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Vanilla coconut ladoo

Serves 10-12
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins

Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, is celebrated for 5 days and brings people together to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness. These vanilla coconut ladoo are just one of many sweets that are enjoyed over the celebratory period; as a small gesture to greet people, family, and friends with the joy of celebrating the festival. Try them for yourself and immerse yourself in this beautiful piece of Hindu culture! 

vanilla coconut ladoo



  • 2 cups desiccated coconut 
  • 1 ½ cups milk 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • ¾ cup caster sugar 
  • Handful of cashews, finely chopped 
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • Extra desiccated coconut, for rolling 

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the desiccated coconut, milk and vanilla over a low to medium heat. Stir well until the coconut has absorbed the milk. 
  2. Add the caster sugar, and stir well to combine. Stir the mixture over a low heat for 20 minutes or until the sugar has melted and the mixture has become thick and crumbly. 
  3. Once crumbly, stir the chopped cashews and ground cardamom through the mixture until well combined, then set aside to cool. 
  4. Once cool, use your hands to press and shape the mixture into balls, then roll in desiccated coconut. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or serve and enjoy.