A very healthy, vegan laddu made with chana dal, walnuts and dates that is full of protein and healthy fats and fiber.
Soak 1/2 cup chana dal in water overnight. Drain the water from the dal and run it in a food processor until it reaches a crumbly stage.
Steam the chana dal in idli or dokla plates for 15 minutes. After it has cooled down, crumble the chana dal into powder with your hands or in a food processor. Set it aside in a bowl.
Roast Walnuts in a 350F oven for 8-10 minutes. Let the walnuts cool for a few minutes. To a clean, dry food processor, add 1 cup of the roasted walnuts and process them to a powder.
Add 1 cup (about 20) dates one by one through the feed tube while running the food processor. After all the dates are added, open the food processor and add 1 cup of steamed, powdered chana dal, a pinch of salt, agave nectar or honey, and elaichi. Pulse again.
Once they are well blended, using a cookie scoop or your hands, shaped them into laddus.