With the Ramadan going on there is abundance of beautiful dry fruits available around here these days. I think I’ve mentioned earlier that in Ghana we have a good population of the Lebanese community, and thankfully they have 2 supermarkets here in Accra/Tema without which i don’t think i would’ve survived this country. So being the holy month of Ramadan, they have filled up the supermarkets with exotic Lebanese sweets, tasty traditional treats and wonderful imports of dried figs and dates. When i saw these of course like any food junkie had to buy some right away. And after eating more than half of them just the way they came, and bursting into a face full of zits (oh yes…this stuff is pretty heaty !) i thought now what else can i do with these ? Before i could give it 2 mins of thought, once again it was my hubby to come up with something. He said i used to make these date ” mithai ” (sweet) with all the dry fruits in it … why dont we make that. Its pretty easy, requires nuthing really … just a little bit of effort. I was game, so on a Sunday afternoon with nothing better to do we started making these beautiful discs of goodness. Of course with both of us tucking our hands into the jars and mixing everything up , the measurements flew out of the window. So I’m really sorry i wouldn’t be able to give u some. But then again in u don’t really need them anyways. Just follow your heart.
water to prevent your hands from getting sticky.Ok now i think i covered everything :p . Take the wooden board and place a big piece of cling film on it. Start by spreading out the date paste onto it in a rectangular shape. Make sure its even and we’re going to have to roll it up later. If your hands get sticky dip them in water , and continue. Once we’ve achieved that place the mixed almonds, walnuts, pinenuts in the center and sprinkle the saffron over it. Carefully bring up the sides of the cling film and form a roll/log, enclosing all the nuts in the center. Smooth out the surface and put it in the fridge for about 1/2 an hour just to firm it up a bit. Then get it out of the cling film , sprinkle all the pistachios on a wooden board surface and roll the log in it , covering every bit of it in the beautiful green pistachios. Put in back into the cling film and into the fridge for another 1/2 hr , so that it is firm again. When youStart with a few dried dates- remove the seed and a few dried figs. Roll up your sleeves and on a wooden chopping board start squishing them with your fingers. Yes its a messy affair but its absolutely worth it. Keep going on and on till they have both amalgamated into one fine paste. Keep aside . Now comes the chopping bit. Take 2 handfuls of pistachios and chop them finely as we need these for the finishing touch. Set aside. And now take some almonds, walnuts, and pinenuts, roughly chop them up , this we will use as the center filling. So now with everything ready … oops i forgot, we need some Saffron strands as well , some cling film and also a bowl of are ready bring it out and cut them into even slices. Thats it ! All natural, all healthy and stays in the fridge almost forever , thats if you’ve devoured them by night fall :p .

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noreply@blogger.com (Deborah)

I would love to travel the world one day just to partake of all of the wonderful traditions and food out there! What a beautiful creation you made with your find!

noreply@blogger.com (linda)

Very pretty…the plate too!

noreply@blogger.com (Anh)

Pretty! I enjoy a lot of dried fruits lately, too since my local dried fruit shops stock up for Ramadan!

noreply@blogger.com (Mango Power Girl)

Yummy & so pretty! I can just lift one of these off your plates, its one of my favorite traditional sweets!

You have the best ingredients out there to make these (I can only imagine those markets – sounds very festive!) We made them as well, but we had to use ghee as the dates we get here are too dry!

noreply@blogger.com (Anita)

Sound so tasty, and I love how you used nuts to cover the filling – the contrasting colors are so pretty!

noreply@blogger.com (The Food Traveller)

Gorgeous! It would drive my dad nuts as he loves dried fruit!!!

noreply@blogger.com (Nabeela)

Yummmmmmm! Since Ramadan, I’ve been trying to think of date recipes to use up my big stash…I might end up using your recipe. If so, I’ll let you know!

noreply@blogger.com (Nora B.)

