coconut ladoo recipe, how to make coconut ladoo

coconut ladoo recipe with step by step photos. depending upon the method and the ingredients used there are many recipes for making coconut ladoo. e.g. you can make them with fresh or dry coconut. you can use either khoya or condensed milk or jaggery or sugar syrup. you can choose to flavor coconut ladoo with cardamom powder or saffron or skip them altogether. in this recipe post, i am sharing two easy methods of making coconut ladoo.

coconut ladoo

coconut ladoo – 2 ways

1. coconut ladoo with condensed milk (photo above) –  this is a quick & instant 15-minute recipe of making coconut ladoo with fresh coconut, condensed milk (milkmaid) and cardamom powder. this is an easy recipe, gets done quickly and can be made even by a newbie in cooking. generally, only the white part of the coconut is used. but the one i had grated, had both white and some brown parts. yet, i made the ladoo as it does not matter to me as long as the end result tastes good.

2. nariyal ladoo (photo below)- these are melt in the mouth delicious coconut ladoo made with desiccated coconut & sugar. i make this three-ingredient traditional recipe when i have to offer ladoo to bhagwan ganesha or any other diety or for a religious occasion. these nariyal ladoo are easy to make provided you get 1 thread or ek taar consistency in the sugar syrup. if you overcook the sugar syrup beyond the 1 thread consistency, the coconut ladoo will become hard. i have mentioned the recipe details both in the notes section of the recipe card and in the step by step pictures below.

nariyal ladoo, coconut ladoo

you can choose any recipe that you find easy and make coconut ladoo as a sweet snack or during festivals.

key points for making coconut ladoo recipes

  1. both these above recipes can be easily halved or doubled or tripled.
  2. in both the recipes you can easily substitute fresh coconut for desiccated coconut powder and vice versa.
  3. if planning to offer coconut ladoo for any diety, then i suggest making the second coconut recipe made with desiccated coconut powder and sugar.
  4. coconut ladoo made either way with any of these two recipes taste too good. a lovely sweet treat for your loved ones.
  5. coconut ladoo made with condensed milk stay well in the fridge for about a week. the coconut ladoo made with just sugar stays well for more than a week.

tasty coconut ladoo recipes for you:

  • instant coconut ladoo – this is a 2 ingredient delicious ladoo made with sweetened condensed milk and desiccated coconut powder.
  • coconut ladoo with khoya – made with fresh grated coconut and khoya (mawa).
  • narkel naru  delicious coconut ladoo from the bengali cuisine made with fresh grated coconut and jaggery.

if you are looking for more coconut sweets recipes then you can the following recipes:

coconut ladoo

4.78 from 9 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:1 min
Cook Time:14 mins
Total Time:15 mins
Course:desserts,sweets
Cuisine:maharashtrian
Calories: 99kcal
Servings (change the number to scale):14 ladoo
coconut ladoo recipe
coconut ladoo recipe - 2 ways. this recipe post two easy coconut ladoo recipes. the first coconut ladoo is a quick 3 ingredient recipe made with fresh coconut, condensed milk and cardamom powder. the second coconut ladoo recipe is made with desiccated coconut powder and sugar.

INGREDIENTS FOR coconut ladoo

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 1.5 cups tightly packed fresh grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder (choti elaichi powder) Or 4 to 5 green cardamoms crushed in a mortar-pestle
  • ¾ cup condensed milk Or 220 grams sweetened condensed milk Or about ½ tin of sweetened condensed milk
  • cup desiccated or fresh coconut for rolling
  • chopped dry fruits of your choice (optional)

HOW TO MAKE coconut ladoo

sauteing the coconut

  • heat 1 teaspoon ghee in a frying pan or kadai. keep flame to a low.
  • add 1.5 cups tightly packed coconut.
  • stir and saute the coconut on a low flame for 3 to 4 minutes. the sauteing is to just get rid of some moisture. don't brown them. if using desiccated coconut, then no need to saute it in ghee. just mix the desiccated coconut with condensed milk and heat the mixture.

