Saturday, January 30, 2010

Date and Almond Laddu - Moroccon Dessert

This is a sweet that I had made way back during Diwali. It is very easy to make plus lots healthier than the other sweets normally associated with Diwali since this does not include any ghee and needs no sugar to be added. The Dates give the natural sweetness to this dessert. If you find it a little subtle on the sweetness quotient you may add some sugar like how I did. Else you can avoid it totally.
I give this recipe two thumbsup for anyone who has just started cooking and wants to show thier little culinary expertise to friends and family!!

The original recipe can be found at Alia's site for Moroccon cuisine. According to Alia, dates are prominently used to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan and this sweet is widely used during this season.

I have made the sweet with some changes. So here goes.


  • 2 cups of De-seeded Dates (Used the Lion Brand)

  • 2 cups Roasted Almonds

  • Dessicated Coconut (I used the Maggi Brand)

  • 2 tablespoons of honey

  • 2 tbsp of castor sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of Rose water

  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder

  • Method:

  • In a double boiler steam the dates for 20 minutes.

  • Now take the dates and the almonds in a mixie and make a paste out of the same.

  • When done, add honey, cinnamon, castor sugar and rose water and mix into a dough.

  • Make laddus from the paste and then roll them into the dessicated coconut. Enjoy!!

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