Friday, 17 October 2014

Dates Figs and Nuts Roll

This is one of the sweets I love to make and eat with less guilt. 
This roll does not have any added sugar or honey, all the sweetness comes from dates and figs, which is natural, at the same time it is not too sweet, you can gobble on second piece of roll with less guilt. 
This roll is easy to make and has a long shelf life compared to other sweets, can be made ahead. I think that's because of all natural ingredients that go in making of this roll. Loads of nuts of your choice can be added to make it more healthy, I have added cashew in my roll, but completely optional.
Rest of the nuts are loaded with nutrients,can be also used as energy bars. Perfect to send with lunch boxes for snack time.

Ghee - 1 and 1/2 tablespoon,
Dates - 300 grams,
Figs - 200 grams(dried),
Pistachio - 1/4 cup,
Almonds - 1/4 cup,
Cashew - 1/4 cup,
Walnuts - 1/4 cup,
Poppy Seeds - 2 Tablespoon.

I have used medjool dates as they are supposed to be the best dates.
Chop all the nuts and dry roast, until it gives out nutty flavour. Keep aside.
You can either dry roast each nut separately or like me, mix all the nuts and dry roast.
Dry roast poppy seeds, until it is slightly browned and gives the roasted flavour. But take care not to burn it and it turns black. As poppy seeds turns black very fast. Keep aside. 
Chop figs and dates finely and pulse them in mixer or food processor.
In a broad thick pan, add ghee and heat it.
Add pulsed figs and dates, and fry in medium low flame, constantly stirring.
Within 3-5 minutes the figs and dates turn pulpy.
Add roasted nuts and mix well.
Remove from heat.
Allow it to cool to room temperature, or just warm.
Rub a little ghee on your hands and roll them into logs.
Roll these logs on the roasted poppy seeds, so they logs are coated very well.
Refrigerate this logs for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
Cut them in rounds and enjoy.

Adding poppy seeds is completely optional, rest of the procedure can be followed and make a tasty roll.
Adding nuts can be of your choice, you can also add any other nuts of your choice.

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