Coconut Jaggery Ladoo

I had prepared these ladoos after the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi was over. I perform the coconut pooja (called Vaina Pooja in Konkani ) and I had plenty of coconuts. Lots of coconuts means lots of coconut based dishes. Being a Konkani I am not complaining! Traditionally a sweet dish is prepared from the first coconut (meant for  pooja) that is broken and then offered to God. 

My mom used to make these in the form of burfis. The procedure for making the mixture remains the same, however instead of making the balls, you roll them on a greased plate and then cut them in the shape of barfis. 

Made with minimal ingredients, these ladoos are an absolute delight. The jaggery cooked with coconut gives it the sweet taste with nice texture and the toasted sesame seeds add the right amount of crunch.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded coconut (fresh/frozen)
  • 1.5 cups jiggery (powdered)
  • ¼  tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp ghee

Method: 

  • In a small pan toast the sesame seeds on a low flame until toasted. Keep aside.
  • Heat a heavy bottom flat pan (preferable non-stick) on low flame. Add the shredded coconut, powdered jaggery and gently stir it for about a minute. Be very careful as it gets burnt very fast.
  • After a while the jaggery starts melting giving enough moisture.  Keep stirring making sure that the coconut mixture does not get stuck to the bottom.
  • It takes about 17-20 minutes to incorporate, for the liquid to dry and thicken up. Add the sesame seeds, cardamom powder, ghee at this stage and mix well.
  • Note: Do not stir this for a long time as it becomes hard after cooling.
  • The mixture also thickens up after it is cooled. After it has slightly cooled grease your hands and get ready to make the balls.
  • Take small lemon sized piece and roll into balls pressing tightly as you go along. Continue with the remaining mixture.
  •  This makes about 18-25 medium sized laddoos. Store in air tight container. 

Ganesh Chathurthi /Vinayaka Chavthi Sweets Recipes

Ganesh Chathurthi is one of our well loved festivals. We perform this festival every year religiously starting with Mangala Gauri and then the Ganapathi festival itself.

I have compiled some recipes of sweets from my blog here. People from different regions follow their own custom and have their own traditional sweets. These recipes are based on Konkani cusine in Karnataka and I hope you enjoy them.

Wishing you all a happy and blessed Vinayaka Chathurthi.

Sweet Kadubu/ Konkani Patoli/ Sweet Dumpling

Sweet Poha/ Goda Pohvu

Hayagreeva (chana daal jaggery dessert)

Banana Sooji Halwa/ Sheera

Kadlebele Payasa/ Madgane

Bottle Gourd Kheer

Chana Daal Vermicelli Payasam

No Bake Energy Balls

When I stumbled onto the No Bake healthy energy balls, I knew I had to try them. There are many reasons why I love this simple yet healthy recipe. For starters, there is no baking, microwaving, or any stove top cooking involved; it is as easy as mixing up the ingredients and transferring them to the refrigerator. And then it uses up all natural ingredients and there is no sugar, butter or oil involved. It is all healthy ingredients rolled into the goodness of a ball.

 I had a big stash of flaxseeds and ground flax seeds meal in my pantry waiting to be used and this was a good way for using it up. I personally loved the addition of toasted coconut in this, but not so much with the chocolate chips. The next time I make this, I will surely substitute the chocolate chips with toasted walnuts or pecans. 

Below the recipe instructions you will see some substitution ideas and you can use your creativity and add your own favorite ingredients. 

These taste like store bought energy bars and oh so delicious. Be forewarned that these balls are highly addictive. :-)

Recipe Adapted from: No bake energy bites 

Makes: About 15-18 medium balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes (toasted)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed/ flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional) [I would prefer toasted walnuts or pecans]
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:

  • Place the oats in a plate and lightly toast the oats in a microwave for about a minute. (This is optional as the original recipe did not call for this). Set aside.
  • Place the coconut flakes in a plate and toast it in the microwave. (Pay attention as it brown pretty fast).
  • Now gather all the measured ingredients and put them one by one in a big bowl.

  • Stir it carefully until it is completely mixed. Cover with lid.
  • Place it in the refrigerator and let it chill for the next 30-40 minutes.
  • After it is chilled, take out handful of the mixture and roll them out in shape of balls, pressing tightly in between.
  • Store them refrigerated in air tight container.

Substitution Ideas:

  • Substitute quick cooking oats instead of the old fashioned oats.
  • Add almond butter instead of peanut butter. Skip the coconut if needed.
  • Add chopped dried fruit like cranberries, apricots, raisins, etc.
  • Add chopped toasted pecans, walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds