About this recipe:A laddoo is a very common dessert in South Asia. Coconut or Narikel Laddoo is one of the many kinds of laddoos that can be found in this region. laddoos hold special memories of my late grandmother ( Nanu) who used to make them every now and then. I very fondly remember that I would always be eager to go over to visit my Nanu, and eat her delicious laddoos.
I am sure many of us have similar memories, so make some laddoos for yourself and reminisce the good old times!
Grate the coconuts and pour the grated coconut on a "Sheel Pata". A "Sheel Pata" is a flat stone with a cylindrical stone that is rubbed back and forth to grind the ingredients. Grind the grated coconut until it turns into a soft paste.
Heat milk until it thickens down to a volume of 1/2 liter from its original 2 liters. Mix in sugar as the milk heats and thickens. This will take a while, around 30 minutes. Meanwhile wet the saffron in a small cup with a few spoons of water.
When the milk has thickened, add the coconut paste and cardamom powder. Mix the rosewater in a small cup with the a few drops of the wet saffron. Add this rosewater to the mixture of coconut paste and milk in the pot and stir regularly on low heat until the coconut milk thickens into a very thick, semi solid paste. This should take around 1 and a half hours. Do not allow this paste to get cold and solidify as you will not be able to make small balls ( laddoos).
Take some of the thickened coconut milk paste in your palm and make a small ball. Set aside the laddoos or the balls on a table under a fan when all the balls have been made. When the laddoos have cooled down, put them in a big box and allow for more cooling and setting for another 10-12 hours. The laddoos turn out best when they are allowed to set for a day or two. Do not put the laddoos in a fridge for the cooling to take place, as the cooling and setting process must happen in room temperature.
Serve and enjoy!
I personally love to have laddoos with warm milk :) The milk sort of balances the sweetness of the laddoos.