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Dates Halwa - Dates halwa with dates, coconut, unrefined jaggery powder and ghee - Easy dessert with dates - Naatu Sarkkarai Sweet Recipes

Dates halwa - prepared with dates, coconut, unrefined jaggery  and ghee. There are lots of halwas I have tried before, but never tried halwa with dates. Today I am going to share my own version of the dates halwa recipe along with a short video. 

This dates halwa is prepared with three simple methods. The dates itself has a soft texture which is suitable for halwa but it should be soaked in water or milk for 2 to 3 hours to get a smooth consistency. After soaking, we have to grind the dates without any solid pieces so that it would be easy to mix with sugar. To add some extra taste, I have also added 1 cup fresh grated coconut so that the halwa gets doubled and the texture is also good. After grinding the dates and coconut, the mixture is mixed with unrefined jaggery powder and ghee. Then, the mixture must be cooked in the ghee for 15 to 20 minutes until you get a thick halwa. 
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Here is a short video for Dates Halwa


Dates Halwa with step by step instructions 

Prep time : 15 minutes 
Cook time : 30 minutes 
Yields : 2 cups
Category : dessert 
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan 

Ingredients
  • 2 cup seedless dates
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1.5 cups unrefined jaggery powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 10 cashew nuts

Cooking Directions

Measure and add seedless dates in a vessel. Soak the dates with 3 to 5 cups of water for 2 to 3 hours. 
After 3 hours add it to a big mixer jar along with the grated coconut  and grind it with the soaked water.
Heat a heavy bottomed kadai and fry the cashew nuts until golden brown and transfer it to a plate. Next add the grounded dates coconut paste and stir it for a few minutes.
Next add the grounded dates coconut paste and stir it continuously for a few minutes. 
Add 1.5 cups unrefined jaggery powder and add 3 tbsp ghee and cook the halwa on low flame, stirring every few minutes. If the halwa splutters, close it with a lid leaving a small gap and cook.
Add 3 tbsp ghee and cook the halwa on low flame, stirring every few minutes. If the halwa splutters, close it with a lid leaving a small gap for a few minutes.

Add 4 tbsp ghee and stir it continuously. As the halwa started to thicken, add cardamom powder and roasted cashew nuts. Add the remaining ghee, and stir the halwa until it gets thick. 

When it gets thick and turn off the heat. Keep it in the kadai heat for 20 to 30 minutes and transfer the halwa to a greased container. Delicious dates halwa is ready to serve. 

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