Story/History of recipe
Kobbari Laddu is a traditional sweet of Andhra Pradesh. Kobbari in Telugu means coconut and Kobbari laddu/undalu is prepared by rolling laddus of freshly grated coconut and melted jaggery mixture. As most Indian and Hindu cultures include fresh coconuts in many events and auspicious occasions people say that utilizing all these coconuts later by preparing delicious Kobbari laddu is a great way to consume and share with your loved ones. It is a simple homemade sweet that can be prepared for any festivals like Diwali and Ganesh Chaturti.
Recipe Ingredients, Preparation Steps and Occasions Served
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- Heat a pan with a teaspoon of ghee and add two cups of grated coconut.
- Saute the contents for a couple of minutes and switch off the flame. Keep this aside.
- In a saucepan, add a cup of jaggery and a quarter cup of water.
- Let the jaggery melt, transfer this jaggery syrup to a fresh non-stick pan using a filter to remove the impurities.
- Add a quarter teaspoon of cardamom powder and mix well.
- Keep stirring until it reaches the one string consistency.
- When it attains the required consistency add the two cups of grated coconut and mix well.
- Add a teaspoon of ghee if preferred and continue to saute.
- When it is mixed well and looks non-sticky, take a small pinch of the content and try rolling it into a small ball if it can be rolled and has a soft texture then switch off the flame.
- Let it cool down and when it is warm enough to touch start preparing the Kobbari Laddu.
- Grease your palm with ghee and start rolling the contents tightly into balls as preferred.
- Repeat the same process for the entire batch, let the prepared laddus rest for a couple of minutes and it is ready to eat.
- Kobbari laddu can be stored in an airtight container and can stay fresh for 3-5 days if refrigerated.
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- Energy - 119 cal
- Protein - 1g - 2%
- Carbohydrates - 17g - 6%
- Fiber - 1g - 4%
- Fat - 5g - 8%
- Cholesterol - 3mg - 1%
- Vitamin C - 0.4mg - 0%
- Calcium - 7mg - 1%
- Iron - 2mg - 12%
- Potassium - 110mg - 2%
- Sodium - 1mg - 0%
- Coconut contains saturated fats that are accumulated to produce energy.
- They are rich in fiber and help improve the digestive system and heart health.
- Antioxidants in coconut can improve the immune system and reduce the risk of inflammation.
- Jaggery contains nutrients that will help improve and maintain the immune system.
- It also contains minerals that help in increasing hemoglobin and maintain blood pressure.
- As it is rich in iron it can help prevent fatigue and anemia.
- It helps improve the digestive system and prevent constipation.
- Ghee helps absorb nutrients and can improve the immune system as it contains antioxidants. It can also relieve digestion issues.
- September 2nd is celebrated as World Coconut Day.
- Coconuts are produced worldwide and their largest producers include Indonesia, the Philippines and India.
- The coconut tree is a great resource as they provide a lot of essentials like food, fuel, medicines, cosmetics and more. It is also referred to as the ‘Tree of Life’ in a few countries.
- Portuguese sailors first named coconut as ‘Coco’ which means hobgoblin as the three dots on coconut made it look like a spooky face.
- Coconut is the national fruit of The Maldives.
- It is said that coconut water was used to cure dehydration during World War 2.
- Smoke from burning coconut husk acts as a natural and harmless mosquito repellent.
Suggested consumable by age groups
- A significant quantity of one to two Kobbari laddu can be consumed by all age groups.
Good times to eat:
- It is perfect as an evening snack or as a dessert.
Eat along with:
- It can be eaten as it is or alongside any Indian snacks.
When not to eat or eat more often:
- Diabetic patients should avoid consuming
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