Sunday, August 26, 2012

Nariyal Ke Laddu (Coconut sweet made with jaggery)

Nariyal Ke Laddu made with a different variety of jaggery.
I have always loved eating nariyal ke laddu. I was born and brought up in Kolkata and this is a common Bengali sweet. Bengali's prepare this sweet dish at the time of Lakshmi Puja or Lakkhi Puja as they say in Bengali. This laddu is distributed as Prasad. My Bengali neighbour would always send this to my house as Prasad and I would be the first one to eat it. I never thought of preparing this sweet dish in Kolkata as grating the coconut is not my cup of tea. However, here in Dubai the Supermarkets sell fresh grated coconut so now I can make as many Nariyal ke Laddu's and eat:) This Ganesh Chaturthi prepare the Nariyal Ke Laddu and impress your family
1 grated coconut
1/2 cup milk
Pinch of cardamom powder (Optional)
200gms jaggery, best if you can get date jaggery (Gur) 
Pour the milk in a thick bottom pan. Add the jaggery to this and cook on slow heat until the jaggery melts and mixes well with the milk. Try and find good quality Jaggery. 
Now add the grated coconut. Cook on slow heat and stir occasionally. 
Add a pinch of fresh cardamom powder.
When the mixture is thick and sticky(shown in the picture below) remove the pan from heat and let it cool completely. Do not over cook or else the mixture will dry. Just in case you have over cooked then add little milk and cook to get the right consistency.

Now take small quantity of the mixture to form small round balls. 
Nariyal Ke Laddu is ready to serve. 
This recipe serves around 14 small Laddu's. 
I just wanted to mention that it is a high calorie recipe so count the numbers when you are eating 

Nariyal Ke Laddu made with a different variety of jaggery.

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