Dates: 1 cup
Butter: 2 tbsp
Almonds: 10 + blanched,peeled and lightly roasted
Coconut: 1/2 cup +
Deseed and chop the dates into small pieces.Heat a pan and melt butter in it. Add the dates to this and mmix well.Cook on medium-low fire stirring periodically so that the dates are cooked and they start to lose the shape.You can continue cooking till they resemble a paste and stick to the pan.This is optional and I did not wait till they were completely mashed. Remove from heat and cool.
Meanwhile,blanch almonds for a minute in hotwater and then peel them.You can deepfry these peeled almonds in corn/vegetable oil. I did not and instead simply roasted almonds stovetop using a small pan.
Pinch small pieces of date dough and shape into balls.Traditionally finger shaped rolls are preferred but I went for round ones. Stuff a roasted almond with it,shape it to finish and roll it in coconut -fresh/dessicated - and serve.
Meanwhile this visits AWED: Saudi Arabia at Kitchen Samraj, an event by dear DK.The estimate gives almost 10 date balls depending on how big they are.