Paan Coconut Ladoo

4.86 from 21 votes

Instant Paan Coconut Ladoo, filled with gulkand is an easy Indian sweet for Diwali! You need only 15 minutes to make these!

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Instant Paan Coconut Ladoo filled with gulkand – a special little treat to enjoy this Diwali!

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I am so excited to be finally be able to share some Diwali recipes with you guys. Yes! My favorite festival and most definitely my favorite time of the year. This year Diwali falls on 30th October, quite early actually. But for me literally Diwali festivities started in July/August! As you guys know, I had to work way in advance because of mom’s treatment this year [and that’s so unlike me, I mean I have always said – I am not a planner, I suck at these things! but this time, I had no choice.] So anyway I was making Diwali sweets in like July and there was one person who was very happy about this. Yes you guessed it was my husband! He would come back home and get to eat these sweets everyday and too in July. And then he would say seriously there are way too many perks of being a husband of a food blogger, one of them being that you get to eat Diwali sweets 3 months in advance! I think I agree with him! ?

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These Paan Coconut Ladoo are my absolute favorite. Super easy to make and taste delicious. For those who don’t know paan is the hindi name for betel leaves. In India people fill these leaves with tobacco and eat it but there’s also another use – it has a very refreshing taste so it’s often used with few other things like rose petal preserve, fennel seeds to make what is called “meetha paan”  or sweet paan. It’s eaten as a mouth freshener after meals. I absolutely love meetha paan and have shared 2 recipes before using the same flavors. In these Paan Coconut Ladoo, I have combined the flavors of meetha paan and coconut and they turned out absolutely amazing.

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Coconut ladoo using condensed milk are the easiest Diwali sweet that you can make. I have a recipe for this 2 ingredient coconut ladoo on my blog but this year I wanted to do something special with coconut ladoo and adding paan flavor seemed like a great idea. We make them in the same way as instant coconut ladoo but we grind some paan leaves with the condensed milk before adding it to the pan with the desiccated coconut. Also these coconut ladoos are filled with gulkand (rose petal preserve) which makes them really flavorful. You can also add some chopped nuts too in the center. Just chop them fine and mix with the gulkand and stuff the ladoos with the mixture.

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I hope you guys enjoy these easy Paan Coconut Ladoo on Diwali this year and it finds a place on your Diwali menu! I will be sharing more Diwali recipes in the coming weeks, so watch this space!

 

Method

To a food processor, add chopped paan leaves and condensed milk.

Pulse till well both are well combined. Set aside.

Heat ghee in a pan on medium heat.

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Once ghee is hot, add desiccated coconut and roast for 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat.

Add the condensed milk – paan mixture  and stir to combine. You may add few drops of green food color at this point.

Cook for another 2 minutes on low heat, mixture will thicken. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down a bit.
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Grease your hands with little ghee, take small portion from the coconut mixture, flatten it and add 1/2-1 teaspoon of gulkand in the center.

Bring the edges together and roll to form a ladoo.

Roll the prepared ladoo in desiccated coconut. Repeat the same process with the remaining ladoos.

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Store these Paan Coconut Ladoo in the refrigerator and enjoy!

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* Using green food color is optional.

* You can also add chopped nuts with gulkand in the filling.

Paan Coconut Ladoo

4.86 from 21 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 ladoo
Instant Paan Coconut Ladoo, filled with gulkand is an easy Indian sweet for Diwali! You need only 15 minutes to make these!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 paan leaves also known as betel leaves
  • 4-5 teaspoons gulkand also know as rose petal preserve
  • 1 teaspoon ghee also known as clarified butter
  • green food color optional
  • more desiccated coconut for rolling

Instructions 

  • To a food processor, add chopped paan leaves and condensed milk. Pulse till well both are well combined. Set aside.
  • Heat ghee in a pan on medium heat. Once ghee is hot, add desiccated coconut and roast for 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat.
  • Add the condensed milk - paan mixture and stir to combine. You may add few drops of green food color at this point.
  • Cook for another 2 minutes on low heat, mixture will thicken. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down a bit.
  • Grease your hands with little ghee, take small portion from the coconut mixture, flatten it and add 1/2-1 teaspoon of gulkand in the center.
  • Bring the edges together and roll to form a ladoo.
  • Roll the prepared ladoo in desiccated coconut. Repeat the same process with the remaining ladoos.
  • Keep the paan coconut ladoo refrigerated.

Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 27mg, Potassium: 106mg, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 1.2mg, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert, Indian Sweet, Sweets
Cuisine: Indian
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183 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to try this Manali. What is your opinion on freezing the paan puree? It is very difficult to find paan leaves where I live and I finally found some that came in a bag – there are 12 Betel leaves.

    Thanks,
    Megha

    1. i should work though I haven’t tried freezing puree personally. chop very fine using a food processor and then freeze in ice cube trays.

      1. I froze the leaves since it will be a few days before I can make the balls. Would that work?

  2. Hi mam,
    Can we use frozen shredded coconut ?
    And any substitute to get natural green color instead of food color?
    Thanks

    1. you can but you will need to dry roast the coconut so that there’s no moisture in there and then use. I have noticed that when you use good paan leaves you get really nice green color on its own. I never got nice green color in US but when I used paan leaves in Delhi to make this recipe, the ladoos had a nice green color just with paan leaves.