making coconut ladoo

  • now add ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk. here i used amul mithai mate.
  • add ½ tsp cardamom powder.
  • stir very well and cook this mixture on a low flame.
  • when you see that the mixture has begun to thicken, then keep stirring regularly.
  • when the mixture begins to leave the sides of the pan and when you see some coconut fat from the sides, switch off the flame.
  • pour the coconut ladoo mixture in another bowl or pan. allow it to cool.
  • when the mixture has cooled completely, pinch small to medium balls from the mixture and form ladoo.
  • roll the coconut ladoo in desiccated coconut (nariyal ka burada) or in fresh coconut evenly.
  • you can also make all the ladoo at once and then roll in the desiccated coconut.
  • place the coconut ladoo in small muffin liners or just place them in a tray.
  • serve coconut ladoo straight away or refrigerate and serve them later. 
  • these coconut ladoo stay good for a week in the fridge.

NOTES

2nd recipe for making nariyal ladoo

ingredients:
  • 1.5 cups desiccated coconut powder (unsweetened)
  • ⅔ cup regular sugar or organic unrefined cane sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder or 3 to 4 green cardamoms (choti elaichi) - husked and powdered in a mortar-pestle (optional)
method:
a) preparing sugar syrup for nariyal ladoo
  1. mix the sugar with the water and dissolve it. if there are impurities than strain the sugar solution. the sugar can be adjusted as per your sweet likings. for a less sweet taste you can use ½ cup sugar and for a more sweeter taste use ¾ cup sugar.
  2. keep the sugar solution on fire and on a low flame cook the solution.
  3. the solution will start to thicken and continue to cook till you get the one thread consistency in the sugar solution.
b) making nariyal ladoo
  1. switch off the flame and add the desiccated coconut powder and cardamom powder to the sugar solution.
  2. quickly stir and make small balls from the mixture.
  3. if the heat is too much too handle, wait for a few minutes till you are comfortable in making the ladoo. the mixture should be hot or warm while making the coconut ladoos.
  4. if the mixture becomes cold, then making the coconut ladoo is impossible.
    in this case, return the pan or bowl on the fire and slightly warm the mixture and continue to make the ladoo.
  5. make all nariyal ladoo this way.
  6. serve the nariyal ladoo as naivedyam or bhog to lord ganesha.
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coconut ladoo – recipe 1

sauteing the coconut

1. heat 1 teaspoon ghee in a frying pan or kadai. you can also use coconut oil.

ghee for coconut ladoo recipe

2. add 1.5 cups tightly packed grated coconut.

sauting fresh coconut for coconut ladoo recipe

3. stir and saute the coconut on a low flame for 3 to 4 minutes. the sauteing is to just get rid of some moisture. don’t brown them. if using desiccated coconut, then no need to saute it in ghee. just mix the desiccated coconut with condensed milk and heat the mixture. if using frozen coconut, then let it come at room temperature before you begin to saute it.

sauting coconut for coconut ladoo recipe

making coconut ladoo

4. now add ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk. here i used amul mithai mate.

condensed milk for coconut ladoo recipe

5. add ½ tsp cardamom powder.

cardamom for coconut ladoo recipe

6. stir very well and cook this mixture on a low flame.

cooking coconut ladoo mixture

7. when you see that the mixture has begun to thicken, then keep stirring regularly.

stir coconut ladoo mixture

8. when the mixture begins to leave the sides of the pan and when you see some coconut fat at the sides, switch off the flame.

cooking mixture to make coconut ladoo recipe

9. pour the coconut ladoo mixture in another bowl or pan. allow it to cool.

cooked coconut ladoo mixture

10. when the mixture has cooled completely, pinch small to medium balls from the mixture and form ladoos. apply some ghee on your palms when shaping the coconut ladoo. in case the mixture is loose and you cannot make ladoo, then put it back on the pan and heat for a few more minutes.

making coconut ladoo recipe

11. roll the ladoo in desiccated coconut (nariyal ka burada) or in fresh coconut evenly.

coconut ladoo recipe with condensed milk

12. you can also make all the coconut laddu at once and then roll in the desiccated coconut.

coconut ladoo recipe with condensed milk

13. place the coconut laddu in small muffin liners or just place them in a tray.

