Friday, January 9, 2009

Coconut Laddu

Coconut Laddu is a very popular sweet treat in India. It's very rich and easy to make. These coconut laddu's are not low in calories... On Weight Watchers they are 4 points per coconut laddu. You can reduce the calories by using fat-free condensed milk, but it only cuts the weight watcher points by 1, so they are 3 points per coconut laddu with the fat-free condensed milk.

* 1 tbsp butter
* 1 14 ounce package dried shredded coconut(bakers brand is the best), ground up in a food processor or if you can find finely ground coconut, that would work too.
* 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (or fat-free for less calories)
* 2 pinches freshly ground cardamom, or 1/8 teaspoon of jarred ground cardamom

In a non-stick skillet, melt butter over medium heat.

Add 3 cups finely ground coconut and brown for about 5 minutes or until most of the coconut is golden brown through out.

Add one can sweetened condensed milk and stir for about 6 - 8 minutes or until it's very sticky and thick and comes together in one mass.

Turn off the heat and add the cardamom and mix well.

Let the mixture cool enough to handle, you still want the mixture warm or you won't be able to form balls.

Set aside the rest of the coconut in a bowl.

With the warm coconut and condensed milk mixture, make balls about the size golf balls, then roll the coconut laddu's in the coconut that has been set aside.

Makes roughly 20 coconut laddu's

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