Coconut Ladoo in Microwave | Nariyal Ladoo | Coconut Fudge

Easy Coconut Ladoo on a white plate

Quick and easy, 10-minute recipe for Coconut Ladoo using condensed milk and desiccated coconut.  Try it and enjoy this traditional Indian sweet on a busy day too!

Coconut Ladoo or Nariyal Ladoo/Laddu is an traditional Indian fudge-like sweet that is made with dried coconut flakes, condensed or dried milk and sugar.

All the ingredients are mixed over medium heat and whisked till a soft dough is formed.  Ghee is added to add flavor and help roll the dough into spherical balls called Ladoo or Laddu.

The consistency of the Coconut Ladoo is like fudge- it’s soft, chewy and melts in your mouth.

Classic Festival Dessert

Coconut Ladoo or Nariyal Ladoo (coconut fudge) served on a red tray.

Growing up we always had an assortment of Indian sweets around festivities, especially Diwali.  Mom would make some and we would buy some from a local sweet shop.

My favorite sweet was always the Nariyal Burfi, which is like a coconut fudge bar.  This Coconut Bar or Burfi used to be pink in color.  I’m not sure if they added any natural ingredient or used food colors, but it looked so tempting and pretty.

Fast forward a few years, I was in California celebrating Diwali on campus with my husband.  With limited means and access to Indian sweets, I looked through my mother-in-law’s old recipe book, which she had lovingly given to her son, and I found this recipe.  Apparently, she used to make this dessert when unexpected guests showed for up for dinner:-)

This delectable dessert is made with pantry ingredients and can be done in no time.  She made this dough on the stove-top by stirring everything together on medium heat for about 10-15 minutes till a soft dough is formed, cooled the mix and rolled the dough into Ladoos.

Coconut Ladoo (coconut fudge) on a white plate, with an Indian woven placemat

Easy & Fast Coconut Ladoos using the Microwave

My mother-in-law’s recipe required continuous stirring for the 10-15 minutes.  I wanted to minimize that, so I tried her recipe in the microwave.

You won’t believe my luck!  I burnt the first batch, over-dried the second batch, and then realized that the microwave heating dries out the coconut mix too early, so, added a little milk to the third batch and that came out perfect 🙂

Then, I rolled the ladoos and coated them with desiccated coconut.  It looked like coconut fudge covered in snow flakes and tasted DIVINE!

Dough for Coconut Ladoo (coconut fudge) made pink by adding pink gel food colors

As a fun activity for kids, you can add a few drops of baking food color and makes these coconut ladoos colorful too.

Take a look at the picture. I added 2 drops of Wilton Pink Gel Food color to the dough and look how pretty it turned out. I think I was more excited to do this than my kids:-)

Great For Making Ahead and Potlucks

This recipe is great for potlucks and parties because:

  It can be made ahead and stored

 10-minute recipe

✓ Vegetarian, Gluten-Free & Nut-Free

✓ Can be made Vegan & Dairy-Free with easy substitutes

✓ Tastes DELICIOUS!

Whenever I am hosting friends for an Indian festival, I make this recipe a couple of days ahead and it they taste amazing.  Its a bite-size portion ladoo, so makes for easy finger-food, no extra utensils needed to eat this.

This is a great dessert to take for a potluck too.  This recipe for Coconut Ladoo is vegetarian, gluten-free, nut-free.  To make this vegan and dairy-free, substitute the ghee with vegetable or coconut oil and milk with coconut milk or almond milk.

How to Make Coconut Ladoos On the Stove

The same recipe can be made on the stove-top, in a heavy bottom pan.

 Heat the pan on medium heat.  Add desiccated coconut and saute  it for 30 seconds, stirring continuously.  This helps the dried coconut become moist and release it’s flavor.

 Now add condensed milk and ghee to the coconut and mix well.  Skip the milk.  Keep stirring it every 2 minutes so that the mix doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn.

 Stir till the liquid starts drying and the mix reaches a soft dough-like consistency. Keep a close eye on your mix starting at the 10 minute mark.  It can take between 12-15 minutes, depending on your stove heat level and quantity.

 Add cardamom powder and mix well.

 Take a small portion of the dough in your hands and roll it in a circular motion between your palms to form a soft ball.  Watch the video for clarity on this step.

 Coat the ladoos in the remaining desiccated coconut. Your coconut ladoos are ready!

Making Coconut Ladoos in your Instant Pot

There is no pressure cooking needed for this recipe, but you can even use the SAUTE feature of your Instant Pot and make these.

Turn on your Instant Pot in Saute mode (normal/medium).  Add desiccated coconut and saute  it for 30 seconds, stirring continuously.  This helps the dried coconut become moist and release it’s flavor.

 Now add condensed milk and ghee to the coconut and mix well.  Keep stirring it every 2 minutes so that the mix doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn.

 Keep stirring till the liquid starts drying and the mix reaches a soft dough-like consistency. Keep a close eye on your mix starting at the 10 minute mark.  It can take between 12-15 minutes, depending on your stove heat level and quantity.

 Add cardamom powder and mix well.

 Take a small portion of the dough in your hands and roll it in a circular motion between your palms to form a soft ball.  Watch the video for clarity on this step.

 Coat the ladoos in the remaining desiccated coconut. Your coconut ladoos are ready!

More Indian Desserts to Enjoy

Here are some other Indian desserts that I love to make and my family really enjoys.


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Easy Coconut Ladoo on a white plate
10-Minute Coconut Ladoo | Coconut Fudge
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Coconut Ladoo or Nariyal Ladoo (Laddu) is an Indian sweet that is made with dried coconut flakes, condensed or dried milk and sugar.   This quick 10-minute recipe requires no baby-sitting and stirring, by using the microwave and a simple hack to keep the ladoos soft and fudgy.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 20 ladoos
Calories: 62 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, take desiccated coconut and heat it for 1 minute, taking it out at 30 seconds and stirring it. This helps the dried coconut become moist and release it's flavor.
  2. Add milk, condensed milk and ghee to the coconut and mix well. Pop it back in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, taking it out EVERY 30 seconds and stirring it well. Since microwave temperatures vary, keep an eye on your mix starting at the 2 minute mark. The coconut mix is done when it forms a soft dough. It takes me 3 minutes to accomplish that texture.
  3. Add cardamom powder and mix well. Take a small portion of the dough in your hands and roll it in a circular motion between your palms to form a soft ball. See the video for clarity on this step. Coat the ladoos in the remaining desiccated coconut. Your coconut ladoos are ready!
Fun Variation:
  1. Add 2 drops of your choice of gel food color to the dough before forming the ladoos. I added 2 drops of Wilson Pink Gel color to get Pink Coconut ladoos
    Dough for coconut ladoo made pink by adding food color

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
10-Minute Coconut Ladoo | Coconut Fudge
Amount Per Serving (1 ladoo)
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Potassium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 4g
Vitamin A 0.4%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 0.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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