Dates are the ones always up to satisfy the sweet tooth. Well valued for its sweetness, exotic flavour and portability dates have never ceased to amaze a foodie.
My mum has seven brothers and two sisters. Along with the Gulf Malayali move, a predominant number of them had moved to various Gulf countries. They have become successful businessmen and have established themselves well.
Now the arrival of my uncles and their families during holidays meant I will be hanging around in my grandmother’s place. Being the hang around niece(perhaps the only one most of the time) had its privileges, grandmom will mix up a pitcher of colourful tang, which comes with their gifts for her. We could have the orange nectar for tea time, mmmm and get to lick the last bits of extra sugar syrup too. While leaving towards the end of the holidays
Grandmom will hand over a small box of the juiciest ever Medjool dates, a bar or two of chocolate, some pencils, a sweet-smelling eraser and if lucky a couple of pens.
This was so precious as it was the whole loot for the show off at school. The yummy part of it definitely would be to have dates stuffed with almonds. Being a picky eater mom would save up all those dates for me as I would agree to have a glass of milk to trade for one of these dates. Mind you, there was plenty of available in the local markets of Calicut, but none so soft and juicy.
As I grew the dates flooded the markets and they ceased to be the delicacy they were in my childhood.
Current pairings and plating
Now that I have a much elaborate palate I do vary the stuffings to try them. They make the best guessing grabs on an appetizer plate, a perfect talking point or the best dessert platter. None the less, it is the least effort recipe you can work on. Here are best-voted combinations both sweet and savoury.
- Peanut butter
- Cream cheese and orange
- Almond and rose
- Chaat masala, tamarind paste, salt
- Cheese and spinach
- Chocolate-dusted almond
- Coconut and chocolate
- Roasted oats and ginger
- Mava and poppy seeds
- Lemon and peppers
- Tomato paste and chilli
- Matri Crackers and banana
You can pretty much create a make your own combination platter with the dates, nuts, cheese and other variants. It is so fun to see the ones people come up with. So have fun entertaining with effortless creations.
For all the Peanut butter to stuff in, try this
Here is another collection of dessert sandwiches
This recipe has been submitted to A to Z recipe for the alphabet D. Hope you enjoy these for your upcoming party.