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Coconut Ladoo

Coconut Ladoo

Coconut ladoo

Coconut ladoos are a rich, sweet dessert-snack. This is made for many festive occasions. Coconut laddoo is a very simple and easy recipe to make. These are made with few ingredients. Traditionally in Indian households ladoos are served as fudge candies.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 people


  • 1-1/4 cup coconut freshly grated or frozen
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder


  • Boil the milk and coconut in heavy bottom pan over medium high heat (I am using heavy non stick pan), do stir occasionally.
  • After milk comes to boil reduce the heat to medium and cook for 25-30 minutes, until all the moisture is absorbed and coconut is thick and creamy consistency.
  • Add sugar and cardamom to the coconut and cook for 7-8 minutes stir continuously, until all the moisture is absorbed. Coconut mix will be thick and crumbly in consistency. Turn off the heat.
  • Spread the coconut mix on the plate and let it cool of to the room temperature.
  • To make the ladoos, take about 2 tablespoons of coconut mixture into your palm. Gently press to form a smooth, round ball. Adjust the size of ladoo as you prefer


Ladoos are ready to be served; you can refrigerate them for about two weeks.
Keyword Coconut Candy, Holiday Gift, Kid Friendly, Sweet Snack
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39 thoughts on “Coconut Ladoo

  1. Hi Manjula

    I tried making cocunut ladoos last night but couldn’t form the balls. Any ideas what I should do? My mixture is ready but i can see it’s not too powdery as I grated fresh cocunuts. pls help.

  2. Dear Manjula,
    I did this delicious recipe twice, once with a mix of cow milk and coconut milk (because I didn’t have enough milk at the moment) and yesterday with coconut milk only for a lactose-intolerant friend. They were both delicious, though I prefer the milk version because of taste and one problem I had with coconut milk: near the end it released coconut oil, lots of it, so I sieved most of it away to form the ladoos. It was still good though.

  3. Hello Manjula Aunty, thanks for your recipe.. I have made ladoos using your recipe many times and it turned out perfect every single time… This time when I made it, I got stuck and couldn’t form balls when mixture was warm.. Now balls are not getting formed and it’s become crumbly.. Should I warm the mixture again.. Please help.. I wanted to use this ladoo for diwali Pooja tonight..

    Thanks in advance for help.. Please if anyone else also knows.. Do help pls…

  4. I tried to make it today but it didn’t worked for me. was it because i used boiled milk and did not boiled the milk with the coconut as the recepi says? Everything went well but that creamy texture didn’t came about.i cooked till the milk was absorbed then i baked it in OTG. its still inside the oven i hope it turns out great.

  5. Delicious coconut ladoos! I made 3 batches yesterday, took two batches to work and kept one at home. You make the desserts so easy!! Thank you for this recipe!

  6. Can coconut milk be used in making the coconut ladoos because of allergies instead of regular dairy milk?
    I absolutely love your site and I’m learning a new to us, way of cooking and enjoying food. Thank you so very much for your wonderful recipes and very instructive videos.

  7. This is the simplest recipe I have seen. Tried it and made delicious laddoos. All your recipes are simple to make yet delicious. Thanks a ton for making cooking so easy 🙂 And I love your sweet and loving nature.

  8. Dear Manjulaji,

    Thanks so much for your wonderful recipies. They are very easy to make and well explained. Most of the times, they need the least ingredients and I do not have to go shopping to make something spontaneously. The coconut laddoo is one such recipie. Thanks once again for wonderful, delicious and easy recpies. It makes cooking fun.
    Regards, Mauli

    1. Neena yes u can….just don’t add sugar…yummy n no heating required….just in a big bowl, add condensed milk can n desiccated coconut n just mix using hands….roll them in more coconut powder n u r good to go

  9. Thanks Manjulaji for presenting the wonderful recipe. I made the ladoo for Lakshmi puja ceremony. Everyone in family praised it. I used whole milk instead of 2% milk.

  10. Thank you for replying!!
    The ladoo’s turned out extremely good and everyone loved them.
    Thank you very much for sharing your recipes.
    Very happy 😀

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