Friday, September 24, 2010

Tumr bel Nargine - Dates with Coconut from KSA

If you feel it is an out of world  dish after reading the name then you are wrong. These are nothing but simple dates cooked and stuffed with almonds and rolled in coconut and served.I was searching for Saudi recipes when I came upon this dish here.I have slightly modified it and  avoided deep frying blanched almonds but simply lightly roasted them.

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.

This is not much of a recipe and am not even sure whether these can be called desserts as these can be consumed anytime and lets see whether Aparna accepts this as bite size desserts for SHF #69 - Bite Size Desserts, an event by the Domestic Goddess Jennifer.

 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.



Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

That's a healthy and flavorful cuties.

Priya Suresh said...

Woww healthy dessert, looks fabulous..

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

These are lovely, Sweatha. And they are perfect for SHF because the theme includes sweets too, just that they need to be bite size. Thanks for sending them in.

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