Last Sunday we had a friend from India hosting cooking class. She taught the girls (her daughter and mine) how to make Ladoo’s or sweet coconut balls. She said these were Ganesh’s favorite dessert, and so she also read a book about who Ganesh was and how he got his elephant head. While she was cooking with the girls, I took pictures on how to do the entire process, so here’s a photo-documentary on how to make this very yummy and super easy Indian dessert:
1 8 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup shredded coconut plus 1/2 cup for rolling
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 tsp ground cardamom (for happiness, as our hostess put it)
1 TBS ghee or clarified butter plus more to oil your hands
How to make them:
Next, pour the sweetened condensed milk on the pan.
Add the shredded coconut and mix well, moistening all the ingredients. Add the tsp of cardamom too.
The story we read was in this book:
The story of Ganesh is a little bloody, as it involves a kid who loses his head and needs to have an elephant’s one instead. I also have a book on this myth and is way bloodier than this particular version, where the boy’s head turns into ash instead of being beheaded. I, for one, feel that myths and fairy tales should not be sugarcoated for children, but that’s just me… Hope you enjoy the Ladoo and the story too!