Starting my day with a smile and a sweet!
Laddus are often prepared on festivals or on weddings in the households of India. These sweets are round balls, shaped in between the palms of your hand varies in different sizes, also given as prasadham in temples. Today, i thought i would start the celebration of the upcoming "Diwali' festival by preparing this laddu with spongy paneer coated with juicy rose-flavored coconut. Got to say this, it tasted out of this world. I have to thank Madhavi from Vegetarian Medley for this wonderful recipe. I never knew we could eat paneer raw, until i checked her post. My hands smelt so good after playing with paneer and rose water. It was really easy and fun making these laddus. Here goes the recipe,
7oz Paneer (grated) (store bought)
1/2 cup Coconut (grated)
2tbsp Powdered Sugar
1 tbsp Rose Water
2 1/4tsp Milk
1/2tsp Cardamom extract
10 raw Almonds
1 pinch Saffron
1 pinch Salt
- Dry roast the almonds and keep aside. (If you have roasted almonds handy, you can use that.) Also chop 3-4 almonds.
- Dissolve saffron in the milk and keep aside.
- In a bowl, mix together the paneer, powdered sugar, 1/2tbsp rose water, cardamom extract, salt and chopped almonds.
- Make smooth balls out of it and keep aside.
- Heat a small skillet at low heat, add coconut, sugar and the remaining 1/2tbsp rose water and cook for 12 mins, stirring once or twice.
- Pour the saffron-milk into the skillet, mix well and switch off. Let it cool.
- Now roll the paneer balls and coat'em with the coconut mixture, top it with almonds and refrigerate'em for an hour.
- Serve cold and relish.