  3. Hi Manali, what if I add a truffle touch to these laddoos by dipping them in white chocolate wafers + sprinkling them with mukhwaas?

    1. yes I think so. Honestly they get over quickly so I have never gotten a chance to freeze them. If you do freeze, please come back and let me know how it worked!

  4. 5 stars
    This paan laddoo was a total hit! Most guests had more than 1. Love that its so easy to make and a absolute favorite. Thank you!!!

  5. Hi Manali- can you please share the measurements for 20 people?
    I want to make them for my Diwali Party.

    Thanks,
    Madhavi

  6. Thanks for sharing. I have paan squash syrup consistency. Can you tell me the proportion / quantity pls
    Thanks

    1. Sorry I haven’t tested the recipe with syrup, it will change the ratio so I will need to test it before I can comment.

      1. Hello- thanks it turned out yum. A bit on sweeter side. ( these days tolerance for sweet has reduced ). Well I tasted the mixture kept on adding the paan squash squash to condensed milk until I could feel the flavor. Then rest as per your recipe. Added nuts to balance. The squash also has little sugar content.

    1. I used super tower gulkand brand that I find at my Indian grocery stores. I don’t have a favorite brand, I just use what I can find.

    1. Hi
      I am planning to try these awesome ladoos tomo
      Very excited to try
      ##Wanted to know if I can use fresh coconut…grinded in mixie

      Pl reply asap
      Thanku

      1. you may but saute it in a pan first to get rid of excess moisture and then use in the recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    Hi Manali
    I made these laddus and it was super hit. Every one in my home loved it.
    Thanks for lovely and easy recipe.

  8. This looks so interesting.i am based out of the IS too.was .wonderimg where you sourced the pan leaf and the rose preserve.
    Thanks in advance

  9. Hi I tried these ladies but my pasn leaves were kept in refrigerator for two days.does this make the leaves lose its flavor as the paan taste is not strong l.is it supposed to be not very strong in taste

    1. it also depends on the size of paan leaves. These ladoos definitely have a nice paan flavor so maybe the leaves you used were smaller and hence you needed more of it

  10. Can this be left at room temperature for 24 hours? trying to send it via Fedex overnight from California to New Jersey.

  11. I’m planning to send few sweets for my in-laws as I’m engaged.. but wanted to know is it necessary to keep it in refrigerator as I’ll be sending them via travels bus and from mumbai(Maharashtra) to udaipur (rajasthan) please suggest me what to do.. and I’m planning to pack them in aluminum colorful tin box with king wrap on the top and then the cap of the box..please help di ..thank you

    1. Hi Surbhi, it depends on the type of sweets. this paan ladoo should be okay at room temperature but if it’s a milk based sweet then it will get spoiled if it’s at room temperature for days

  12. was searching for a mouth freshener on Amazon and I got a sweet paan. I saw only one thing lacking in it and that is desiccated coconut powder. If we mix this with the product, will it taste delicious? can you please guide. Searched product link for your reference. https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07F5LG8TX

    1. I can only answer for this recipe, are you trying to make the ladoo? or just asking me if adding coconut would be good idea in that mouth freshner? If it’s the latter, I don’t know. I can’t comment since I have not tasted the freshner

  13. Hi Manali,

    Can paan be substituted with rose syrup to make gulkand filled coconut rose ladoos?

    Thanks,
    Amit

  14. 5 stars
    Hi Manali!

    Thank you for this awesome recipe! I’ve been making these paan laddus for Diwali 3 years in a row, and everyone loves it! I’ve had to increase the quantity from 40 to 200! It’s the most popular requested sweet every year!

  15. Wanted to know the shelf life? can I store it in refrigerator and then travel for a day and again store it in refrigerator, can these last a week as per above mentioned condition?

  16. 5 stars
    This is very simple and quick recipe (and delicious), however, we should consider time to make the balls as it took quite a good amount of time(I made around 50 laddus in two batches) to form the balls with filling.

    1. Manali, this recipe looks great! I had the same question – would it be sweetened or unsweetened desiccated coconut ?

  17. 5 stars
    My friend suggested me these laddoo, I made them n they turned out really good..They r super hit with my family n friends… All of them loved it.. thankyou for Easy Recipe…

  18. 5 stars
    Hi Manali, thx for great recipe, laddoo turned out very well n very easy recipe n ingredients to follow… Absolute hit at my place … Thx once again..

    1. What is calcutta meetha paan Raji? you mean paan leaves? they are already mixed the condensed milk in the recipe. You can add nuts to the filling if you like along with gulkand.

  19. Hi,
    The recipe turned out great, but I have a question. Did you use dry, grated coconut or fresh/ frozen one? I used the later and the mixture was very wet before I formed the ladoos. I had to add 1 or more cups of dry milk powder to be able to form them. That helped and they taste really good. I’ll use the dry coconut next time. Thanks!

    1. Hi Vibha, yes it is dry desiccated coconut, nowhere have I mentioned using fresh coconut. If using fresh coconut, always dry roast it first to get rid of the moisture. Hope this helps!

  20. Manali,
    I want to use them has mouhfreshner in the party
    Should I reduce coconut & add more paan leaves would it work . Make them smaller suize