I had not posted any sweet recipe from past few days so decided to post this papaya laddus which i had made few days back. I know papaya laddus sounds bit uncommon and weird, but they are very tasty and healthy laddus and very easy to prepare too.These laddus are high in nutrition and the best part is that this laddus are prepared without using any ghee or oil.These laddus are very rich in vitamin A as it is present in a very high quantity in papaya.I also like the colour of this laddus, its very attractive.If u have brought a papaya from store which is not at all sweet you can utilise it to make this laddus . Just give a try to this laddus and i am sure u all will love this soft tasty ladoos.These laddus can be stored without refrigeration for upto 5-6 days.
1 medium sized ripe papaya( which yields approx 2 cups puree)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut(fine one)
1 table spoon kesar-elaichi syrup( or cardamom powder)
few strands of saffron( kesar)
1/2 cup whole cashew nuts
Cut the ripe papaya in pieces and remove its skin and puree it using a blender.Heat a non-stick pan and add the papaya pulp.Cook it on low flame stirring countinously.
After some time the pulp will become little thick then add powdered sugar and stir well.Amount of sugar added depends on the sweetness of papaya.If papaya is less sweet you can add little more sugar.After adding sugar the mixture will melt.
Keep on stirring and cook till the mixture thickens. When the mixture starts leaving sides of pan add the kesar-elaichi essence, saffron strands and 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut.Mix it well and cook while stirring till the mixture forms a ball.Take little mixture and cool it in hand and roll it between fingers and check it it forms a ball.If it then the mixture is ready.
Remove the mixture from flame and let it cool.Make lemon size balls of it and roll in remaining desiccated coconut powder and garnish by pressing a whole cashew on top.
Store them in air-tight container.