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Chana Dal Ke Laddu (No Sugar, no ghee)

A very healthy, vegan laddu made with chana dal, walnuts and dates that is full of protein and healthy fats and fiber. 

Course: Dessert, sweets
Cuisine: Indian, vegan
  • 1/2 cup Chana Dal
  • 1 cup Walnuts
  • 1 cup Dates (about 20)
  • 2 tsp Honey or Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 tsp Elaichi Powder
  • Salt (a pinch)
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Once they are well blended, using a cookie scoop or your hands, shaped them into laddus.