Coconut Laddoos/ Coconut Fudge Balls
EVENT: DESI BLOGGERS CONNECT
THEME: DIWALI DHAMAKA
Desi Bloggers Connect is a Facebook Group where members support each other by sharing and commenting on each others post. Through this group I’ve got to know quite a few new bloggers. For this Diwali Festival, the admins decided that we should prepare a sweet and savory or either dish to share for the theme.
When I volunteered to take part in this event, I had jotted down a few options, of which one was a recipe that my mother in law use to make often during Diwali. However, its a bit time consuming and it will have to wait for another time. After I got back from India, wasn’t keeping well because of a very bad viral infection. It has taken a couple of weeks for me to overcome it. Therefore, the last thing that I wanted to do is slave over the cooker to cook up something elaborate.
I was going to inform the admins that I cannot take part when I thought of the quick coconut laddoo or coconut fudge ball recipe that I usually make for Diwali to give as Diwali presents and also serve to people who come home to wish us on that day. I hate to back out at the last minute when I’ve committed to something.
In my past Diwali posts I’ve already written about Diwali and the festivities so will not repeat it here. Anyway, its pretty easy to google and find out why Hindus celebrate Diwali. As hubby and I are getting older, we tend to miss family even more during this festival and wish we could be with them. However, that it is not possible. The few family friends that we have a tradition with of inviting for dinner or lunches and we go to theirs makes the festival a bit more exciting.
Coming to this easy peasy recipe, its a must for coconut lovers like me, I cannot resist anything that has coconut. Once you have the ingredients at hand, its very easy to make. So lets get right to the recipe. The combination of milk powder, ghee (clarified butter) and milk makes the fudge.
COCONUT LADDOOS/ COCONUT FUDGE BALLS
Makes about 15-20 depending on the size
4 cups milk powder
2 cups desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
1 cup milk at room temperature
⅓ – ½ cup melted ghee ((clarified butter)
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp cardamom powder
2 tbsp rose water
- Mix milk, ghee and rose water in a wide pan.
- Put the pan on low heat. immediately add the milk powder and stir the mixture till its like a smooth paste.
- If there are lumps, break it with the back of the spoon. Remember to keep on stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes.
- Add sugar and keep on stirring it, still on low to medium heat. At this stage the mixture will become like a liquid.
- Keep stirring and cooking it for 3-4 minutes over low heat.
- Add the desiccated coconut and cardamom powder. Keep on stirring till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and comes together like a dough.
- Take the pan off the heat. Remove the mixture into a bowl or plate.
- Let it cool till you’re able to touch it without getting burnt. Don’t let it become cold completely, otherwise it becomes difficult to roll into balls.
- Grease your hands with some ghee or butter.
- Take about 1 -1½ tbsp of the mixture and press it in you fist and roll it into a ball.
- Roll the ball in desiccated coconut and keep on a tray or a plate.
- Repeat steps 9 to 11 with the remaining mixture. Grease your hands often so that the mixture does not stick to your hands.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container till you’re ready to serve it.
- Use unsalted melted butter instead of ghee.
- Add flavours of your choice like orange zest, vanilla, etc.
- Roll the balls in finely chopped nuts or sugar strands.
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Check out what fellow Desi Bloggers have made:
1. Jayashree Trao – Palak Sev
2. Seema Doraiswamy Sriram – Buckwheat Fruit Kheer
3. Vanitha Bhat – Gulab Jamun ki Sabzi
4. Geetha Priyanka – 7 cups Burfi
5. Priya Suresh – Besan Badam Laddoo
6. Sasmita Sahoo Samanta – Parwal ki Mithai
7. Pavani Gunikuntla – Milk Powder Burfi
8. Jagruti Dhanecha – Badam Gulkhand Katli
9. Piyali Muthha – Kashmiri Phirni