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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Almond Stuffed Dates

Dates
Abundant in the Middle East,sometimes referred as "Bread of the dessert" ,Dates are a bundle of nutrition.Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) recommended them as ideal food to break the fast ,for its has just the needed nutrition which our body needs after long hours of fasting in Ramadan.The Sweet dates were in fact the only fruit ,Maryam(May Allah be pleased with her),the mother of Prophet Jesus(peace be upon him) had taken to rejuvenate herself after the exhaustion of labor and delivery.The fruit also has stimulants that strengthen the muscles of the uterus, which helps with dilation at the time of delivery and reduces the bleeding after delivery.They are also beneficial for the new born babies,as it enriches the mother's milk.

Almond Stuffed Dates

On visit to Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah,the travelers never miss buying the the sweet dates of Madinah stuffed with whole almonds,a perfect gift for family back home.I was fortunate to get this delightful gift on many occasions.

The sweetness of dates pair perfectly with the bland nuts. Almonds are my most favored nuts,I've learned so much about its nutrition benefits ,that's it clearly one of the best nuts. For long I just knew of using them in gravy ,breads or tossed in to salads,then most recently the almond milk .Since I frequently make the almond milk,and always have to find ways to use its pulp leftover after straining out the milk.Stuffing the dates with this left over almond pulp turned out to a perfect dessert.Extra flavor from saffron and roasted pistachios enhances sumptuousness of the dessert,soon to become one my favorite simple sweet treats.

(Recipe adapted from myrecipes
Ingredients
12 Medjool dates ,lengthwise slit and pitted
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup milk
pinch of saffron strands
1/4 cup roasted pistachios,coarsely ground.

Method

Soak the almonds over night in clean cold water.Next morning skin them and grind to a fine paste,add about 2 tablespoon of water to make the paste.
Warm the milk in a small saucepan,stir in the saffron and the almond paste,cook on low heat until mixture is dry.When all dry,mix in the pistachios,reserve a tablespoon to sprinkle later.When cool enough to handle,stuff about a teaspoon full of mixture in each of the dates.Sprinkle with reserved pistachios and serve.

The Almond stuffed dates are my entry for Weekend Wokking : Almonds,host of the month is Darlene of Blazing hot wok.

68 comments:

Varsha Vipins said...

Thats such a bunch of goodness..yummyyyyy..Ill have to try this..:)Good way to use the used almond left-overs..:)

Smitha said...

nice info. There are very few items that I can think of that have dates. This one's a great addition to that list:)

ttfn300 said...

oh wow, these look AMAZING!!

Vibaas said...

those are yummy and a great snack for kids.

Bharti said...

Dates stuffed with almonds are a perennial fav. in my home. I always pick up tons of those packages in Dubai..we eat them practically everyday and I always have them int he car for the kiddos on the way back from school. I do think they offer a power house of instant nutrition and energy. I love this stuffed date recipe Yasmeen. It looks royal and reminds me of those lovely gourmet date boutiques in Dubai. Yummy.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

wonderful snack,full of goodness and nice presentation from you!

Darlene said...

I have been wanting to try these tasties, but there aren't very easy to find here in Portland. Now I know how to make them! Since they have milk, do they need to be kept cool or eaten fairly quickly?

Zee said...

Wonderful! I usually make walnut stuffed dates...this one is a superb idea..gotta try it surely..thanks for the recipe..:)

Dershana said...

I've always stuffed dates with plain, toasted almonds. This sounds such a yummy, different way. Love the idea of adding pistachios.

Lavanya said...

wow..looking yummy ..great idea!!!

Sharmila said...

Almonds are my fav too Yasmeen ... and not only because chewing a few relives me from acidity instantly. :-) Love the idea of stuffing them into dates. :-)

Sanghi said...

Yasmeen, you always give us Nature's best and healthiest Recipies! Tastily...@@! splendid dear!

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice healthy recipe...its different..do check this and gv ur suggestions

http://myhandicraftscollection.blogspot.com/2009/03/kids-friendly-crafts-event-round-up.html

jayasree said...

I have seen plain almonds stuffed inside dates. Your recipe is interesting. Looks delicious.

Priya said...

Gorgeous dates!! love the stuffed idea, realfeast for dry fruits lover na!!

Happy cook said...

Wow wow yumm. I have seen this in speciality shops, never had them. Looks so yummy.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

They look yummy. Hear in shops we get the dates stuffed with whole almonds. But you have stuffed it with a mixture of almonds. Looks very tempting.

sriharivatsan said...

Wow, thatz so cute, packed with healthiness...Superb and fantastic idea Yasmeen...

Pls revert back tome, you have got something waiting over dere..

notyet100 said...

healthy nd yummyu,,.:-)

sangeeta said...

you are such a creative soul......an artist.....

badam katli comes to my mind when i think of your leftover pulp.....what say??

Asha said...

Beautiful, double whammy of delicious snack to have. Send this to Go nuts-Almonds event too.

Yasmeen said...

