Coconut ladoo with just few ingredients, no ghee or oil is used.
Ingredients: (yields around 16 small ladoos)
Dry Desiccated coconut (or dry coconut powder)- 1 cup + for rolling and decoration (I have used sweetened coconut flakes.)
Fresh grated coconut -2 cups (only white no brown part)
Milk powder- 1 cup
Sweetened condensed milk -half of 14 oz tin
Cardamom powder – of 4 pods
Note: If u dont have fresh coconut use full 3 cups dry desiccated coconut but it will have little taste difference and dry on chewing flakes is better and fresh is best.
1.Heat an empty pan and in that add the desiccated coconut and heat it for a minute remove and keep aside. (This brings out the coconut aroma )
2.Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a heavy bottom /non stick pan, heat and add milk powder, fresh grated coconut, dry desiccated coconut. Keep stirring till the whole mixture comes together, leaves the edges and thickens.
3.Level the top and roughly divide into equal portions. Let the mixture cool down slightly. Roll each portion into a ball with ur palms. Spread some desiccated coconut /coconut flakes on a plate and roll the ladoos on it and press lightly so it sticks really well.
Decorate on top with a few strands of desiccated coconut / flakes. Store in cupcake liners in air tight container.Stacking may result in sticking.
Stays good for 3-4 days in room temp.
I have used sweetened coconut flakes here I feel that looks mosaic like or ribbon like and prettier than plain fine desiccated coconut.