For some reason I have never been a fan of eating dates by itself. Maybe, because it’s too sweet for my palette. Not that I don’t like sweets, but foods like dates, sugarcane, honey etc. just hit the wrong nerve in my head…if you know what I mean. But somehow, I really like the idea of canceling out the sweetness of dates with dried nuts. It’s not only a delicious combo but also a healthy alternative to other sweets you get in the market. Also, the recipe I am about to share with you is exactly what the sweet marts in Bombay sell to you as ‘sugar free delights’. Try it to believe it.
Time taken: 30 mins l Makes 20 pieces
Dates – 200 gms
Assorted nuts – 1 cup
Poppy seeds – 1 tbsp
Nutmeg powder – 1 pinch
Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
Ghee – 1 tsp
1. Dry roast the mixed nuts in a pan and keep aside
2. Dry roast the poppy seeds and keep aside
3. Pit, finely chop and knead the dates into a coarse paste.
4. In a non-stick pan, add some ghee.
5. Once the ghee is hot, add the date paste to the pan
6. Mix well and add all the other ingredients like the toasted nuts, poppy seeds, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder.
7. Mix everything together on low flame until everything comes together.
8. Take it off the flame and let it cool.
9. Roll into long sausages and cut into 1 cm thick circles.
This sweet is extremely healthy and versatile. Instead of dates you can also use dried figs (anjeer), raisins or apricots.
You can also add tragacanth gum (Gond) to the mixture to add some more texture to this sweet.
Coat the sweet with toasted poppy seeds just when you roll it to give it a more finished look at the edges.
Use an extremely sharp knife to cut this sweet or you’ll end up with laddoos. Which is not a bad idea either.
Before kneading the dates, microwave them for 30 secs to make them soft and easier to deal with.
This one is worth trying. Let me know how it turns out!