Decadent Rose-Flavored Coconut Ladoos
Rose Kissed Coconut Ladoo Balls
As children, the simple ringing bell of the local sweet vendor often sent us barreling out the door. Among his colorful array of sweets, one enamoring delight always stood out – the Rose Coconut Ladoo. These exquisitely crafted sweet orbs, a blissful union of the rich, tropical flavor of coconut and the evocative fragrance of rose, held a special place in our hearts. Literally, a delightful sphere of flavor-packed nostalgia.
Fast forward to today, and the savoring of these delicate treats still feels like an olfactory joyride!
Each bite of our Rose Coconut Ladoo unveils the richness of carefully chosen ingredients, offering an exciting sensory experience that transcends the ordinary.
Get ready for an indulgent pleasure that tells a beautiful story of tradition, flavor, and nostalgia.
What exactly is a Ladoo?
A ladoo (also spelled laddu or laddoo) is a popular sweet treat found across the various regions of India. It’s essentially a small, round ball of sweetness.
They can be made with a wide range of ingredients, including various types of flour (like gram or semolina), lentils, nuts, dried fruit, spices (such as cardamom or saffron), and even aromatic substances like rose water.
Ladoos are traditionally served at festivals, family events, and significant life events like weddings and births, but they also make delicious everyday snacks.
In essence, the ladoo is more than just a sweet – it is a versatile and beloved part of Indian culinary culture that connects generations and symbolizes celebration and joy.
In this recipe, savor the enticing fusion of fragrant rose and tropical coconut in these delightfully delicious Coconut Rose Ladoos! Let’s begin.
Ingredients At A Glance
Desiccated coconut – Desiccated coconut is the dried form of coconut meat, which has been shredded or flaked to remove as much moisture as possible, resulting in a product used widely in cooking and baking for its dry, powdery, and flaky texture.
Sweetened condensed milk – Regular or sweetened condensed coconut milk for the vegan option.
Rose extract – You will need rose extract or rose essence for this recipe;
Red gel food color – A few drops for that cute pink color!
How To Make Rose Coconut Ladoo
Gather your ingredients: 2 cups of desiccated coconut, sweetened condensed milk, rose extract, red gel food color, and an additional ¼ cup of desiccated coconut for coating. In a large mixing bowl, combine the 2 cups of desiccated coconut with the sweetened condensed milk.
Add the rose extract and red gel food color to the coconut mixture. Mix everything together until the mixture forms a rosy pink dough.
Roll the prepared dough into balls the size of a lime.
Spread out ¼ cup of desiccated coconut on a flat plate. Gently roll these ladoos in the desiccated coconut on the plate to coat them evenly. Place the prepared ladoos into the fridge for some time to firm up before relishing.
Pro tips for making perfect Rose Coconut Ladoos
Quality ingredients: Use high-quality desiccated coconut, rose extract, and food color for better taste and appearance.
Consistency check: While combining the desiccated coconut and sweetened condensed milk, ensure the mixture forms a thick dough that holds its shape when rolled into balls
Food color adjustment: If you prefer a more natural pink hue, start with just a few drops of red gel food color and adjust until you achieve the desired shade.
Rose water alternative: If you don’t have rose extract, you can use rose water instead, though the flavor may be milder.
Ghee or oil: To prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands, lightly grease your palms with ghee or a neutral oil if you’re a vegan, before rolling the ladoos.
Size consistency: Use a measuring spoon or a small ice cream scoop to ensure evenly-sized ladoos.
Chilling time: Make sure to chill the ladoos for at least 30 minutes or until firm before serving. This helps them set properly and makes them easier to consume.
Storage: Store the ladoos in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Keep these pro tips in mind, and you’ll have delicious and perfectly textured Rose Coconut Ladoos every time!Print