NARIYAL LADDU / नारियल के लड्डू (Sweet Coconut Balls)


Just two days back I learnt that the very first post that I had uploaded on my blog had disappeared ‘mysteriously’ when my blog shifted from blogspot to wordpress. A friend called up to say that she had been trying to click the link to coconut ladoos but the post failed to pop up. Alarm bells rang and I hurried to grab my laptop. And lo and behold, the post had indeed disappeared! I felt a twang of disappointment since it was my beloved first post. The first of anything has a special place in our heart or at least a memory that resides in our heart rather than the mind. I decided not to change a word that I had written in that post coz it made me look back at the journey that began three years ago. (Thankfully I had a copy of the post in a ‘windows word’ file)

“A few days back one of our South-Indian friend visited us after their trip to their native place. They brought us ‘prasad’ of a whole coconut. Coconuts are synonymous to South India and it is used in nearly every culinary delight of the South Indian cuisine. But I, a North Indian, really didn’t know what to do with it especially since it was prasad so it couldn’t be used to dish up a chicken or fish curry!! I didn’t want to use it for making a curry. I surfed the net for a simple recipe where I could use the coconut and give it the honour that it deserved. I had a recipe for coconut laddu made with condensed milk which is much faster to make but it has loads of calories. This recipe, although takes longer to cook, happens to be a much healthier version.

I found a simple and easy recipe on the net. Though the recipe mentioned 15 minutes of cooking time but it actually took me a good 30 minutes to reach the desired consistency of the mixture. Also, it mentioned ‘serves 8-9′ but honestly, it was just enough for 4!! (coz they are small in size and turn out so yummy that you possible can’t do with just one helping!!)

I made a few minor changes to the recipe which is: One, I peeled off the brownish/blackish outer skin of the fresh coconut and kept only the white flesh. Second, I added just a dash of red colour so as to impart a baby pinkish colour to the ladoos and third, I rolled them in desiccated coconut. The result? They turned out looking really gorgeous with that hint of pink peeping from a covering of lovely white coating of desiccated coconut!! (Exactly the way one finds them in Indian sweet shops)”


Since I mentioned above about yield of laddus being low, I have doubled the amount of ingredients this time around. Also, my initial posts didn’t have pics attached to them so I grabbed the opportunity to upload a few pics along with the post.

2C loosely packed (120 g) finely shredded, fresh Coconut (or desiccated, if necessary)

1 scant C Caster Sugar

1C (250 ml) milk

½ tsp Green Cardamom seeds, ground

1 drop edible Red colour (optional)

A few table spoons of Desiccated Coconut

Chopped Pistachio nuts or Almonds, for sprinkling (optional)

Place the shredded coconut, sugar and milk in a non-stick pan. Bring gently to the boil (at this point you will notice that the coconut releases its water and milk turns thin but don’t panic) and keep cooking over a medium low heat for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the ground cardamom and a drop of red edible color (if using) and continue to cook for a further 4-5 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed and the mixture becomes one mass (yet it should be moist) and starts to come off the base of the pan in a ball. Remove from the heat and scrape the mixture onto a plate.

Set aside until it is cool and begin forming it into balls. (I found that an easier way to handle the sticky mixture was to refrigerate it for approx 30  minutes)

Take a few table spoons of desiccated coconut in a plate and gently roll the laddus into it. Transfer them onto a plate and sprinkle with the chopped pistachios or/and almonds.  (I placed them on a plate covered with cling wrap so that they do not stick to the plate and can be removed easily.).


Note: Ensure that you cook the coconut on medium low heat else the coconut will release it oils and the laddos will have a dry and crumbly texture. The same will happen if you cook the mixture for too long. The mixture must remain moist.

Note: The original recipe had 1 cup of sugar which was a tad sweet for our taste hence I reduced the amount of sugar.

Yield: 10 Laddus (the size shown in the pics)

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21 thoughts on “NARIYAL LADDU / नारियल के लड्डू (Sweet Coconut Balls)

  1. I lost two posts too when I shifted to 2 years ago and a few comments. Luckily not more and I know it can be annoying. I fell in love with your gorgeous fairy tale ladoos, so pretty! When I first got sugary prasad in the north I was confused what it was. haha Does prasad mean something like gift? Is it called the same way in tamil nadu and kerala or is there another name for it? Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank god you didn’t lose it my friend – I have lost a whole chunk of posts from 2012 and who knows if I will get them back :'(
    But I am glad you did, and may have to make your incredible ladoos to make myself feel better 😛
    Their colour is utterly stunning!

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Love love love the pictures,Absolutely aesthetic,love the way you have chosen both dark and white background to showcase the same laddus ina brilliant way,talking about the recipe I have a big sweet tooth and these laddus look highly promising,I have seen easy coconut laddus with condensed milk,this elaborate method must surely be worth the effort.

  4. Would love to try out these gorgeous beauties. Very inventive and creative and I love the scent of cardomom plus lots of coconut. Btw, I didn’t loose any post but the pictures in some have disappeared.

  5. Those are totally gorgeous! I love the way you presented them in coconut halves. Lovely flavors and would be perfect for a tea party!

  6. These are for sure look too impressive to eat 🙂 a pleasure for any occasion. I like your new look, mine needs a face left itself but I am very cautious as I do not want to loose anything too…

  7. I always keep a backup of text and pictures for every post — just in case (and I once accidentally deleted the contents of a post, but not the post itself; the backup saved my life!). Anyway, really nice recipe. Love the color! Thanks.

  8. I think I never got to visit your new page. Recently your posts were not even appearing on my blog feeds reading list due to the change in UR, then I added the new URL. But then I noticed the post from you without a title, so I knew that I was missing the good stuff. Anyway I am glad I was able to get back in touch and see all the wonderful stuff you are cooking.

    Coconut laddos are very addictive!! I liked the pink hue you gave to the laddos. Loved the first and last shot very much!!

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