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Thandai Truffles

Eggless, Gluten-free, Vegan option
Thandai Truffles - a Holi-inspired twist on delicious chocolate truffles. These truffles are loaded with good fats.
5 from 3 votes
Author: Nisha
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 truffles
Calories 192 kcal


for thandai powder

for melted chocolate


Make the Thandai Powder

  • In a food processor, combine the following ingredients - almonds, cashews, pistachios, poppy seeds, melon seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom powder, and peppercorns.
  • Pulse for 1-2 minutes until you have a crumbly consistency..
  • Add rose water.
  • Pulse for another 2 minutes until the consistency is thick and crumbly.
  • Add sugar.
  • In the meantime, warm up milk and add 2 pinches of saffron. Mix well until the milk color changes to yellow.
  • Add the milk saffron mixture to the food processor. Also, add 1/4 cup of melted chocolate chips.
  • Pulse for a couple of minutes until you have a dough-like consistency in a shape of a ball.

Form Thandai Bites

  • Using a mini scoop, form thandai balls.
  • Place in your palm and roll into the shape of a ball.
  • You should have a total of 8 pieces.

Melt the Chocolate

  • On low-medium heat over a double-boiler, heat up chocolate chips. I used 70% bittersweet chocolate chips, however you may also use semisweet, white chocolate, or even vegan chips (this brand is delicious).
  • A minute later this is what you should have.
  • And 3-4 minutes later. the chocolate chips should be melted.
  • Drop a thandai ball into the melted chocolate.
  • Using 2 forks coat the entire thandai ball with chocolate.
  • Place on a tray/plate lined with parchment paper. You must use parchment paper else the chocolate will stick to the tray/plate.
  • Garnish with edible roses and chopped pistachio. Refrigerate for 1 hour or more.


for gluten-free: make sure you use chocolate that is gluten-free, I recommend Scharffen Berger.
for vegan: make sure you use vegan chocolate chips and dairy-free milk.


Calories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 26mgPotassium: 228mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 110mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chocolate, Thandai, Truffle
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