November 1, 2013

Carrot Coconut Laddu

 Diwali is one festival that all Indians celebrate irrespective of which part of India you are from. It represents victory of good over evil, light over darkness and of course good food:). Food bloggers all over are showcasing their 'sweet' talents this time of the year. I am not a 'sweet' person mainly because I do not have a lot of patience to make traditional sweets, but I still wanted to make something quick'n'healthy for my family and also to share with friends. Here is a simple sweet made with all organic, wholesome ingredients which can be made under 30 minutes.

  • Carrots - 2 cups (grated)
  • Almonds - 1/2 cup (preferably soaked overnight or at least few hours)
  • Coconut - 3/4 cup (finely shredded)
  • Unrefined coconut palm sugar - 1/2 cup (or less according to your sweet preference)
  • Cardamom - 6-8 (peeled and powdered)
  • Saffron - a pinch

  • Start cooking the grated carrot in a shallow heavy bottom pan, stirring every once every 30 seconds or so.
  • Meanwhile grind the almonds with about a cup of filtered water and peeled cardamom.
  • In about 10 minutes, carrot should be just cooked enough.
  • Add almond paste and saffron and continue cooking on medium heat, stirring continuously till the liquid is completely absorbed. Takes about 10 -15 minutes. 
  • Add the coconut sugar and shredded coconut. You might want to switch off the flame at this point and keep stirring till you feel you can roll it into balls. 
  • Make small walnut sized balls (laddus) while the mixture is still warm. 
  • I added few drops of ghee on my palm while rolling so that the laddus have nice ghee aroma :-) 
  • Optionally roll the laddus in finely shredded coconut. 
  • Enjoy, Happy Diwali !!

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