Ramazan and dates go hand in hand - so much so that people cannot imagine breaking their fast without dates. There are many ahadith about breaking fast with a date. Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said, ‘Whoever has dried dates, then let him break the fast with that, and whoever does not, then let him break the fast with water, for indeed water is purifying.’ (Sunan At-Tirmizi)
Dates are high in sugar, fiber, minerals, phytonutrients, and (when fresh) vitamin C. They also contain potassium, magnesium, iron, and small amounts of protein and fat. