Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chocolate Nariyal Laddoos For Diwali (Chocolate coconut truffles)

Diwali is just round the corner. Twinkling diyas, homemade mithais, strings of marigolds, fragrant incense sticks, rangolis and torans. It is such a magical time of the year; one that we wait for all year long. 

Planning the décor, deciding the menu, handcrafting gifts, observing family traditions some that our parents made and we love to observe and some that we are creating for Sara each year.
But what I love most about this festival of lights is putting together handmade edible gifts for family and friends and for all the people who help us get through each day. The guy who comes over to help me with the cleaning each week, our security guard who makes sure we sleep well each night, the laundry guy who never forgets to say hi to Sara when he comes home to drop our clothes. Diwali is only Diwali when you share your happiness with everyone around you and sometimes it is so easy to forget that amidst all the bling.
A box of besan barfi (chickpea fudge) one year, moongphali and til gajak (peanut and sesame brittle) the next and gulkund (Rosepetal) chocolates the year after.
Sara has been observing this tradition for the last couple of years (just like I saw my mum doing the same all these years) but it is only now she is understanding & more importantly experiencing the joy of thanking people who she values for being there and I am happy to help her make them a part of her big day.
That big smile when she slips in a box of homemade truffles into a friend’s hand and wishes her a Happy Diwali or that hug from her teacher when she gives her a handmade Diwali card or that awww from masi when she paints her a terracotta diya is what makes Diwali truly special. No store bought gift can ever match up to handmade love and this is one tradition that I’d like my little girl to take away from us.

This year she is making Diwali cards and these chocolate truffles for all the people who matter to her (I have been helping her make a card for everyone ever since she turned two and it has a become a ritual of sorts).
Just like the previous year the cards won’t be perfect; probably she will get tired after making a few and will ask me to help her, she will “sign” her name in her “royal” handwriting and later feel shy giving them. The truffles won’t be all round, there will be chocolatey mess in the kitchen, some will land in her mouth before we end up packing them, some will land on the floor and I will be spending a better part of the day cleaning but what a wonderful day it will be.

We will both acknowledge all the kind and loving people in our lives, we will talk about why and how much we appreciate and value them and how our lives will be incomplete without them and how giving a piece of our heart in the shape of a truffle will make them grin ear to ear.


Do you have any family traditions that you observe or any traditions that you would like to create this year? Are handcrafted presents one of those? I would love to hear about it.

Chocolate nariyal laddoos (Chocolate coconut truffles (Makes 20 balls)

Ingredients
  • Two 100 grams bars of dark chocolate (we used 70%, if you’d like take a 50 % or even milk chocolate)
  • 4 tbsp of cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of soft butter
  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut
  • Cocoa powder and desiccated coconut to roll (drinking chocolate/ sesame seeds also work )

Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, break the chocolate into small pieces with your hand.
  2. Micro it on low for about 2 minutes. Checking and stirring every thirty seconds.
  3. Add the cream, vanilla and butter and stir. You will now have a glossy chocolate mix.
  4. Add the desiccated coconut and stir.
  5. Shape them into tiny balls on a tray lined with foil or parchment.
  6. Roll some of them into drinking chocolate and some in desiccated coconut
  7. Put them into mini cupcake cases/boxes.
  8. Gift them to your friends and get ready for lots of tight hugs.
Wishing all you awesome people a sparkling and a "green" Diwali.

Before I end this post, I wanted to share that a couple of us have gotten together for a Diwali Festival of sorts on our blogs. One post a day to inspire you to make Diwali cards, decorations, read Diwali books, try out Diwali recipes and make Diwali goodies with your little ones (Yes, that would be me:))

Hope to see you guys drop by everyone's blogs and share the love.

Images: If you like any of the pictures on the blog and would like to use those please write to me. I put in hours of work behind each post and would love to share it with you but it would hurt me if  use those without my permission. Just ask!


Come join a set of fabulous bloggers sharing their Diwali moments , easy Crafts, DIY ideas, Recipes and book recommendations with you .

Starting from today till Diwali and beyond, each one of us will be writing a post related to Diwali.
Participating blogs

So sit back, relax and check out all the fabulous Diwali Dhamaka posts from the participating blogs in the linky.
Link in your Diwali posts here

23 comments:

Hemapriya Natesan said...

