Vanilla coconut ladoo
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!
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Once crumbly, stir the chopped cashews and ground cardamom through the mixture until well combined, then set aside to cool.
- 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.