coconut & rose ladoo truffles

Easily melt in the mouth. Delicately flavoured. An almost sinful feeling of indulgence.


When I made this recipe, I considered what I was making to be ladoos: a sweet Indian dessert usually made with gram flour and sugars which is heated and moulded into a little round ball shape. Well, I thought I was being really innovative and inventive to have made such a decadent ladoo with so few ingredients – in-fact, you only need 5 for the full recipe but it feels like a lot less.

I think this has been hands down the most popular dessert I’ve ever made.

However, while my family were eagerly squabbling for the treats, I was thinking that I don’t really think ladoo is the right word for them. English people would probably better describe them as truffles, and the rich evocative association that comes with that word. Energy bites would be a good title for them as well, since they are un-baked, although not quite raw, and full of coconut goodness. We even came up with a joking name “cocoruffles” which seemed to fit, but I can’t see that catching on …

They are so beautiful and colourful they are almost too good to eat. Here is something that can easily impress with it’s uniqueness and yet is so easy and quick to cook and present.

Coconut, Rose and Cardamon flavoured ladoo truffles

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Sweet and velvety, a very special dessert that can be made by anyone


  • 45g desiccated coconut and a little extra for dusting.
  • Full fat milk – I am guilty of not measuring this so please add in small doses until the coconut sticks together.
  • 2 tsp butter or plain innocuous oil
  • 1/2 tsp rose water
  • 2 cardamon pods, shelled and crushed very fine
  • Tiniest dash of red food colouring (Optional. If you have a pink coloured rose syrup, you can substitute this for the rose water, and not add the food colouring).


  1. In a saucepan, heat the butter or oil. On a very low heat add the desiccated (shredded) coconut and stir frequently until it turns ever so slightly pink-brown.
  2. Add the milk and stir on medium flame until it has evaporated completely and bound the coconut together. Turn off the heat.
  3. Now add rose water and food colouring or rose syrup, and prepared crushed cardamon.
  4. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, using your hands, shape and roll the mixture together into about 6 medium sized balls (or however many you have adjusted the recipe to yield). If you would like to minimise the mess, apply oil to your hands beforehand so the mixture doesn’t stick.
  5. Sprinkle some desiccated coconut on a clean surface and roll the balls onto it, so they pick up the pieces. Leave to cool/refrigerate, and serve.

Note: Can be stored for about 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.


When I remembered I owned these gorgeous little plates decorated with pink rose motifs, the opportunity just couldn’t be passed up …


17 Comments Add yours

  1. You are a great cook. Your recipe looks delicious. 👌😃

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    1. Thank you very much! They got eaten very quickly ..

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      1. Pleasure is mine. 😃


  2. Oh I love this coconut truffles! I am a big fan of Rose flavor! It looks amazing and I know it tastes amazing too. Coconut and Rose -,what an awesome combination.! Thanks for sharing this recipe! 😀

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    1. I love florals flavours – they’re so delicate and especially good for desserts 😍. Thank you for the compliments!

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    1. Thank you. Please give it a go. 😊


  3. It is so refreshing to see a different type of truffle instead of a chocolate truffle. Really nice work (:

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    1. Wow, thank you Nick. What a compliment coming from a man running a food blog like yours. 🙂
      They are so good. If you have the ingredients laying around please try them one day – you won’t be disappointed.

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  4. Sumith says:

    Wow great food with amazing captures!!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 Have you ever had rose & coconut ladoos before?

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      1. Sumith says:

        Never! Would like to try this. Thanks a lot and your photography skulls are amazing!!

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  5. These truffles look gorgeous! I love the coconut flavour and the colour is amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much Agness. They taste every bit as good as they look. I’m not a massive fan of coconut but absolutely devoured these!


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