Thank you all for dropping by and the pleasant comments:)

Darlene,cause I did not use any fat,the mixture may get dry if kept longer than a day in a refrigerator,unless you decide to add in some butter:)

Sangeeta,katli is a tasty idea,will try it.thanks:)

Ashwini said...

Wow drooling over that healthy snack...Nice idea..

vidhas said...

Its very innovative and healthy snack. Surely kids will love it. Yasmeen you always rock gal. Something is waiting kinldy accept.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

I love this. Great use of leftover pulp and a tasty dessert.

Cham said...

I am huge fan of dates, I always stores on my countertop, just to snack it. Great way to use the almond in date after straining!

jouhayna said...

hmmmmmmm I like it
thanks

Vicky Xavier. said...

Never imagined such a good dessert. Much useful for me dear.
Almond stuffed dates look gorgeous.

Muneeba said...

These look so much better than the ones I bought from the Dubai duty-free a few months ago! They'll make for great snacks when guests come over - thks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

I LOVE stuffed dates!!!!

Superchef said...

its like goodness stuffed with lots more of goodness!!! :D looks yummy..

check out what i have for you in my blog! :)

JASMINA said...

Hi Yasmeen,

dates are great!In Italy they stuff them with mascarpone.

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Uj said...

Looks yummy. One of our family friend gifted me a box full of dates stuffed with whole almonds. It was so good.. Looks yummy. We do not get black dates here :(

Poornima Nair said...

What a healthy treat...During the month of Ramzaan, Mohammad Ali Road in Mumbai is packed with stalls selling all kinds of goodies in the evening, thats where I had these a few times and I love it...This reminded me of all those evenings...looks awesome...

Chandani said...

dates and almond combination looks wonderful yasmeen..

hijabee said...

Very creative again! I'm gonna have to try this. Looks Yummy!

Soma said...

A plate of delicious goodness. i had seen stuffed dates someplace else before & had been wanting to make some. u added saffron & pistachious!! gorgeous!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delightful treat! Nice combo!

Cheers,

Rosa

Ann said...

Yasmeen ,thats a great treat for kinds..dates and almond..you are the superchef.!!

Poornima Nair said...

hey Yasmeen..Got somthing for u in my blog...

sra said...

That's a cool idea - using almond pulp!

AnuSriram said...

Looks gorgeous! Nice recipe! Healthy and Costly too;D

Ramya Bala said...

delicious one....:)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo mouthwatering dates...nice click..

Sanghi said...

Collect ur awards from my blog da..:)

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, what a lovely treat...I am going to try this right away...thanks for sharing this wonderful sweet. Very nutritious dessert, guilt free...

Uma said...

stuffing dates is a great idea Yasmeen! looks so yummy! Not to mention healthy!

nick said...

smart idea,I love these stuffed dates.

Anonymous said...

food coming right up

n33ma said...

This is such a good combo...dates and almonds wow and so healthy.

Anjum said...

wow stuffed dates look awesome yasmeen...good job

Preety said...

if anyone is feeling innovative..plz drop by here..this is the best place to find all the goodness in food with unique ideas..another gr8 one yasmeen

Sophie said...

These could double as an appetizer and delicious snack! They're also naturally sweet, great treat.

Cynthia said...

A double delight!

Lori said...

Yum! I love dates and nuts!

Jeena said...

Lucky you getting these for a gift.

Almonds and dates are so healthy, what a great treat to eat.

I love the pics. :-)

VeggieGirl said...

Soooo delectable!!

Kevin said...

Those stuffed dates look good!

Gita's Kitchen said...

This is such a delicious recipe Yasmeen, I can have it for breakfast too... love it

Priti said...

Pic is making me drool....wonderful and healthy recipes...thanks for sharing

MamaFaMi said...

I will surely love these!

sangeeta said...

all well?
you dint post anything new for a while now.......

Rathna said...

Hi Yasmeen,
You have won MEO-Concept award. Congratulations ! Please check it out !

Shabs.. said...

this one looks absolutely gorgeous....can i have a few....?and nice info too....

Rumela said...

Dates stuffed with almonds - an excellent combination. I am going to try this recipe. It will make an excellent stuffed at any party.

jayasri said...

Oh! my god, absolutely delicious, i love both of them, i always keep on looking anything with dates, mmm.., this one is simply superb i will definitely give this a try soon enough i have loads of dates, going through the recipe was mouthwatering...

SamS said...

gorgeous!gorgeous!

jayasri said...

Hi, yasmeen back again!!, I made this and my kids and hubby loved it!!, the best part was I served it to my hubby's Muslim friend who visited my house during Ramzan, he broke his fast eating this, and said it was so delicious, and he had never had this before!!, The remaining stuffing I added more milk and grind it into a fine paste and made kheer out of it!! as I had made too much of the stuffing, again I have a box of dates, My friend got me a box of dates stuffed almonds from dubai!!, I love it, I kept searching for this recipe today I bookmarked it!!, The worst thing was I wrote to Lubna and thanked for the recipe, poor girl she wrote me back to say that I might have got confused!! :), thanks for the recipe, it's a keeper

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