Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Date Halwa/ Date Pops

This recipe comes with a lot memories as my father used to make it for us during winter days with a particular type of date. Since we don't get those particular dates here so i used some Tunisian dates to make it. You can use any soft dates which you have on hand. Just three ingredients and what a transformation it gives to simple dates. I used desiccated coconut to roll them but the choices are unlimited as you can used any chopped nuts like almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnut, pecans, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts etc.


Dates                             3 cups seeds removed and chopped
Butter                            1/2 cup
Green cardamom            3 powdered


Melt the butter in a pan and add dates. 
Cook on low heat until dates are mushy and seemed to dry a bit around 8-10 mins. Mixture will start forming a ball and leaving the sides of the pan.
Add cardamom powder and mix well. Take off the heat and let it cool a bit till you can handle it with your hands.
Put 2 tbsp spoons of oil in a bowl to moisten your hands as the dates will be sticky. 

Take a teaspoon and form a date shape or a ball by rolling around in your palm. Roll it in coconut and chill for an hour before serving.
Sprinkle some chopped nuts and serve it hot as halwa.
Taste delicious with a hot cup of tea in winters.

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