Put sugar into a saucepan and add the water. Bring it into boil. When the sugar syrup becomes a bit sticky, switch off the flame and add ground cardamom and fennel, then roasted rice flour little by little but constantly into the sugar mixture. Keep ½ cup of rice flour back.
Before you start boiling sugar syrup, spread that spare rice flour on the tray where we are going to set our Aluwa.
When you’ve added all rice flour and the mixture has become like a fudge, put it on the tray. Press it until flat.
Then mark lines on it in a diamond shape or as you like. Separate the pieces before it gets hard.
20ml or ½ cup of aquafaba — that is, about half the brine from a can of chickpeas
½ tsp vanilla extract
10g caster sugar (optional)
75g dark chocolate without dairy (I used one from Lidl)
Makes enough for 2 decent portions.
Melt the chocolate carefully in the usual way (in a bowl over a pan of hot water).
Strain the chickpeas to get their water. Use an electric whisk, preferably in a food processor or other contraption, for 10-15 minutes, until the chickpea water has thickened and reached the ‘stiff peak’ stage (as you might call it with egg whites). You don’t need to worry about over-whisking, but it will likely take longer with a hand-held electric whisk.
At this stage, add the vanilla, and slowly add the sugar while whisking a bit more.
The chocolate should be cool now but still runny. Fold it into the whisked mix thoroughly with a silicone spatula, then pour into glass serving dishes.