So every year, the munchkin’s daycare hosts a ‘Kulturfest’, a cultural event, where the little kids, assisted by the staff, put up a show for the proud parents. The evening ends with a potluck dinner brought in by the parents.
The potluck consists of dishes from the parents’ countries, representing their culture. The munchkin’s daycare has kids from around 17 countries, so it turns out to be quite an interesting spread :D
Now, the show starts at 4 p.m. and since I work full-time, that in itself is quite a difficult timeline to adhere to. Showing up at 4 p.m. with a dish for 40 is mission impossible!
Unless you have a few tricks up your sleeve. Or super blogger buddies to inspire you…
Enter the Confused Bawarchis, Aditi and Nikhil! Aditi posted this recipe for quick Coconut Laddoos about 2 weeks before the Kulturfest. And I knew exactly what I was bringing to the potluck :)
Laddoos are traditional Indian sweets and there are quite a few varieties of laddoo, made from a variety of ingredients. The only thing common is the shape: little globes of pure bliss that either melt in your mouth or give your jaws a workout, as you chomp through some pretty fantastic combinations: nuts, flours, dry fruits, spices, rice…
These coconut laddoos are one of the easiest to make. And quick, really quick. And they are made from 5 ingredients!! How great is that!
And they taste simply wonderful! Coconutty goodness in every bite. And they are the melt-in-your-mouth variety of laddoos, so kids love them too.
If you like coconut, it will be really hard not to like these. I took about 40 of these to the potluck and they were the first to disappear off the buffet! I mean, seriously, who can resist them :D
I hope the gang at this week’s Friday Fiesta also find them irresistible. Angie’s awesome potluck is being co-hosted by Tracy @Scratch It and Stephanie @The Cozy Cook who have stayed over from last week! See you there!
Here’s the recipe (from Confused Bawarchis).
1 tablespoon Ghee
1+½ cups shredded Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut plus 2-3 tablespoons for coating the laddoos
6 tablespoons Sweetened Condensed Milk
3-4 tablespoons Whole Milk (you may use low-fat milk as well)
1 teaspoon ground Cardamom
In a non-stick pan, heat the ghee and add in 1+½ cups Coconut.
Roast this on medium heat for about a minute, stirring continuously.
Next, add in the condensed milk and milk and mix well.
Cook this for about 2 minutes until it all comes together like a dough.
If the mix seems dry, add milk in 1 teaspoon increments until you reach the desired consistency.
Then add in the cardamom, mix well and turn off the heat.
Cool the mix for about 4-5 minutes until it becomes easy to handle.
Roll into even-sized laddoos (approx. the size of limes) and coat them with the coconut that was set aside for rolling.
Serve at room temperature.