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Carrot Ladoo | Healthy Ladoo made with Nuts & Dates

Carrot Ladoo – a healthy spin to the traditional gajar ka halwa. These carrot ladoo are made with grated carrot, coconut, nuts, dates and little ghee.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 12 ladoo
Author: Madhavi

Ingredients

  • 3 cups tightly packed grated carrot
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup desiccated coconut
  • ¼ cup cashew
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 15 soft dates or add to taste
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 4 cardamom pods, finely crushed
  • few cashew pieces for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Grate the carrot using the larger side of the grater. Measure and 3 cups (tightly packed ) and set a side.
  • Heat a large kadai (pan) and add the ghee. Once the ghee melts add the carrot and roast them in ghee for five minutes.
  • Now add the milk, give a mix and cook covered for 15 minutes. Mix it often to avoid burnt bottom.  
  • While the carrot is cooking grind the dates, cashew and almonds to a powder. It doesn’t have to be completely powdered, having few large pieces of nuts is ok.
  • Cook till the carrot becomes soft and mushy. You can taste the carrot to see if it cooked well.
  • Now add the desiccated coconut and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the ground nuts and date mixture and cook on low fame for 10 minutes.
  • Finally add the crushed cardamom and few chopped cashew (optional).
  • Turn off the stove and transfer the mixture to a plate and spread it. Let it cool completely. Make medium sized round balls and coat them with desiccated coconut.

Notes

The amount of dates needed also depends on how sweet the carrot is.
After cooking if you feel the mixture is not sweet enough, you can add some sugar and cook till it melts completely.