Khajur Paak is one of my absolutely favorite sweets, it is so simple to make and so nutritious! I still love all the Diwali sweets loaded with ghee and sugar, but not as much as this simple Khajur Paak (as we call it in Gujarati) or Date Nut Slices.
When you live in a world with so much access to good food, you can forget that simple foods are the best, homemade with just a few ingredients. Nuts were so expensive when I was growing up in India, we did only enjoy these occasionally or during festivals. I am grateful that I had almost no processed food growing up, which meant I got to eat treats like these date rolls.
Here is my mom’s basic recipe that I published for my local pbs, with my simple techniques, to make these: Date Nut Slices.
Below Recipe and post was originally published at kcts9 website.
By Mohini Patel Glanz
October 26, 2016
Diwali is the biggest holiday in India, a week-long festival of food and fireworks — two things that bridge a lot of cultural divides. Despite being a holiday of Hindu origins, Indians of all backgrounds celebrate Diwali, and the White House has celebrated it every year since 2003, with President Obama continuing a tradition started by President Bush.
Sharing homemade foods is something everyone will do for Diwali. You may also see homes lit up with oil lamps, called diyas, in the evenings, and people making rangoli, which are patterns created with colored sand, like Tibetan Mandalas.
Date nut slices are a childhood favorite of mine, perfect for cooler weather. My family made them in winter and especially for Diwali. They are a good last-minute treat if you are looking for a healthy snack, as they are quick to make and kids love them. My recipe does not use processed sugar, and it is grain-free and dairy-free, if you replace the ghee.
This sweet is also a variation of what many Muslims in South Asia and the Middle East make for Ramadan and Eid. Try making date nut slices as a healthy alternative or in addition to your holiday fudge and cookies!
Date Nut Slices Recipe
2 teaspoons ghee (clarified butter; for a vegan version, use a light cooking oil)
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
3 cups pitted dates, roughly chopped
½ cup raw cashews, small pieces
½ cup raw almonds, small pieces
½ cup raw pistachios, small pieces
Finely ground pistachios or shredded coconut, to coat
1. In a heavy-bottom saucepan, heat a teaspoon of the ghee or oil on low heat.
2. Toast all the nuts until they are lightly browned.
3. Mix ground cardamom in the toasted nuts and remove from pan.
4. Heat the second teaspoon of ghee or oil in the same pan, and cook the chopped dates, stirring for 7-10 minutes, until pieces melt down into a soft pulp.
5. Add the nuts back in and incorporate evenly into the dates. Turn off the heat.
6. Move the date mixture quickly to a sheet of parchment paper while still warm, and shape into a log using the paper. A sushi mat around the parchment works very well to shape a nice, even log.
7. Spread ground pistachios or shredded coconut in a baking tray. Take the date log out of the parchment and roll it in the ground pistachios to coat evenly.
8. Refrigerate the date log for about an hour, then cut slices as thick as you like with a serrated knife. Store your date nut slices in an airtight container in a cool place, for up to a few weeks.
Yield: 2 dozen slices
Find more festive Indian dessert recipes like Kheer and Carrot Halwa.