“There is no sincere love than the love of food”- George Bernard Shaw
This quote is probably the best one to describe the tryst between Bengalis and food! Bong’s obsession with good food is a well-known fact. In most Bengali families the day starts with the thought of food and ends with the planning for the next day’s menu. Even while eating one meal, they plan for the next one! Hence a Bengali Mom’s kitchen is always open and forever functional! Born in a typical Bengali family I too grew up with the idea that food is an essential (actually it is) part of our life and good and nutritious food is very important for the development of body and mind! Now, good and nutritious, though an oxymoron does sound interesting and challenging! Thus my next recipe is an endeavor to present a nourishing and nutritious sweet option,an amalgamation of health and taste.
In today’s world no one wants to spend much time in the kitchen. So today, when the thought of making something special popped in my mind and I had no intention of spending hours preparing it, Date Roll struck to my mind! Since this recipe doesn’t require many ingredients, my very next step was to get into the kitchen and set the ball roll(ing..) for Date Roll 🙂
Preparation Time: 45 min
Setting Time: 2 hrs (approx)
- Dates :500 gm
- Poppy seeds: 4 tbsp
- Dry fruits (Almonds,
- Pista,Cashew):1/4 cup
- Ghee / Butter: 2 tbsp.
In a non stick wok dry roast poppy seeds on medium flame till it leaves aroma! Spread it in a flat plate or tray. Deseed dates and chop them very finely. Put ghee/butter in the wok, add the dates and mix with a wooden spatula constantly on medium flame till it becomes mushy. At this point be careful and reduce the heat to avoid overcooking! Add dry fruits and mix thoroughly. Take it off the gas. Roll the dough, when still warm, into two small or one big cylinder. Roll in poppy seeds properly. Let it come to room temperature. Wrap in aluminium foil and refrigerate for almost two hrs. Cut into equal sections along its length when it is firm. Store in an airtight container and enjoy this guilt-free sweet whenever you crave for something sweet! It stays fresh in normal cool temperature for almost 7 days and in the refrigerator for a month! Though it can be relished round the year, winter is the best time to have it.
Few years back I came across this recipe on Facebook! Though it’s a very simple procedure to follow, on my first attempt it didn’t come up very well as the sticky texture didn’t satisfy my perfectionist nature. The second time when I tried this it was a complete failure, as out of an experiment I ground the dates in a mixer before putting in the wok! But practice makes a woman perfect, so this time it was a 100% success and its beautiful natural colour and smooth texture is a treat for the eyes!
This savory is naturally sweet as it doesn’t contain any added sugar! And without putting much effort it’s ready to be served. So enjoy this sugar-free, guilt-free, effortless sweet and let your body gets nourished by the goodness of Dates and dry fruits! Happy dating 😊