These laddoos are inspired by my favourite vegan blogger veganricha.com. She has veganised a lot of Indian sweets and they taste as good and some even better than the original version. Her e-book on Diwali sweets recipes is a must have for vegans with a sweet tooth. I made small quantity of these laddoos to celebrate my promotion at work. I carried them to work and distributed among my colleagues and they tasted just like the normal besan laddoos, only that these are completely guilt free.
Ingrediants: (makes 10 small balls)
Chickpea flour/ besan – 1/4 cup
Sugar – 1/4 cup
Coconut flakes – 2 tsp, coconut milk – 1 tsp (optional)
Cocoa butter – 2 tsp
Cardamon – 1/8 tsp, Salt – one pinch
– Dry roast the chickpea flour for 5 minutes till it is lightly browned.
– The next step is the most time taking and this is what brings the real smell and taste in the laddoo. Add coconut flakes and cocoa butter and roast for 15 minutes! (yes fifteen) till a nice aroma comes.
– Now add the sugar, cardomon and salt. Let it cool slightly for a while.
– When still warm make balls out of the flour. Normally flour will be sticky enough else add some coconut milk to help the balls come together. You need to press the balls with lot of pressure between your palm and rotate it for 2-3 minutes to make a smooth ball.