The birth of Lord Rama remains a major celebration in all Hindu households and falls on the ninth day of the Chaitra month (March-April) of the Hindu lunar calendar. The seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, born to King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya of Ayodhya, Lord Rama is described as the Maryada Purushottama/the perfect man in the epic, Ramayana. His words and actions portray the epitome of righteousness which has been followed for generations and remain to guide many more in future.



1 large coconut, husk removed

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder


  • Remove the skin from the coconut and grate finely using a box grater. Place on a baking sheet.

  • Toast coconut at 75oC until the moisture has evaporated. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

  • Set aside 1/2 cup for the final step. Add condensed milk and cardamom to remaining coconut.

  • Knead mixture lightly to form a soft dough and shape ping-pong sized balls out of the dough.

  • Roll the balls in the remaining coconut and space them apart on a lightly greased baking sheet.

  • Bake laddoos at 75oC for 30 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and cool completely.

  • Store baked laddoos in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Makes about 20 coconut laddoos.

Coconut Laddoos