How pretty, Kate. It’s worth getting all sticky, huh? I can only imagine the flavour – dates with almonds, walnuts, pinenuts & saffron. Wonderful!!

noreply@blogger.com (Homesick Texan)

I just want to pop one (or two or three) of these in my mouth right now!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate)

Deborah i sure hope u go to every place that you’ve dreamed of. There are so many cultures and cuisines out there that i think one life time would not be enough to absorb them all 😀

linda …i think i’m a bit guilty here…i made the rolls also so that i could use this plate :p

Anh , always the best time of the year to enjoy the dry fruits !

Mohini …whatz stopping you lol..:P
They are’nt really markets but a supermarket like a 2 storey one . But yes you do decorate it in ribbons and the atmosphere is very nice.Makes you want to buy everything !!!

Anita , thanks so much … the colours do come out with the pistachio coating. I dont think any other nut would’ve done justice.

The Food Traveller ,then u shud make these for you dad !

Nabeela , yes u shud and i would love to know how they turned out.

Nora, getting sticky is the fun part ! Maked you feels like a 3 yr old again :p

noreply@blogger.com (Kate)

Homesick Texan…dont let me stop ya’ !:P

noreply@blogger.com (Mansi Desai)

Kte, this looks absolutely wonderful!!! I’m sure it’ll be so tasty, ‘coz I’ve eaten dry fruit sweets before, and believe me, we bring boxes full of just these when we go to India:)

noreply@blogger.com (Victoria)

MMM, I love date and coconut rolls especially when you throw in some pretty nuts. Gorgeous photos as usual. Speaking of Ramadan, my friend’s mom makes the most beautiful steamed fruit cake for Hari Raya. MMMM. Maybe you should try it and teach me how to go about making a cake that requires 5 hours of steaming! hehehe.

noreply@blogger.com (Rasa Malaysia)

Kate, show me your mapo tofu. 😉

noreply@blogger.com (Mishmash !)

Hello Kate, Thanks for visiting my blog else,perhaps I would have missed your PRETTY blog! Went through all the posts since Jan and just got glued to it…loved the softness and romantic touch in your food presentation and photos and so many “oh..I have to try this..this one too” recipes :)but excited to see a tried and approved Banoffee pie recipe,my friend has been asking for this for a long time…:)


noreply@blogger.com (Maryann)

Wonderful. It’s nice that your husband joined in to create these. I love your site and the photos are great 🙂 I’ll be back.

noreply@blogger.com (Garrett)

THEY LOOK SO CUTE! You know, I’m going to save this recipe for when Christmas comes around. Be great packaged up into little gift packets.

noreply@blogger.com (The Cooking Ninja)

mm…these sounds really yummy 🙂 You got some really nice recipes here 🙂 Love your coloured lamintons 🙂

noreply@blogger.com (Marie)

The photography of your food makes it all look even more delicious. You need to submit them to this great website: http://tastespotting.com

I have entered a couple of mine, and they helped get a lot of traffic to my site. You simply “add the next image”. Check it out. Your stuff looks great!

noreply@blogger.com (Kate)

mansi these were better i can assure as there was no ghee in it !! but of course u cant beat the sweeta frm back home.

victoria , i’ve never heard of Hari raya …maybe u shud ask her for the recipe…i’d be worth a try :p

rasa…u’re late…its long gone 😀

mismash …it was pleasure visiting your blog too :p hope the banoffee tart works out well for your friend.

maryann. My hubby loves cooking and i guess if want for him i would’ve never discovered my talent in cooking 🙂 U are all welcome to drop by …would love to see you around.

garrett …really ! aw i’m blusing now….thanks so much.I think they’d look gr8 …infact maybe in the next or the one after that i’m doing little individually packed sweets.Even those would be perfect for Christmas.

noreply@blogger.com (Kate)

The cooking Ninja , thank you sooo much :p

noreply@blogger.com (Kate)

Marie , this link you’ve given me is gr8 . I had stumbled onto it earlier but never put up any pics…think i will start now. Thanks a million 😛

noreply@blogger.com (Kelly-Jane)

These are just my thing 🙂 Your presentation is so pretty too.

noreply@blogger.com (Alita)

they look so great!
that’s what I can do with my dried dates 🙂


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