5 Ingredients Coconut Almond Laddoo

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A super easy Instant coconut laddoo Indian dessert recipe made with the goodness of almond powder and condensed milk ready in 15  minutes.

It has been an exciting and busy time in the Dutta household with the countdown for the new arrival and finally the advent of our 2nd angel Ryka on 30th September 2015.

‘Ryka’ means born out of prayer.

A name acquired from the prayer of an innocent heart of my elder daughter who has been wanting a baby sister since she was 2! It just goes to show how an earnest and unselfish desire of wanting something has a way of coming true!

Such a blessed feeling!

An Indian Tradition To Offer Sweets

Like most traditions, the arrival of a new life is always a big celebration!

It is no different in the Indian culture too, just that it needs to start with something sweet.

It is the practice to offer prayers and sweets to God and seek blessings for the new arrival.

Visitors who come to see the baby are offered sweets as a mark of being thankful for the new blessing.

It is considered auspicious!

5 Ingredients Instant Coconut Laddoo

Considering that I have had my hands full with a little bundle and recovering from a c-section, my choice of making a quick sweet treat that was easy to prepare and make was limited.

Although one could easily buy sweets from the shops,  I wanted to make something at home as it’s more fulfilling and I had the help of my mother being around too!

My chosen sweet also needed to be something my global friends did not mind eating.

Indian sweets are an acquired taste. Not all enjoy it as they would enjoy an Indian main or a side dish!

This is a dry coconut laddoo recipe and is super easy to make.

It comes together in 15 minutes and needs only 5 ingredients.

This coconut laddoo made with condensed milk is very similar to taste like the Ferroro Rocher Coconut Raffaello chocolates! Just that it does not have any chocolate.

What is a Laddoo and How To Make It ?

A hard non-stick anodized surface pan like the image in the bottom from cooks standard suits best for this purpose.
The pan is made of durable material, heats well and prevents hot spots which means your food gets cooked evenly and quickly.
Step 1
Add 2 cups of coconut to the pan and roast on low flame.
Add desicated coconut to a heavy bottom pan />
Step 2
Next, add the almond powder to the coconut and mix together for further 1 to 2 minutes.
Add almond powder to the dessicated coconut
Step 3

Add the condensed milk to the coconut and almond mixture and fold it in.

Coconut laddoo with condensed milk

Step 4

Add cardamom powder and chopped raisins if using them to the mixture.Add cardamom powder to coconut laddoo

Step 5 

Continue to stir the mixture until it becomes dry and sticky.

Dry and Sticky Almond coconut laddoo in a pan

Step 6 

Remove from heat, cool and start rolling them into balls.

Rolled coconut laddoos

Step 7

Coat each coconut ball with desiccated coconut, garnish with half almond and serve.

Your Almond Coconut Laddoo is ready to be served.

Almond Coconut Laddoo Recipe

Cooking Tips To Note for Making Almond Coconut Laddoo

1 Use a non-stick heavy-bottomed pan for making the laddoo and prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
2 Keep the heat to low and stir the mixture constantly from the bottom top.
3 Add ghee, butter or oil to the mixture if it becomes too dry.
4 For getting the required consistency, observe that the mixture stick to the back of the spatula and not of a crumbly texture.
5 Adding your chosen dry fruits and nuts such as raisins, pistachios, cashewnuts and completely optional and to your taste.

 

Below is the recipe card for you with detailed steps

Easy almond coconut recipe with condensed milk

 

5 Ingredients Almond Coconut Laddoo

Ingredients

For the coconut balls or laddoos
Desiccated Coconut – 2 cups
Almond Powder – 1 cup
Condensed Milk – 1 250 gm tin
Raisins (chopped, optional) – Handful
Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
For Garnishing
Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup
Whole Almonds ( cut into halves) – as per the balls
* Click to ingredient to choose one

Directions

1
Heat a flat bottomed pan (preferably heavy bottomed) and add 2 cups of coconut to the pan. Roast on medium to low flame for about 2 mins stirring constantly so that it does not stick to the bottom.
2
Next add the almond powder to the coconut and mix together for further 1 to 2 minutes. Some recipes use ghee (clarified butter) but I prefer not to as coconut and almond both release their own oils while being roasted! In case you do not see that happening then do add a few extra teaspoons of oil to the mixture.You will see the mixture becoming a bit greasy in this process. Remember to keep the heat low and scrape the mixture from bottom up.This will prevent the mixture from turning brown.
3
Now slowly add the condensed milk to the mixture and mix well using the lift and drop motion so that the entire mixture gets absorbed by the condensed milk. Also add the cardamom powder and raisins at this stage and mix thoroughly.
4
Continue mixing until the mixture becomes dry and sticky. It usually takes around 5 – 8 minutes but depends on the level of heat and the quality of the pan you are using. The mixture should stick to the spatula and refuse to fall and stirring would become hard. Turn the heat off at this point and set the mixture aside.
5
It is now time to roll it into balls once the mixture is cool enough for you to handle. You should not let it go cold as it would become difficult to roll it.
6
Once they have been rolled into balls, roll it on a plate of dry desiccated coconut and coat each ball evenly.
7
Finish the laddoos with half a almond on top for garnishing.