Dry Coconut Ladoo (Desiccated Coconut Roundels)

IMG_2276Festive season has already begun. You might be thinking of preparing varieties of sweet dishes for upcoming festivals. Ganesh Chaturthi – festival of Lord Ganesha is approaching. You can offer these delicious ladoos to Lord Ganesha as Naivedyam. These ladoos are very tasty and delicious. I am using desiccated coconut for this dish. Desiccated coconut is a grated, dried and unsweetened kernel of a matured coconut. Often dried coconut is very much less appreciated when compared to other dried fruits. It has got exceptionally high nutritional value and health benefits which make it a valuable addition to many meals. It has got rich natural oil in it which is far better than the processed one. The important fact that dried coconut itself is very delicious and dishes made from dried coconut are certainly delicious. There are many wonderful recipes which include dried coconut as main ingredient. If you want to enjoy delicious exotic meals, you should have some dried coconut in your kitchen. I always keep dry coconut available in my kitchen and I use it in my daily cooking as supporting ingredient. I am using very less number of ingredients to prepare this dish. It requires very less time as compared to other sweet dishes or rather I can say ladoos. I hope you will enjoy preparing this dish. Let’s see how to prepare Dry Coconut Ladoo.  

INGREDIENTS

  • Desiccated Coconut powder – 3 cups
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Milk powder – 1/2 cup
  • Dry Fruits – 1/2 cup (Optional)

I, normally, use cashew nuts and raisins. You can use dry fruits of your choice and liking.

PREPARATION

  • Crush all dry fruits and keep them in a small bowl.
  • You can prepare desiccated coconut powder at home or you can buy it from market. It is better to buy it from market. Preparing at home is little bit time consuming. You should take care that the powder should be fresh one.
  • Measure the desiccated coconut powder and keep it in a bowl so that it will be easier to pour to the syrup when it gets ready. Add milk powder to it and mix it well.
  • Take a wide bottomed frying pan. Pour 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water to it and stir it little bit. Place the pan on medium high heat, lower the heat once water and sugar mixture come to a boil.
  • You have to keep on stirring the mixture once you place the pan on heat. Stir it continuously until the sugar dissolves completely and the mixture is clear. Continue boiling of mixture for 5 minutes until big bubbles start appearing on the surface of the mixture. Boil it for another 5 minutes so that the syrup will become little bit thicker which is called one string syrup. Take out the pan from heat.
  • Pour crushed dry fruits and coconut powder mixed with milk powder to the syrup. Mix it thoroughly.
  • There is a chance of variation in consistency of mixture. Either mixture may become dry or loose. You need not worry at all. If mixture becomes dry, all you have to do is add a tea spoon of milk or water and cook it on low heat for 2-3 minutes. Stir it while cooking and stuff will be perfect for binding ladoos.
  • If it is little bit loose, you will have to add another cup of desiccated coconut powder or little bit less coconut powder to it and mix it well and start binding ladoos.
  • Take a little quantity of mixture in hand, clump hands with mixture to tighten it. Slowly using inner palm, rotate it with another hand to make small balls.
  • Repeat the same procedure for remaining stuff. Tasty and delicious Dry coconut ladoos are ready for naivedyam and then taste.
  • Isn’t it easy!
  • Enjoy cooking.

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