Sweet almond pattie

When you have lots of almonds in the fridge what do you do?
I transformed them into an almond and date paste to make my own recipe and I called it sweet almond pattie.
I guess these ground almonds were blanched as they had a very pale taste and we dint like it much. We had to use it as I’ve asked my dad to get me almond powder and he ended up bringing a lot of ground almonds. So I decided to try some sweets with almond filling.
Below is my recipe.

 
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Recipe

Pattie
Ingredients
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons ghee
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Water as required
2 pinches of baking powder

Method
1. Mix all the ingredients together and roll over a board using a rolling pin.
2. Apply ghee and sprinkle with flour.
3. Fold into 2 and roll again till its thin and even.
4. Cut small circles or any other desired shapes and place over a lightly floured surface.
5. Place the filling and fold into half.
6. Deep fry in hot oil until crispy and golden brown.

Almond filling
ingredients
A handful of almonds
3 or more cashew nuts
3 or more dates deseeded
A drop of vanilla essence
1 teaspoon fresh cream
Sugar or any sugar substitute as required

method
1. Blend altogether using a hand mixer to a fine paste.
2. Transfer the mixture onto a small pan and add sone butter or ghee.
3. let it cook for a few minutes until the mixture is thick and starts to leave the sides of the pan.

Once the patties are fried drizzle a bit of honey or treacle on top for extra sweetness.

Now the filling is ready to spread.
Add a few drops of food coloring to give it a more colorful look.
Use any other type of nuts instead of almonds.
Substitute sugar with kithul treacle or stevia extract.
Omit the sugar and prepare this dish finally serve those sweet toothed guests with a garnish of honey or treacle.

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My First Dates Cake

My Dates Story

I love date cakes and who doesn’t,  dates are so rich in iron and are naturally sweet. During my third trimester of pregnancy I had gestational diabetes and had to cut down sugar intake completely. As a sweet lover it was difficult but as a food blogger it was fun. I gradually started enjoying the natural flavours of the food I ate while I started forgetting it was sugar free tea and coffee. You can experience the real taste of coffee and tea when there is less sugar but I was not a fan of muesli and had to have weetabix for breakfast.  As a person who has never tasted it I thought it must be like rusk and bought a large pack of weetabix. I was so disappointed by the taste of weetabix.  It was so bland and had no flavour at all so I had to add a few dates to my breakfast cereal.  Although worried of the natural sweetness in dates I had to eat for my baby.
We usually have dates in sri lanka when its ramazan or if someone brings from abroad.  But since moving to dubai I have been having it very often as  my husband likes to have a few dates with his weekend biriyani or rice and curry. Its delicious try it.
So dates is always available at home in dubai while its the same story back in sri lanka. My dad gets dates from friends while he also buys them, he too enjoys having a few dates every now and then. So I’ve always wanted to make some dates cake with the extras and last week I decided to finish off a pack of dates that was laying on the shelf for the past three months. My dad got a box from riyadh and we had more leftover after sharing.

I was browsing through my recipe books for a dates cake recipe and couldn’t find one specifically for dates cake. I decided to go through some rich fruit cake recipe and used the ingredients as an inspiration.
I’ve learnt a dates cake recipe at my cake decorating school during my basic course yet I decided to keep it for later and create my own recipe.

So here is how I made my first dates cake.
Ingredients
2 eggs
75 gm wheat flour
75 gm sugar
125 gm margarine
150 gm dates deseeded
A handful of mixed nuts I used almonds and cashew nuts.
4 pinches of baking powder

Instructions
1. Beat margarine and sugar.
2. Stir in eggs one at a time with the 4 pinches of baking powder.
3. Blend the dates and nuts to a coarse paste.
4. Stir in to the egg mixture.
5. Fold in the flour.
6. Butter and flour a baking pan and spread the batter.
7. Bake in a moderate oven according to normal baking timings.
8. Serve warm with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

I made a small 6 inch cake with the above ingredients double the quantity to increase size, if you dont like the nuts to be a bit chewy blend it into a fine paste.
Add flour little by little and if the mixture is too runny add a few tablespoons of flour to obtain the correct consistency.
The correct consistency is the normal cake batter but with a bit thickness due to the nuts and dates.
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Healthy option for diabetes patients;
Substitute the sugar with 1/2 a cup kithul treacle or honey.
You can even use stevia extract, add just a table spoon instead of 75 grams.

