Golden Badam (Almond) Ladoo

Also spelled laddu or laddoo, ladoo are spheres of golden sweetness and are a favourite across the Indian subcontinent. Whether it’s a traditional treat for you, or part of a journey of discovery of global flavours, every decadent taste of coconut, pistachio, and floral notes will carry you away to far off places and keep you coming back for more.

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Golden Badam Ladoo garnished with rose petals and coconut on a thin white platter

Mortar and pestle

Scale OR dry measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Medium heavy-bottomed skillet OR nonstick pan

Heatproof spatula OR wooden spoon

Small food processor fitted with a metal blade OR blender

Small ice cream scoop (preferably trigger-style) OR tablespoon

Parchment paper

18 pieces
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1¾ cups (175 g) almond flour
  • ¾ cup (65 g) unsweetened coconut (desiccated or shredded)
  • 1 cup (217 g) Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar, packed
  • ¼ tsp (2 g) salt
  • 7 tsp (22 g) coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp (24 g) pistachio, shelled, raw, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp (32 g) golden raisins
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) rose water or orange blossom water
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) water
Garnish (optional):
  • Unsweetened coconut (desiccated or shredded)
  • Almonds (slivered or sliced)
  • Dried edible rose petals or dried/candied orange peel

Step 1

Using a mortar and pestle, gently pound 6 cardamom pods to crack them open. (See Chef’s Tips). Remove and discard the outer green skin from the mortar. Grind the cardamom seeds into a fine powder. Set aside.

Step 2

Place a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat. Add the almond flour, stir with a heatproof spatula until just warm and fragrant; 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer into the bowl of a small food processor fitted with the blade attachment or a blender to cool slightly.

Step 3

Add the unsweetened coconut to the hot skillet. With the heatproof spatula, continuously stir until slightly toasted and pale golden; 1 to 2 minutes. Do not brown. Remove and add the coconut to the almond flour and allow to cool; 5 minutes.

Step 4

Pulse the almond flour and toasted coconut until the mixture becomes a powder. Scrape the bowl down as necessary. Add the Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar and salt to the powdered mixture. Process until thoroughly blended, and the almond flour begins to release some of its oil.

Step 5

In the same skillet, over medium-low heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the chopped pistachios and golden raisins, stirring until pistachios are fragrant and raisins are slightly softened; 2 minutes. Turn off heat and add the ground cardamom, stirring to coat the pistachios and raisins. Add the pistachio mixture, rose water (or orange blossom water), and water to the food processor, pulse several times or process at 5-second intervals until mixture begins to clump. Squeeze a small amount of the mixture to see if it holds together. If it doesn’t, pulse a few more times until it holds its shape.

Step 6

With a small ice cream scoop, portion (approximately 2 tablespoons / 26 grams per piece) and roll the mixture into balls (see Chef’s Tips). Work quickly as the mixture will become increasingly difficult to roll as it cools. To prevent the mixture from sticking to the scoop or hands, lightly grease with coconut oil periodically.

Step 7

Rolled balls can be served as is, rolled in coconut, and/or decorated with a slivered or sliced almond or dried rose petals.

Step 8

Store badam ladoo in an airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature layered between parchment paper or a week in the fridge (let come to room temperature before serving).