Dried Coconut Ladoo which requires only 4 ingredients. Since I had Ghee at home, I purchased the other 3 from the department store. Today being Dhanalakshmi Pooja, 2nd day of Diwali; I prepared this sweet. It came out really good. Everybody at home including my 6 year old daughter Dhanya liked it. She is very choosy in eating sweets. She likes only burfi type sweets and detests Payasam. Children are like that.
I know many families where people do not like to eat coconut based items. If you try sweets made out of dry coconut as well as fresh coconut separately, you can find the taste difference. Once the coconut dries, the sweetness in it would have reduced to half the amount and oiliness would have increased. You need extra sweeteners for dry coconut based recipes. Looking at the ingredients do not be afraid of the calories it contains. After all once in a while we eat such sweets and of course we do lot of work plus exercises. Coming to the recipe, it is very simple. Just keep in hand items like the Condensed Milk, Desiccated Coconut, Milk Powder and Ghee ready. Then mix everything on a non-stick pan and stir for 4 to 5 minutes. The Ladoo mixture is ready. Prepare Ladoo balls and roll them on some more Desiccated Coconut. Have it warm and enjoy.
Dried Coconut Ladoo Ingredients:
- Condensed Milk – 1/2 Tin
- Grated Dried Coconut without black outer covering or Desiccated Coconut – 2 Cups + 1/4 Cup for rolling
- Ghee – Greasing hands while preparing Ladoos
- Milk Powder – 2 Tbsp
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Output: 15 Ladoos
How to Make Dried Coconut Ladoo:
1. In a non-stick pan, pour Condensed Milk, grated or Desiccated Coconut and Milk Powder.
2. While stirring, heat the pan on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick like a big ball.
3. Switch off the flame and transfer the mixture to a plate immediately. If you allow it to cool in the pan, the bottom part of the mixture becomes brown. Cool till it warm or till you can handle it to make round balls. Grease your hand with little Ghee before making Ladoos.
4. Place the remaining 1/4 Cup Desiccated Coconut on a plate. Roll each Ladoo over this Desiccated Coconut to get them as in photo.
Now the Ladoos are ready to be served. Serve immediately, if you want to store for more days, keep in refrigerator. Do not keep for more than 2 days.
1. I used Desiccated Coconut instead of grated Dried Coconut. This is very easy to prepare with Desiccated Coconut. If you want to use Dried Coconut, remove the outer brown covering and before you start grating. The grating should be very thin.
2. Make sure that the coconut is completely dried before you start grating it.