Because I am a vegetarian, I always look for high protein vegetarian dishes. Mostly little different recipes than our regular Dal Tarkas. Honestly, I am cool about regular Dals also. It’s mainly the kids, who look for variety in food. I try to include as much as hidden proteins in their food. Making sure its yum and is healthy.
Today’s roasted moong dal energy ball is one of those recipes, I would want my kids to have every single day. I am taking the leverage to call it a pre-workout energy balls. And is great for pregnant/nursing moms.
Green moong dal is one of the healthiest sources of plant protein. As the Journal of Chemistry Central puts it, “moong beans have biological activities including antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antihypertensive, lipid metabolism accommodation, antihypertensive and antitumor effects.”
I was sent a packet of Organic Nutri plus Green Moong Dal from Trueframs. Truefarm Foods Organic Nutriplus Moong Dal, 500gYou must have seen many of their healthy, organic ingredients used in different recipes on my blog. All the Truefram products are free from harmful chemicals, rich in nutrition, boost immunity, contain more active antioxidants.
Moong dal energy balls are power-packed treats. Yes! treats, because they are too delicious and can be added to the list of favourite foods/desserts. The ingredients that went in the making are roasted green moong dal, jaggery powder, ghee and besan (chickpea flour). I am taking you through a couple of points, for the better understanding of the recipe.
1. Dry roast the moong dal in a heavy bottom pan at low flame, till it changes colour and becomes aromatic. Allow it to cool down a bit. See the images here for reference.
2. Grind into a fine powder using a dry blender/mixer. Make sure to grind, when Moong is still a little warm. You must be looking for a fine texture, similar to the one shown in the image here.
3. We use dry roasted chickpea flour too. Make sure you roast it well, but be careful not to burn it.
4. The third important ingredient in the recipe is organic jaggery powder. It’s easily available and is great for health.Truefarm Foods Organic Jaggery Powder, 500g
5. The amount of ghee in the recipe might make you rethink if this is a healthy recipe or not.
But I want you to know: Ghee is actually good for your health. It is packed with vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as fatty acids CLA and butyric acid, leading to many health benefits. Research has revealed that instead of increasing the risk of heart disease, ghee actually decreases it and it is recommended for weight loss too.
The amount of ghee used in this recipe is a 3/4th cup. And if you divide it into 30 balls, you are not really consuming a large amount of ghee per energy ball.
Here ghee is working as a binder and it elevates the flavour too. Less ghee will result in broken, crumbled balls.
Honestly, when making this recipe, I had considered adding less ghee and also had made a batch earlier.
It was delicious, and I used it as a Moong soil “ Roasted Moong Energy Soil”. Pack it in a jar and gift it to your gym freak friends. He will love it.
So I give you both the option, if using less ghee, use it as healthy moong soil, if a good amount of ghee, turn it into energy balls.
1 cup organic whole moong dal
Truefarm Foods Organic Nutriplus Moong Dal, 500g
1/2 cup of besan/ chickpea flour
1 and 1/2 cup of organic jaggery powder
Truefarm Foods Organic Jaggery Powder, 500g
3/4th cup of ghee
Dry roast the moong dal in a heavy bottom pan at low flame, till it changes colour and becomes aromatic. Allow it to cool down a bit and keep it moving in the hot pan while roasting, or it burns very quickly. Grind into a fine powder using a dry blender/mixer. Make sure to grind, when Moong is still a little warm.
Dry roast besan/chickpea flour until aromatic, and slight gold in colour.
In a bowl mix organic jaggery powder, grinder roasted moong dal and roasted besan. Mix well.
Divide the mixture into 4 portions. Take 1 portion of the flour mixture onto a smaller plate/bowl.
Warm the ghee on the lowest setting & spoon a ladle full of ghee onto the smaller portion of the flour mixture, gently mix the ghee & flour, and shape into balls while it’s still warm & set aside, as you continue to make more balls.
Make small batches – Repeat the process of adding ghee to each portion of the flour mixture until you are done with all the flour.
Save in an airtight container & enjoy your nutritious snack. No refrigeration required (if you are using enough ghee).
I have also rolled the energy balls in some poppy seeds. Which can be considered as an optional step.
I also kept some ball, without poppy seeds, as my elder one doesn’t like them much. This makes a fantastic protein rich power-packed treat. Enjoy!