As we get different varieties and good quality dates here , we buy it often and also take it to our home during every vacation without fail. But I had rarely made any desserts out of them. If nuts and dates are served to me, I would love to finish off the nuts first. Nuts is something that I love to have anytime. I thought of preparing dates and nuts halwa, I ended up making something easy; dates and nuts laddoo. ;-) This doesn't take much time and very simple. The aroma of ghee along with the coconut and nutty flavor was extremely good. And do I need to mention that it was absolutely delicious ?!!
Dates - chopped -1 1/2 cup
Mixed Nuts - chopped - 1/3 cup
Ghee 1 tbsp
Desiccated coconut / coconut powder 2 tsp
Chop dates and nuts.
Heat ghee in a pan on a low flame. Add chopped nuts. Fry for a few seconds until a nutty aroma arises.
Now add chopped dates. Mix well. Sprinkle desiccated coconut. Give it a mix.
Make small balls or laddoos when it is bearable hot and then serve.
Makes 12-13 medium sized balls.
Notes: I used walnuts, pistachios and almonds. You can add any other nuts of your choice. I didn't add sugar as there is enough sweetness in the dates.
You can also chop dates and nuts using blender, but make sure it doesn't ground much like a paste. You can avoid coconut powder if you do not want it.