Fave Sweets1 - Kova Kobbari Laddo - Coconut stuffed kova Laddos.
Most of the people from AndhraPradesh, The state where I come from must be familiar with PullaReddy sweets. Theirs is probably the most popular sweet house in the entire state. The sweets available there are fresh and Amazingly tasty. It has been open for a long time now and old times say that the taste or the quality did not change over the period of time and that is probably where their success lies. Their outlet in somajiguda is HUGE and beautiful. But the best sweet that I had is not from any of their huge stores, but in Kurnool Bus stand. In Kurnool bus stand you can buy Pala kova in tiny one serving packets which tastes DIVINE. Its probably my liking for street side food that made this more tastier than what is available in their more upscale stores. :) This is my submission for Barbara's Ancient Spices. And the Spice I chose is "Cardamom" the QUEEN of spices, and I made kova and kobbari louju using cardamom. Did u know that cardamom is supposed to have aphrodisiac powers?? More about the history of Cardamom here Ingredients for Kova Milk - 1/2 Gallon Sugar - 1.5 cups Cardamom - 5 Method Boil the milk till it reduces to more than half in quantity. Add sugar, crushed cardamom. Add more sugar if you want it very sweet. Mix well and let the milk boil till it becomes a thick, light brown mass, which you can form a ball with. It is going to take alng time for this happen, about 2-3 hours. So please be patient while this is done. Ingredients for Kobbari Louju Grated coconut - 3 cups Sugar- 2 cups Water - 1.5 cups Cardamom - 5 Method Make a sugar syrup and let it boil until it becomes one thread consistency. Add cardadmom and grated cocunut and let it cook. Make sure you dont over cook as you my dry the mixture into flakes. Let it cool and make balls/Laddos out of it. To make Kova-Kobbari Laddos, Encase the coconut laddos with kova and make round balls. Kova is a little sticky. SO be careful while making laddos. Chill and serve. The only spice used for both the preparations is cardamom and the flavor really stands out when you bite into one of them. And a bite will leave an extremely rich and satisfying taste in your mouth, and then you will definetly want more than a bite. :) This is also for blogparty#9 hosted by lovely Stephanie