Everyone has something or the other that never fails to remind them of their childhood. For me it has to be khoye ki barfi and coconut laddu. I spent my childhood in a small town of Madhya Pradesh and my grandmother was a few hours away from us. Everytime we would go visit my grandmother, my mom would make either homemade khoya and fresh barfi out of them or she would make these awesome coconut laddus. I still taste them just talking about them.
A day before we were supposed to leave my mom would spend hours grating coconuts and then make the laddus. Of course by the time we would get there, grandma's share would be nearly gone. Every time I make them I end up talking with my mom as if for assurance if nothing else. I have to tell you that its one of the simplest recipes. But I still have moments where I feel I am not hitting the right tones. You may be off by bit but you can never go wrong with it! So here it is ... my mom's coconut laddu recipe.
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup sugar
My mom used to grate fresh coconut without peeling the dark skin off but I just used the store bought shredded coconut. You can go with either of them according to the convinience. Then I just heat a thick bottom pan and throw in shredded coconut. Keep stirring the coconut till it gets hot. Once its hot you'll notice that it starts to lose oil and you know that its time to add sugar.
Heat will melt sugar and mix it to the coconut making it sticky. When that happens, you know that its time to turn off the heat and let it cool a little.
Crush the cardamom seeds and mix them into the mixture.
Wet your hands, take about 1 tablespoon of the coconut mixture in the hand and make balls out of it. Total mixture should make about 8-10 laddus.