Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Coconut - Nuts and Dates Ball.

Coconut - Nuts and Dates Ball is a sweet dish and you can munch them any time of the day. It is an healthy laddu since it contain no sugar.


Lets see some benefits of having Dates in our diet. 
Eating dates everyday is a healthy habit especially for women. It is full of minerals, vitamin and fiber.
Lets see some benefits of having dates every day.
Dates helps in anemia, intestinal disorder, diarrhea and constipation. They are good for gaining weight. They contain calcium, sulfur, iron and potassium, manganese, copper, phosphorous and magnesium. These minerals are necessary for balanced and healthy diet.
I have used some dates, figs, cashews, almonds, poppy seeds and a little copra. (Dry coconut). 
Lets see the recipe now:

Things Needed 

Dates : 500 Grams (Fresh and soft )
Figs : 4 to 5 
Poppy Seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Cashews :  1/2 Cup or 4 to 5 Tablespoons. (Cut it into small pieces).
Almonds : 10 to 15
Dry coconut : 1 Cup (Grated)

 Method :

1. Cut cashews, figs in to small pieces. 
2. Dry grind almonds into powder form.
3. Dry grind coconut and keep it aside. 
4. Remove seeds from dates and smash it nicely. (Use fresh dates).
5. Now take a big bowl. Put dates, cashews figs and kneed it. Add coconut powder and powdered almonds.
6. Kneed it slowly and let it form a dough. Now divide the dough in to small portions.
7. Take a small portion of the dates mixture and form a round shape like a small ball.
8. Keep poppy seeds in a tray. Roll the dates ball on poppy seeds and arrange in a tray or plate.
9. Repeat the same and do the rest of date and Nuts ball.
10. Arrange them on a tray and serve/eat any time of the day

Note : 

Use fresh dates to prepare laddu. It helps to hold the ingredients tightly. You can also use some jaggery if you like more sweets in the laddu. (Grate or powder jaggery and then add it). Adding any nuts is optional. It is a healthy laddu which can be sent school kids with their lunch/snack box. Diabetic people also can have them since no sugar is added in this laddu. Adding some glucose biscuits is optional. ( I have not added). You need to kneed the ingredients well. You can fry cashews in ghee if you want to. (optional).
Time : 30 Minutes
20 Laddus can be prepared. (Depending on the size).

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