Lavanga Lathalu | Stuffed Coconut Sweet

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Recipe prepared by Smt Lakshmi Bai
Article written by Lakshmi Aparna

Lavanga lathalu
This a variety sweet prepared in South India, especially by Telugu people. This is a stuffed sweet, coconut and sugar are used for stuffing and maida for out side layer. This sweet is soft inside and is crispy outside. The clove (lavangam) is used to lock the outer layer. Consuming the sweet with clove is tasty, at the same time we don't get a cough (because we eat clove along with the coconut). Mrs.Lakshmi shared this snack and has clearly explained it step by step.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Yield: 25 - 30
Shelf life: 15-20
Main ingredient: Coconut
Course: Snack
1 bowl measurement: 250 ml


Fresh grated coconut: 2 bowls
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Sugar (panchadara): 1 bowl

Maida or all purpose flour: 250 grams
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Cooking butter: 50 grams
Cooking Butter

Salt: 1/2 tbsp

Oil: To fry

Cardamom (yalukalu, elaichi): 4 or 5

Poppy seeds (gasagasalu): 1 tbsp or 25 grams (optional)
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Cloves (lavangalu): 25
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Step 1: Add sugar to grated coconut
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Step 2: Add 1/4th bowl of water in it
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Step 3: Mix and cook in low flame till the sugar melts and it gets thicker.
Note: For required thickness, we need to take small quantity of cooked mixture and it should form like a ball (unda paakam raanivaali)
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Step 4: Semi fry poppy seeds, let it cool. Now make poppy seeds and cardamom into powder

Step 5: Add cardamom powder and Poppy seeds powder to it and mix in a mixing bowl
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Keep it aside, let it cool
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Step 6: In a mixing bowl add cooking butter to maida (or all purpose flour)
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Step 6: Mix butter and maida first, then keep on adding little water till it forms a smooth dough like chapati dough (approximately 50 ml water)
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Close it with a lid and let the dough rest for 15 minutes

Step 7: Take small quantity (lemon size) of dough, make it thin and round in shape
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Step 8: Stuff 1 or 2 tbsp cooled coconut mixture in it as shown below
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Step 9: In the middle of four folds insert the clove, so that the layer will not get disintegrate when fried in oil
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Step 10: Prepare required quantity (you can save stuffing powder for later if you want, 10 days shelf life if coconut mixture is kept in freezer, can prepare outer layer whenever needed and cook fresh)
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Step 11: Preheat oil and fry them on high flame. Fry both the sides (turn it to other side after a minute) till golden brown color
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Tasty and yummy lavanga lathalu is ready. Let them cool and enjoy the taste (Note: if consumed immediately it will be too hot inside) 
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Tasty coconut stuffed sweet is ready to serve as an evening snack and it would be a variety snack for kitty parties :)

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