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Molakia porridge with semolina

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I remember when I was young my mum used to make a porridge with a type of green leaves that was blended to a juice using a mortal and pestle and the juice was mixed into semolina or white raw rice to make a thick porridge which was served with a spicy gravy left over from the previous days lunch or dinner and sometimes a katta sambol or with a piece of juggery for the little ones to make them eat the green healthy porridge for the love of sweet juggery.
Since moving into Dubai I have never seen those leaves and even if I do see a few variety of leaves I cannot recognize them.
Few months back I was walking towards the frozen vegetables section and was very inquisitive to find out what those small packets that was labelled as molakia were and asked my husband. He confirmed it was those same green leaves I used to drink long time back as a porridge. As a person who dint have English as a mother language I only knew what the leaves were called in Tamil and Sinhala. it was modakathan. I decided to buy those packs and try them out although I was a bit in doubt as to what they might be and how they might taste.

I tried the traditional recipe that was passed to me by my family.

Recipe for molakia with semolina

Ingredients
100 gms molakia leaves (chopped)
1/2 cup semolina
2 pinches of salt
2 teaspoons of thick coconut milk
3 cups Water

Cooking instructions
1. Wash the semolina and add into a pot with room temperature water and molakia leaves.
2. Sprinkle two pinches of salt.
3. And cook over a medium low heat stirring continuously until the semolina is cooked and the mixture starts to boil.
4. Add two teaspoons of thick coconut milk and continue cooking while stirring continuously until the mixture boils again to heat the coconut milk for about 2-3 minutes on a low flame.
5. Turn of heat and serve warm with a gravy or katta sambol for a spicy breakfast and if you fancy something sweet try having it with a piece of good juggery or a couple of dates for those who prefer something healthy.

This dish serves 2.
This is a very healthy dish for breakfast.

Below I have uploade a picture of the molakia packet which I believe you can find it easily at any supermarket in the UAE.
I have tried two different brand of this leaves and they all taste exactly same.

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Hope you enjoy this delicious and healthy dish for your breakfast.

Dates with a flavor

Dates are rich in vitamin c and each date contains 20-70 calories depending on their size.
Dates is a fruit which is very tasty by itself. But imagine some dates with an extra flavor. I have tried dates with almonds it was extra delicious, and yea I also have tried them with a dab of butter or margarine try it at home you’l really enjoy it.
After moving in to Dubai I came across these specially packed dates in a presentable box ideal as gifts for your loved ones which has some extra flavour.
So I thought il stop by and take some pictures to post. Later I was wondering what must be inside those so I asked the salesman about the stuffing and he explained to me that those date contain a paste of cashew nuts, almonds and grated coconut which is stuffed inside.
Isn’t that a very different and unique to gift your family and friends back home!
Hope you Guys enjoyed reading my post.
Have a nice day!

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Palm Tree – Dates Palm

photo(5)Its been a year since i moved in to dubai and for the first time in my life i saw palm trees filled with dates and was really fascinated when i got a closer glimpse.
All that came to my mind was to take some pictures and share.
There were many fallen under the tree which was ripe and trampled by the cars passing by,in many areas they have covered the bunches of dates with a bag similar to which you find onions at many stores,so that air could pass through and at the same time to prevent them from falling around and being trampled.

there are two kinds of palm trees- date palm and coconut palm. The pictures show the date palm trees which is very commanly found in Dubai.