coconut ladoo recipe

14. serve coconut ladoo straight away or refrigerate and serve them later. these coconut ladoo stays good for 4 to 5 days in the fridge. for more ladoo recipes, you can check this collection of 26 ladoo recipes.

coconut ladoos condensed milk, coconut ladoo recipe

nariyal ladoo – recipe 2

ingredients: 

  • 1.5 cups desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
  • ⅔ cup regular sugar or organic unrefined cane sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder or 3 to 4 green cardamoms (choti elaichi) – husked and powdered in a mortar-pestle (optional)

how to make nariyal ladoo

1. mix ⅔ cup sugar with ½ cup water and dissolve it with a spoon. if there are impurities than strain the sugar solution. keep the sugar solution on fire and on a low flame cook the solution.

sugar solution for coconut ladoo recipe

2. the solution will start to thicken and continue to cook till you get the one thread consistency in the sugar solution. this takes some minutes. this is a very hot solution, so when checking for one thread consistency, cool the solution in a spoon and then check.

sugar solution for making coconut ladoos recipe

3. switch off the flame and add 1.5 cups desiccated coconut powder. also add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder.

dessicated coconut to make coconut laddu recipe

4. be quick enough to stir the whole mixture well.

stir coconut ladoo mixture

5. make small balls from the mixture. you can spread some coconut oil or ghee in your palms before making these ladoo. if the heat is too much too handle, wait for a few seconds till you are comfortable making the nariyal ladoo. the mixture should be hot or warmer while making the nariyal ladoo. if the mixture becomes cold, then making the coconut ladoo is impossible. in this case, return the pan or bowl on the fire and slightly warm the mixture and continue to make the coconut ladoo. sprinkle some drops of water or milk if the mixture looks too dry.

making coconut ladoo recipe

6. make all nariyal ladoo this way.

coconut ladooo recipe

7. serve the nariyal ladoo as naivedyam or bhog to lord ganesha.

coconut ladoo recipe

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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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76 comments/reviews

  1. Hello Mam,
    The laddoos came out exactly as you have shown in the recipe and tasted good.
    Thank you so much all your recipes are simply awesome and with pictures and perfect measurements it becomes very easy to follow and make them .
    Thanks much.5 stars

  2. After my marriage i have learned all the cooking from u.. u have an ausome collection of everyday essential recipes.. the first site i search for, for all my cooking needs..thank u very much for sharing these.. and keep sharing.. lotzz of love to you..5 stars

  3. Hello mam…thx a ton for your easy and lovely recipes. Your site is the first one that I visit of I have to try something new. And the results are always impressive. Thanks a ton. God bless for the good work.5 stars

  4. Thanks so much for recipe! I had a lot of coconut left over after extracting coconut milk, and I luckily saw this recipe. My husband loved them (even though he’s not a big fan of sweets). Hope to try this again!

    • welcome shreyasi. thats a good idea to make coconut from the leftover coconut after extracting coconut milk. i usually make cookies with them. thanks for sharing the positive feedback on the coconut ladoo recipe.

  5. Love this recipe! I tried it today and the ladoos have come out perfectly round and delicious. The recipe is easy to follow and the pictures are a great guide. Thanks a lot! Happy Diwali!5 stars

  6. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe, am just waiting it to cool before shaping them and rolling in coconut ready for navrati tonight. Very easy to follow instructions.

  7. Hi..

    I guess there is some sequencing problem with the recipe(text ,not the pics).kindly rectify it.by the way,your blog is the first thing I check when i think of cooking something special..going to try these laddus today.4 stars

  8. Hello Mam,
    On the ocassion Of Vinayak Chaturthi , i tried Your Receipe of Coconut ladoo with Condensed milk.
    It Was Really Delicious!! My family & frnds really Luved it
    And
    I m really Thankful to u.5 stars

  9. fresh coconut means freshly grated sukha/dry coconut or kachcha coconut available with vegetable vendors…bit confused

  10. My mom asked me if we can find “Coconut ladoo with condensed milk” recipe on internet? I said sure I know the right place, and here it is 🙂 easy and simple to make recipe. Also, we checked out Coconut barfi with condensed milk — both we are sure going to try. Thanks, thanks a lot for sharing these recipes.

