Toasted Coconut Balls – Toasted Coconut Cardamom Ladoo. 4 Ingredients! Ready in 20. Soft balls of coconut, coconut milk, cardamom and coconut sugar to celebrate the (Indian) festival season. Use other flavors of choice like vanilla, cardamom or lemon zest to make lemon coconut snowballs.
Just like Dals, there are many many variations of Ladoos (Sweet balls) depending on the region, family, festival and preference. These fudgy balls of coconut have just 4 ingredients. Shredded coconut, coconut milk, cardamom and sugar or sweetener of choice.
Toast the shredded coconut until nicely golden brown. Add coconut milk or coconut cream and cook for a minute. Add cardamom and sugar and continue to mix and cook until the liquid dries out. Cool, shape and serve! You can use dried shredded coconut or fresh shredded coconut for these Ladoos. Fresh shredded coconut can be found in Indian stores in the frozen section. Or if you can find a fresh coconut, shred your own (I kid, I never do that :)). The dried shredded coconut often is not fine. Pulse it a few times to reduce the shred size so that the coconut can absorb the liquid and flavor better and make less chewy ladoos. I use cardamom in these ladoos because I love fresh cardamom and this is a ladoo. Use other flavors such as a dash of vanilla extract, some lemon zest for some amazing zesty coconut balls.