I had walnuts sitting in my fridge, I was so bored eating them, also I don’t want it to get spoiled and thrown. I was thinking to make something with it, but again I don’t want anything with sugar, so I thought why not to make sweet using dates, Dates and walnut will be a great combination!…. and I started making The Dates Walnut roll, which is very easy to make, healthy and without sugar.
These rolls are perfect to serve as a sweet for festivals, Munching snacks or anytime you want which is very healthy and way easy to make!
2 Cup Dates/khajoor(finely chopped)
2 Cup Walnuts(slightly roasted and pounded/coarsely grinded)(I used 1 cup)
1/2 Tsp Green cardamom powder(optional)
1/2 tsp Ginger powder (optional)
1/2 Tbsp clarified butter/desi ghee
2- 2 1/2 Tbsp white poppy seeds/ Khaskhas
Heat pan a pan on medium to low heat. Add poppy seeds, stir continuously to roast it evenly, once it starts to splutter(takes around a minutes), remove it from the heat, remove from the pan and set aside.
Heat ghee in a thick bottomed nonstick pan. Add chopped dates and using spatula, crush it till it becomes soft and mushy(it takes few minutes). Mix pounded walnut and cardamom powder together. Add it to dates little by little and mix till it is well combined.
Remove from the kadhai and make a cylindrical roll. On a flat surface, sprinkle roasted poppy seeds evenly and carefully roll the cylindrical roll over poppy seeds, so they can stick evenly all over the sweet roll. Now place that sweet roll into cling wrap, wrap it tightly. Leave it for 1-2 hours or refrigerate it for a hour. Remove cling wrap and using a sharp knife, cut into slices. Store in a cool, dry place. It stays fresh for 2-3 weeks in room temperature.
1) Chopping dates finely helps to mash it.
2)Do not keep the walnut into big chunks, it will make difficult to form a roll.
3) Do not over cook the dates, it will be dry. It will make difficult to mix the walnuts and from into roll.
4)If it becomes dry , add 1-2 Tbsp milk and mix well. It will moist the mixture.
5)If mixture sticks to palm while rolling it, apply some ghee to the palms to avoid sticking.
6)Make sure the roll cools completely before slicing it.
7)One can use the combination of Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios instead of just walnut.