Thursday, October 15, 2009

Date Rolls

Diwali 7

Diwali is here!!! I remember my mother slogging in the kitchen to prepare the traditional Diwali sweets a week or ten days before. And her sweets would be really fantastic. I chose the path of least resistance! The sweets I choose to make this Diwali will be easy, tasty and also presentable.

Ingredients :

Dates (seeded)

250 gms

Marie Biscuits

250 gms

Butter/ghee (optional)

2 tbsps

Cardamom (optional) powder

7-8 pods

Water (warm)

About 1 cup

Sugar powdered (optional)

1 tbsp

Method :

  • Soak dates in warm water for about an hour.
  • Deseed if any and grind to a paste and keep aside.
  • Crush biscuits ( Do not powder it.) and keep aside.
  • Put the ground date paste in a non-stick pan and heat it on a low flame.
  • Keep on stirring till all the water has evaporated and it has dried.
  • Add butter /ghee (optional) and stir the mixture for about five minutes.
  • Take off from heat.
  • Then add the crushed biscuits little at a time and mix until all the crushed

biscuits are added.

  • Add cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Knead the whole mixture with your hand.
  • Then take a handful of the mixture (roughly the size of the tennis ball and roll it on a smooth surface using both your hands till you get a long sausage shape.
  • Cut it into desired pieces.
  • Finally sprinkle the powdered sugar through a sieve over the Date Rolls.
  • When cooled, store it in an airtight container.

Note :

Butter/ghee, cardamom and sugar can be omitted in the recipe and it still turns out good.

While rolling the mixture, apply a little butter/ghee/margarine on the palms of your hand and also on the surface of the board to avoid sticking and for smooth rolling.

Vegans can use margarine instead of butter or ghee (clarified butter).

Watch out for my next easy recipe: Chocolate Fudge.

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