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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