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Living away from family we all do what we can to restore a little piece of home into our lives daily. I do not have much of a sweet tooth, but I do have a desire to be a master chef – for both savory and sweet foods. I used to collect recipes as a child, and have a collection of thousands of recipes from newspapers, magazines, cookbooks and tv shows. But unfortunately, being extremely lazy, I’ve never actively cooked. So what better time to actively practice and hone the cooking skill than now, just in time for the wedding!

My fiance loves to eat, and I decided to make coconut laddoos for him. I’m my worst critic whenever I cook, but they turned out delicious – can’t tell you how glad that makes me!

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Choco Coconut Laddoos:

Laddoo is the generic name for traditional round-shaped Indian sweets, usually made with ingredients like wheat flour, gram flour, semolina, or in this case – Coconut. This recipe has peanuts for some added flair and a hint of chocolate. You can omit these ingredients based on your preferences or allergies.


What you need:

Grated coconut – 1 1/2 cup
Roasted and coarsely powdered peanuts – 3/4 cup
Thick fresh cream – 3/4 cup
Powdered sugar – 1 cup
Bittersweet chocolate – 1/2 cup {this can be increased for more chocolatey flavor}
Ghee {a kind of clarified butter used in the Indian sub-continent} – 4 tsps
Cardamom seeds – 1/2 tsp

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Makes: 15-20 laddoos
Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 20 minutes


The Method:

Heat a pan and add ghee. You can use unsalted butter instead of ghee.

Add the coconut and fry for 5 minutes on medium heat. Then add the peanuts and fry for a few more minutes. The coconut burns easily so make sure to stir it often.

When the coconut changes color to golden, add powdered sugar, whipped cream, chocolate and crushed cardamom seeds.

Saute continuously for 15 minutes or till the mixture thickens.

Let it cool for 5 minutes.

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Rub some ghee or butter on your palms and shape the mixture into round balls, about an inch in diameter.

Bite into a warm laddoo and enjoy the chocolatey coconuty-ness!


Happy cooking!
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