Wow, these ladoos look so inviting and yummy, handmade gifts is a lovely idea... Now I know what to gift my son's teacher, will make him to do a card for his teacher, thank you for the innovative ideas

Nayana CherishDreamLive said...

These ladoos looks so yumm Prachi.....and good thing is recipe doesn't look scary :) people like me can try. Thanks!

Sharon said...

Such a lovely recipe - it's simple, and yet so festive~

hugs to little sara, and happy diwali guys!

sharon

Preeti said...

What gorgeous photographs! If it's chocolate, it's an instant hit in my home. :) Will definitely try it.

Nidhi Jain said...

YUMMY TEMPTING Ladoos and such beautiful thoughts. Really loved reading the post. These Ladoos are looking perfect.

Reshma Sharma said...

Hi Prachi, this is my first visit here. Loved your post and the fact that you love sharing homemade goodies with people who play an important part in our daily lives. I'm sure your daughter will soon following it too. Happy Diwali to you all :)

sangeetha menon said...

Yummmy.. Chocolate nariyal ladoos are a twist to those snow white round coconut ladoos .. Am sure it would be superb tasty and delicious...

Patricia Torres said...

Such a lovely post Prachi... Im not one to enter the kitchen.. but this sure has inspired me.. I'll try my hands at this too!

SHARADA DILIP said...

Chocolate & ladoos are all time faourites at home! this ones a best combination for us! will surely give it a try! Happy Diwali!

I will be posting on my blog how it goes! http://apartment2504.wordpress.com said...

These look delicioius, hope there is a way to make them dairy-fre and lactose-intolerant people friendly :)
I will be posting on my blog how it goes! http://apartment2504.wordpress.com

orangekitchens said...

Hemapriya: Glad to hear you liked the recipe. I hope your son's teacher likes them :)

orangekitchens said...

Hemapriya: Glad to hear you liked the recipe. I hope your son's teacher likes them :)

orangekitchens said...

Nayana: Thanks and they were. She gobbled down many :) I loved your bar recipes too. Thanks for sharing.

orangekitchens said...

Sharon: Sara says thank you :)A very Happy Diwali to you guys too.

orangekitchens said...

Preeti: Thanks to my little model and stylist :) Yup same here..put chocolate on anything and I seem to love it:)

Prachi Grover said...

Nidhi: Thanks for your kind words. Happy to hear you enjoyed the posts. Hope to see you here often:)

orangekitchens said...

Reshma: Welcome to Orange Kitchens and a very Happy Diwali to you too. Yes, I hope she does. So easy to buy a gift as much compared to the thought and work that goes it making one...really hope she appreciates this even she grows up:)

orangekitchens said...

Sangeetha: Ya you know what growing up my mum always asked us to "help" her make the white nariyal ones:) Sometimes we would ask her to put a little pink colour in it and mom would do that...now mine asks for chocolate and I too give in:)

orangekitchens said...

Patricia: Do that Patty. Your girls will be able to do this on their own so you can still keep at a safe distance from the kitchen..wink wink. Give them my love.

orangekitchens said...

Sharada: Yes I totally agree. Nothing shouts celebrations than laddoos and chocolates :) Happy Diwali to you too.

Manasi Vaidya said...

Hey Prachi, I had no idea you lived in Dubai! I was there for the last ten days for the Diwali hols and that's where we had our Diwali parday as well; I left the day you posted so had no clue you were in Dubai all along until right now! Loved reading your post and am drooling over the recipe :) Planning to try it out this weekend, so what if Diwali is long gone!

tulika singh said...

I am such a complete non-cook. But these laddoos sound doable. Last time I put chocolate in the micro I ended up burning it. I guess 'low temperature' is the key. Will surely try them out. I loved the idea of giving friends handmade cards and gifts. It really is such a sweet gesture.

tulika singh said...

I am a complete non-cook. But these laddoos sound doable. Last time I put chocolate in the micro I ended up burning it. I guess 'low temperature' is the key. Will surely try them out. I loved the idea of giving friends handmade cards and gifts. It really is such a sweet gesture.

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