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Quick version of Traditional Nariyal Ladoo

Coconut Cardamom Truffles

Just four ingredients and a simple recipe and you can make these so addictive coconut treats. In my home, Coconut Truffles are made and vanish so quickly that I never get chance to devour them next day. I learnt this recipe from my grandmother. She calls it Nariyal (Coconut) Ladoo (Truffle). She always make truffles with fresh milk - after cooking milk with sugar low and slow for long time to make it condensed and then adding coconut to make these mouthwatering treats.

Indian Nariyal Ladoo, made the easy way!

I however, prefer a quick approach of using canned condensed milk for quicker version. Kids are especially fond of these truffles, so if you have kids – young or old alike then you have to try this recipe.

I call these Truffles my 4C dessert recipe. Easy to remember, it has C- Condensed Milk, C-Coconut Extract, C- Coconut Shredded, C-Cardamom. Try it and Love it.

Coconut Truffles make excellent gift for Diwali, Christmas or Thanksgiving, I recommend folding individual truffles in small sheets of parchment paper with bright colored ribbons and then packaging in individual cookie pouches or cookie gift boxes for gift.

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Coconut Cardamom Truffles

Coconut Cardamom Truffles
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Difficulty Easy Yields 8 Ladoos or Truffles Serves 4


  • 1/2 Cup Sweet Condensed Milk  
  • 1/4 tsp Coconut Extract  (optional)
  • 1 tsp Cardamom  (use cardamon powder)
  • 1 Cup Coconut  (dried, shredded coconut, plus extra for coating ladoos)


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  • 1. If using whole dried coconut, then grind coconut to make fine shred. or you can use a grater to fine setting to yield a cup of grated coconut.
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    2. In a small saucepan, add condensed milk, start the stove at low heat, add coconut extract, cardamom powder and 1 cup shredded coconut.
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    3. Cook low and slow and keep stirring so that it does not burn for about 4 minutes.
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    4. In about 4 minutes milk and coconut mixture will leave sides of pan. Remove pan from heat. Let cool enough so that it is easy to handle.
    Additional Notes
    You can always wear food handling grade gloves before rolling truffles for your safety.
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    5. Spread 3 tbsp. of shredded coconut in a plate. Use a spoon to scoop equal portions of milk and coconut mixture and roll it with your palms and then roll it in shredded coconut to coat evenly. Set aside on a parchment lined sheet until it cools completely.
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    6. Store in an air tight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I always love eating Coconut Truffles at room temperature with a cup of hot tea or just like that after a spicy meal.
Savita's Notes:
I call these Truffles my 4C dessert recipe. Easy to remember, it has C- Condensed Milk, C-Coconut Extract, C- Coconut Shredded, C-Cardamom. Try it and Love it.

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3 comment(s)

  1. thank you!
  2. Do you think vanilla extract would be a yummy substitute for the coconut extract? Or do you think it would ruin the simplicity of the coconut cardamom flavor?

    Hi Elizabeth, I think vanilla is not needed in this recipe. Like you said, it will overpower the delicate flavor of cardamom. I would just skip coconut extract. I hope it helps.