  11. Hello Dassana …

    Your website is the first page i visit when i want to make something new and i always find an unfailing recipe that everyone at home enjoys heartily…

    Please write a cookbook (compiling all the tidbits from everypost) so i can buy a 1000 copies and gift it to everyone i know as diwali presents, bday return gifts and make sure the real gem “You” gets to reach every home and spread smiles and love and make the world lot less angry with your awesome recipes 😀

    Best wishes and regards
    Manasi4 stars

    • i am touched manasi. i have tears in my eyes. thanks a million and hugs 🙂

      i do plan to make a book, but the issue is that in a book its difficult to include so many step by step photos. so i am thinking of a way around. but i do plan to publish a book. not decided ebook or hard copy, but yes one day for sure 🙂

  12. Hi….I used same method….but after keeping in fridge they became little hard not soft as I see in shops

    • preeti due to the cold atmosphere in fridge the ladoos become hard. but if you keep them outside for some time it would soften again. hope this help’s you.

  13. Dear Dassana

    I made coconut ladoos today, it was awesome. Everybody liked your recipe. Thanks a lot.5 stars

  14. Hi Dassana,

    A quick question, grating with a grater is really a pain for me and I don’t have a food processor, can I use the dry spice grinder to grind them…if yes, to what consistency ?

    Try to respond quickly bought a huge nariyal and my mouth is tired of eating nariyal now 🙁

    • deepika, nariyal takes a lot of load while grinding. if you have a good sturdy indian mixer grinder then you can use one of the grinder jar and add the small coconut pieces in it.

      • Thanks Dassana for your quick response !
        I am not in India, I have Philips blender and dry grinder… I guess Blender I can’t use but I should try with the small jar in batches…as I have made coconut chutney in it before (But the coconut was grated)… M gonna try these laddoos coming weekend…will update you how it goes 🙂
        Thanks 🙂

        • yes you can try in the small jar in batches. even when i don’t use the table top grater, i break the coconut shell and chop the white flesh in small pieces. then add them to a grinder and grind till i get grated coconut like texture. do update 🙂

    • sweta, its not the water coconut where you get to drink a lot of water. it is a mature coconut where the water amount is less (e.g. water is approx 1/4 of glass) and the white flesh is thick.

  15. I just love you recipes,started trying them.My Coconut Ladoo’s turned out to be aewsome..It’s my daughter’s favourite..She is not a sweet eater..Thanks a lot for your recipe.

  16. Since last few days, i have been trying new recipes from your website. I tried rasgullas. They looked and tasted great when cooked. However, hardened a little on refrigeration. Plus the sugar syrup didn’t seep in it seems. It wasn’t sweet inside. Can we use dry dessicated coconut available in stores to prepare ladoos in the same manner? If yes, how long will it stay fresh inside and outside the fridge? Thanks in advance.

    • either the rasgullas have hardened thats why the sugar did not seep inside or the sugar syrup got cooked too much and started turning into thread consistencies. yes you can use desiccated coconut in this recipe. usually i soak the desiccated coconut in some milk. but without this method also you can use the desiccated coconut straightaway. since its condensed milk, i would suggest to keep in the fridge. stays good for about a week in the fridge.

  17. Hi,
    Nice Recipe but might be the coconut I used is hard so tell me how to soften it as while eating ladoos i have to chew coconut a lot.

  18. Hi D,
    Tries this today but it was kinda chewy, is it supposed to be like that?
    does it make any difference if made with fresh coconut or desiccated coconut?

  19. Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipes, that you are so kind enough to share with us!
    I tried these ladoos, exactly as per your recipe, and they turned out great and that too with so much less effort.
    My best wishes to you, your family, and your blog! Please keep up the awesome blogging…love to read it!5 stars

  20. Hi,

    i must say thank u amit…..u know how difficult to impress in-laws after marriage your lovely recipes help me a lot….spl bhindi masala, coconut ladoo,paneer dishes….my husband fav. dish lauki kofta..

  21. Thanks for all your recipes, everything I try to make turns out well. Do you think I can use for this recipe aluminium or cast iron frying pan? I can see from the pix that you are using a non stick one . Thanks a lot.