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Carrot-Date Rolls with Chocolate
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

The goodness of fresh sweet carrots and dates combine to make these rolls that are a brilliant sugar-free option for a dessert or snack. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: carrots, chocolate, dates, gluten-free, rolls, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 15 Rolls
Author: Rapti B
For roll
  • cup Refined flour / All-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • cup Grated carrots
  • 2/3 cup Seedless Mejdool dates
  • 1/4+1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon powder optional
  • 6 tablespoons Water
  • Oil to deep fry
For the sauce (optional)
  • 5 tablespoons Dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 5 tablespoons Milk
  1. Sieve refined flour. Add the rice flour, 1/4th teaspoon cinnamon powder (optional) and 1 tablespoon ghee.

  2. Mix the flour and ghee for 6-7 minutes until the flour has a crumbly texture and holds shape when you make a lump.

  3. Add water by the tablespoon and kneed a tight dough. Cover and rest for 15 minutes.

  4. In a non-stick pan / kadhai, heat 1 tablespoon ghee.

  5. Add the freshly grated carrots and roast for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant.

  6. Mix the roughly chopped dates and stir.

  7. Cook the carrot and date until it forms a brown mash. Make sure you keep stirring frequently or the mixture will stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.

  8. Once the carrot-date mixture is cooked, add 1/8th teaspoon cinnamon powder, mix well and set aside to cool.

  9. To make the rolls, divide the rested dough into lemon-sized balls (or measure out with a tablespoon).

  10. Place a ball of dough on a plain, clean surface and roll into a small roti. Place half a tablespoon carrot-date mix in the centre of the roti, spread it a little.

  11. Pick up two sides of the roti to bring them to the middle and overlap.

  12. Fold in the two edges to make a small pillow. Pat the edges into place to ensure the roll is sealed. Make all rolls in a similar fashion.

  13. Heat oil in a deep frying pan till you can see light fumes.
  14. On a low flame, cook the rolls 2-3 at a time until they are golden in colour and crisp.
  15. Serve hot on its own, with chai, coffee, whipped cream or a dark chocolate sauce.
To make sauce
  1. Place the chopped dark chocolate and 3 tablespoons milk in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 10 seconds; remove and mix well for a smooth sauce. Adjust consistency with milk. Pour over the hot rolls or serve in a small bowl as a dip.
Recipe Notes
  • Vegan: Replace the ghee with oil of choice and follow the same method.
  • Gluten free: Use rice paper sheets to make the rolls instead of refined flour.