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Jaggery Ladoo – A Perfect Vegan Dessert
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Jaggery Ladoo – A Perfect Vegan Dessert

Most of vegetarians who want to take up veganism, often face a tough choice. Is that going to mean no chocolate? No Pudding? No cakes?

And though people are working hard to create fake meat, vegan mayo and cheese and, there are some other simple options that can easily be adopted. In India, it is harder to find vegan chocolates or vegan cheese as compared to something called "jaggery".

For those of you who don't know about jaggery, it is an unrefined form of cane sugar, commonly known as 'Gur' in India. It is best if you can find organic gur. Nothing tastes better. When it comes to vegan desserts, there are very few options.  Ladoo (or Laddu) is a type of Indian dessert that is in the form of the sphere. These treats are usually prepared with wheat flour, ground dry coconut and chickpea flour with dry fruits and lots of ghee (clarified butter), which is not vegan! But when prepared with jaggery, it can be completely cruelty free!

In the image above, I used peanuts and jaggery. Just took a cup of peanuts, roasted them and ground into a coarse powder. I then melted an equal amount of jaggery and mixed together. There is no need of any ghee, because jaggery is good enough to bind the laddus. The mixture needs to cool down a little and then you need to separate small portions using a teaspoon and spread them to a flat surface like a plate or a tray. Wait for half an hour before you shape those portions into balls. Laddu making can be a bit tricky, so it will be good to take help from some friend who has done it before. If you are all set to try, go ahead and feel free to ask me any questions.

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  1. kristo
    kristo
    voted! I love Ladoo! this is so simple, I must try it.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      thanks Kristo...yeah sure..let me know how it goes.. they are so yummy!
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  2. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Mmmm, they look and sound really good! Please check out my latest article Fuelling Around.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Yes I checked it out already..was just thinking about what to comment... So finally, you could vote well in time..see you are second one to comment. This is because I posted this one after lunch here :)
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  3. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Voted! my elder kido loves laddoos like anythin and at times even gives up chocs for thm...totally a 'desi' by tongue...wll try these laddoos for sure! Thanks Aks! :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Yes they are awesome. I have made these for prasad and hence the added taste :)
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  4. Sumit  Bhardwaj
    Sumit Bhardwaj
    Mouth watering! Yummy! :) Thanks for posting this Akanksha, specially the pic :D
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Lolz...thanks for reading Sumit!
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  5. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Just wanted to add that by making the sweet at home I could enforce better quality control. I used good quality organic jaggery and peanuts for this which was not possible if I bought any sweet from the store. I t doesn't take much time so I love this!
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  6. SnakeWitch
    Hey, you just gave me an idea for a recipe! I will post what my mom used to make as a vegan dessert - though not willingly vegan - for me and my brother when we were kids. It was yummy! I voted! Here, the jaggery is called panela. I'm sure it's the same thing - it's unrefined cane sugar from the juice and it's very dark, a nice, rich dark brown. They make tons of desserts like the one you described here using not only coconut and peanuts but several types of fruits as well. Voted!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      You are absolutely right Annie, Panela and jaggery are the same. There are lot of uses of Panela here too. We add it to veggies, sauces and even bread. My nieces love to have it as it is with their Indian breads (chapatis)
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      1. SnakeWitch
        With veggies? Sounds like a great idea!
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        1. Akanksha
          Akanksha
          Yes, I shared one of the pumpkin recipes recently!
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      2. SnakeWitch
        With veggies? Sounds like a great idea!
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  7. Zack
    Zack
    this sounds really good! and simple too, never heard of jaggery before actually, thanks for the tip =) Also, i have a new article youd like, A fishy tale, hope you enjoy it =)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Hey I already read that one..its a good one! Thanks for reading my blogs. Yes, it is simple and totally organic and vegan. There are many forms of plant based unrefined sugars, jaggery is just one of them.
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  8. dianabart
    dianabart
    Love this! There is Vegan Chocolate out there check out: http://www.facebook.com/DavidAvocadoWolfe His Chocolates: http://www.sacredchocolate.com/raw-chocolate-hearts/ovoted and shared! :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      wow..thanks for the links..but do you think they deliver in India?
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  9. Roopam
    yummm...I love ladoos...any kind will do...i think i should make some soon...voted!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Roopam...I loved Besan Laddu before but these are much better!
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  10. JustVegan
    sounds great. voted.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks!
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  11. abhasklal
    Nice article. Vote #17
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks for reading :)
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  12. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Also plz check my latest on Soy..vote of u like it..Thnzz.. :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Already voted and commented!
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  13. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    mmm... congrats on top posts. woot! :) voted.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      wow..thanks :-)
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  14. Vin Chauhun
    Vin Chauhun
    We Gujaratis call it ghor.....and its still way better than ordinary sugar. Sweetmeats taste much better too, when using ghor. The less ghee the better, its a bit to rich for my liking :) Voted !
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