Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Khajur Paak or Khajur Rolls

Khajur pak is a very healthy dish, which doesn't require too many ingredients, and is easy to make. Khajur (Dates) contain a lot of beneficial vitamins and minerals and are naturally very sweet, so no sugar is required to make this sweet dish. They are very good for diabetic people too.

This diwali, I thought of making some healthy sweets instead of the regular milk and mava based ones. I had a lot of Black dates at home, so I made khajur pak out of some of them. You can substiture the regular variety (red dates??) for the black ones I used here.

One more change I made to the recipe was, instead of only adding chopped nuts to make khajur pak, I also added muesli mix to it. Muesli is a popular breakfast cereal based on uncooked rolled oats, fruit and nuts. My mix had rolled oats, wheat bran, barley flakes, flex seeds, raisins, cranberries and chopped nuts. The addition of muesli is absolutley optional, but it does enhanse the taste, texture and nutritional value of this snack.

Here is the recipe for making khajur pak. I am showing the generic recipe with nuts, but if you do want to add muesli, substiture the nuts listed below with the same amount of muesli mix. You should be able to find muesli at a health food store such as whole foods, but if you can't find it, then you can add some rolled oats and flex seeds powder to the original recipe.

1/2 Kg Dates,Deseeded and Chopped into Small Pieces
2 Tablespoons Ghee (Unsalted Butter),
1 Cup Chopped Mixed Nutes (UnsalteD),
1/8 Cup, Coarsey Ground Peanut Powder
1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds, for Garnishing (Optional)

Heat the ghee in a thick bottom pan. Once it is hot, add the nuts (or muesli mix). Stir and roast on low for a minute or two. Now add the chopped dates and the peanut powder. Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Turn the heat to medium-low. Let it cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure that the mixture doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Once you see the mixture coming together to make a lump (7-10 minutes), turn off the stove and remove the mixture in a flat plate. Let it cool a bit so that you can make a roll out of it using your hands. Make a 2-3 inch diameter roll out of the lump. Spread the poppy seeds on the flat plate. Roll the mixture in the seeds so that it is coated uniformly. Let the roll cool completley. Cut into pieces.

Alternatively, you can make tiny bite size rolls out of the warm mixture, and roll them in poppy seeds.
The picture here shows both, the tiny bite size rolls, and the flat disc type rolls.

This entry is a part of Sara's Corner's Healthy Food for Healthy Kids Contest  and Nithu's Healthy Food for Healthy Kids Contest  

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Mina Joshi said...

Hi Neha

I came across your blog whilst looking for some recipes. It's a great blog and I will be following you regularly.

Please share your recipe for this sweet by sending it to an event I am running at the moment at:


Sadhana said...

I was searching for Khajur Pak recipe and came across your blog. Very nice one, when time permits stop by

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