Last week my sister bought some packets of dates for me from Dubai. She said that her friend in Dubai had given her the recipe for dates halwa, so why not try it? We decided to try it out the next day itself. The recipe contained wheat, but you can avoid it if required. Regarding the nuts too, you can use nuts as you desire. I made the halwa exactly as was in the recipe and I should say that it came out really well. Dates halwa is so delicious and I thought I need to share it immediately. Here is the recipe.
Recipe for dates halwa
- Dates: 1 cup
- Sugar: ¼ cup (if the dates are not very sweet, you can use ½ cup sugar)
- Water: ¼ cup
- Ghee: ½ cup
- Milk: 2 cups
- Cardamom: 1-2
- Cashew nuts: 10
- Almonds: 10
- Pistachios: 10
- Wheat flour: 1 tbsp (optional)
- Desiccated coconut:
- It would be better to use seedless dates for making the halwa. If there are seeds, first remove the seeds of the dates.
- Make sugar syrup. Mix the sugar with water and bring to boil. Boil the mixture till the sugar gets completely dissolved and you get sugar syrup.
- Remove the skin of the cardamoms and powder the seeds.
- Fry 1 tbsp of ghee in a pan. I always recommend using non stick pan when making halwa, to avoid the halwa from getting stuck in the pan. Fry the cashew nuts in ghee, till they turn brown in color. Remove the cashew nuts from the pan and keep aside.
- Place the almonds in a bowl and pour hot water over it and leave aside for half an hour. Then remove the skins of the almonds and cut them into thin strips. Keep aside.
- If you are using wheat flour, then roast the heat flour in a pan till it turns light brown.
- Grease a tray with 2 tbsp of ghee and keep it ready.
- Boil the milk. Soak the dates in hot milk and keep it aside for one hour for the dates to become soft.
- When the milk is cold, grind the dates and milk to a fine paste.
- If you are using wheat flour, mix the dates paste with the flour.
- Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in the pan.
- Add the ground dates-milk mixture and stir and cook the mixture on a medium flame.
- Add the sugar syrup and continue cooking and stirring.
- When the mixture becomes to thicken, add half of the ghee and keep stirring.
- Cook till the halwa becomes a lump and leaves the sides of the pan.
- Add remaining ghee, cardamom and nuts and continue to stir for about 2-3 minutes.
- Switch of the flame.
- Add desiccated coconut and mix well.
- Pour the halwa into the greased tray and even it with a flat spoon.
- Cut into desired shape when cool.