Thursday, August 22, 2019

Coconut Laddoo - Coconut and Jaggery Balls

COCONUT LADDOO 
Interestingly a lump of Pooranam / Hoorana (coconut cooked with jaggery) was served along with other Prasadams during a Durga Pooja festival which I attended years ago. Later I learnt that the sweet lump was a festive Bengali sweet called Coconut Laddoo. The Laddoo had collapsed into a lump as it was under-cooked.
Coconut Laddoo is a delicious sweet prepared using only grated fresh coconut and jaggery. It can be prepared easily even by a novice without worrying about the end product. Pooranam/Hoorana is obtained when the ingredients are slightly under-cooked. When it is overcooked it becomes a chewy coconut and jaggery candy. Any which way it is a delicious sweet which can be enjoyed in any consistency. Practice makes one perfect. Relish and enjoy the 'imperfect delicacies' until you get a perfect and scrumptious Coconut Laddoo!


INGREDIENTS
Fresh coconut gratings - 1 cup
Powdered jaggery  - 1 cup
Powdered cardamom - 1 pinch
METHOD
1. Dissolve jaggery in one cup of warm water and filter out the impurities.
2. In a heavy bottomed pan combine coconut gratings, filtered jaggery water and cardamom powder.
3. Keep stirring and cook till the mixture becomes thick and sticky.


4. Keep cooking till the jaggery starts to caramelize and switch off flame.


5. Transfer to a plate and allow it to cool.
6. Take a scoop of the mixture at a time and form plum sized laddoos while it is still warm.


7. Make a bed of Coconut sugar on a plate.


8. Roll the Laddoos on the sugar so that they do not stick together while storing.


9. Pick one and pop it into your mouth.


 Enjoy the pure bliss!

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