Dates Varattiyathu

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Ingredients:-

  1. Dates – 250 grams; seeded
  2. Chana dal – 3/4 cup
  3. Water – 1.75 cups
  4. Coconut mik powder – 1.5 heaping tbsps.
  5. Solid Ghee – 2 tbsps.+ 2 tbsps.; divided
  6. Sugar – 3/4 to 1 cup (Depends on the sweetness of the dates you use)
  7. Cashews – 1/4 cup; coarsely chopped
  8. Powdered cardamom – 1 tsp.
  9. Powdered cumin – 3/4 tsp.
  10. Salt – a pinch

Method:-

  1. Soak the dates in hot water for 1 hour. Drain the water from the dates and keep the dates aside.
  2. Cook the chana dal adding water in a pressure cooker. Simmer for 15 minutes after the first whistle. Add the coconut milk powder and mix.
  3. Grind the cooked dal along with sugar and dates to a smooth paste.
  4. Heat 2 tbsps. of ghee in a heavy bottom pan & add the dates-chana dal paste. Also stir in the chopped cashews. Cook till the mixture starts to come together as a mass and leave the sides of the pan. Add the remaining 2 tbsps. of ghee as you cook the mixture. Add the salt, powdered cardamom and cumin. Transfer this mixture to a greased cake tin/ plate and cover with a foil.
  5. Cook in the steamer for 30-35 minutes.
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