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Desiccated Coconut: Health benefits and featured recipe

What is Desiccated Coconut?

In simple words, desiccated coconut is coconut flesh that has been grated and then dried to increase the shelf life and make the coconut easily available for use while retaining the flavor. It is used as a substitute to fresh grated coconut in curries, smoothies, cakes, bakes and other Indian sweet dishes, mithai.
You can easily find desiccated coconut in the market as sweetened, unsweetened, toasted or you can make your own at home by drying fresh shredded coconut in the oven.

Benefits of desiccated Coconut

Strengthens your connective tissues

Regular intake in your diet prevents mineral deficiency and reduces the risk of diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis, as the minerals present help to strengthen your connective tissues – skin, ligaments and bones.

Heart diseases

Being rich in dietary fiber, desiccated coconut contains no cholesterol or trans fats making it helpful in lowering levels of LDL cholesterol levels and preventing the risk of various heart diseases. But you might want to note that desiccated coconut contains very high saturated fat content which increases your HDL cholesterol levels and there has been a lot of debate going on the amount to be consumed because of same. So, if you are concerned about your fat intake, consider including it in occasional meals while taking care that your regular diet is rich in proteins and full with legumes, whole nuts and fresh fruits.

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Prevents Anemia

Anemia, caused due to the deficiency of iron is very common health issue specially among women. Adding dried coconut to your food helps in meeting your daily iron intake as desiccated coconut has high iron content.

Promotes Brain Function

Coconut, recently has gained attention in the treatment of Alzheimer’s due to its ability toย promote the production of neurotransmitters as well as myelin, which helps in transmitting electrical signals that come from or to the brain more efficiently. Any damage to myelin can lead to severe neurological problems.

How to incorporate in your diet

There are various ways to incorporate desiccated coconut in your diet. You can add it to your smoothies, or you can add desiccated coconut flakes to your cake and bakes.
One other way is to add coconut to your curries while cooking or as garnishing.

And our most favorite, try this sweet and quick coconut ladoo recipe.

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Print Recipe
Coconut Ladoo
A simple, quick and easy recipe which uses desiccated coconut and sweetened condensed milk.
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
ladoos
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
ladoos
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Instructions
  1. Mix the desiccated coconut and condensed milk in a pan.
  2. Add cardamom powder and mix well.
  3. Heat the mixture on a low flame while stirring regularly.
  4. The mixture will begin to thicken and in some time, will start leaving the sides of the pan. Switch off the flame when the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
  5. Pour the ladoo mixture in another bowl and cool it down completely.
  6. When the mixture has cooled down, apply some ghee/oil on the palms of your hand and roll some balls by putting some mixture in your hand. Make balls out of the mixture and keep it in a plate.
  7. Now, roll the balls made in above step in the desiccated coconut plate to coat evenly,
  8. Serve and Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Coconut Ladoos stay fresh when kept in fridge for about 4 days.

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36 thoughts on “Desiccated Coconut: Health benefits and featured recipe

  1. Yum! I love coconut but my husband hates it. Maybe I could convince him with these health benefits haha.

  2. coconut is one of my favorite foods, it can be used in so many different ways and even thought I love coconut had never hard about desiccated coconut , thanks for teaching me something new

  3. I really don’t like the flaky texture with coconut so I don’t think this is up my alley. I’m sure a lot of my friends would make this though!

  4. I love cooking with coconut, and these look absolutely amazing! I cook with coconut milk, and flaked and shredded forms of coconut regularly, but I wasn’t aware of all the health benefits! I do hope, however, that more sustainable farming and harvesting methods are developed in the future so that wildlife can be taken into consideration.

  5. I have never had that type of coconut before. But I do know there are so many ways you can use coconut. It’s such a versatile and sweet flavor added to almost any dish.

  6. I will need to try this because I have the type of anemia that my cannot store a lot of iron so eating anything that helps with iron gives my body an extra boost. This is really helpful information

  7. This reminds me of a snacks called “macaroons” (not the french macaroons). Its made of desiccated and condense milk. As well. Only this is healthy and the macaroons is kinda sweet. Lol.

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