Kaayi Unde or Kaayunde is one of my favourite sweet snacks from childhood. As the name indicates, the main ingredients in this sweet dish are coconut and jaggery. To make it more tastier, nuts like toasted groundnuts or cashews can also be added. 

Here is the recipe of Kaayi Unde for you all!

  • Time required: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Serves: 28 balls 


  • Fresh grated coconut - 3 cups
  • Jaggery - 1 cup (either powder or liquid) 
  • Roasted groundnuts - 1 cup
  • Cardamom powder - 1 tsp

Recipe Instructions:

  • Take the toasted groundnuts, peel off the skin and pulse them in the mixie or food processor into small chunks.
  • Combine fresh grated coconut and jaggery in a wide pan, keep mixing it on medium flame. 
  • Slowly, the water content in the coconut releases and the jaggery combines well with the coconut. If the mixture looks too dry, you can add 1 - 2 tablespoon of water to make it moist. 
  • Keep mixing the mixture for around 20 minutes, till you see the mixture starts thickening and starts to leave the sides of the pan. Take a small bit of the mixture and check whether you are able to form a ball. 
  • Turn off the flame, add the groundnuts and cardamom powder. Mix everything well.  
  • Once the mixture is lukewarm, grease your palm with a few drops of ghee / oil, take small portions of the mixture and shape them into balls. 
  • Store these chewy sweet balls in an air tight container and enjoy them anytime!


  • You can add cashew-nuts instead of groundnuts.

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