These happen when all of the following grab your attention on a weekend – 1. a can of condensed milk in the fridge begging to be used 2. two coconuts lying in the pantry threatening to go bad 4. A pack of milk powder your hubby looks suspiciously at 4. an idea to use saffron strands mom gave on the phone. Devote 45 minutes to these and voila – you are happily beaming with a plateful and a mouthful of soft, creamy, delicious delights – coconut laddus!
I could not believe it can be so easy after seeing my mom slog her way to create her version all my life, which I have posted here. I was happily following it ignoring the recipe glaring at me from all corners – the cover of the condensed milk can, the 5 page recipe books that come free with most of the kitchen equipment and the entire blogosphere! Being a super believer of the saying ‘There are no shortcuts to success.’, I always assumed I won’t get the real thing unless I spend hours on it. But this one proved me wrong. Here is the recipe – too simple to be believed, unless you try it for yourself – like I did.
Coconuts – 2 big ones, fresh
Sweetened condensed milk – 1 can/ 400 gms
Milk powder – 2 tbsp
Saffron strands – 2 pinches
Milk – 2 tsp
1. Grate/ Shred the coconuts using a conventional scraper (refer this post). Or, put the pieces in a food processor/ blender and grind.
2. Put the shredded coconut, milk powder and condensed milk in a heavy bottomed wok and heat on a low flame.
3. Make sure you mix and move the contents with a ladle every few minutes, lest things stick to the bottom of the pan.
4. Meanwhile, warm the 2 tsp of milk and soak the saffron strands.
5. After 20 minutes or so, the mixture in the wok should come along and start to dry up – no liquid oozing out.
6. Switch of the gas and let the mixture cool. I moved it to a bowl and put it in the fridge for 15 minutes.
7. Pull out the mixture and make laddus of desired size. Place a saffron stand of the top of each laddu.
8. Store these in the fridge and pop one in your mouth everytime you open the fridge – that is the shortcut to finish these off in a day!
( Did you notice these need no ghee and no sugar!)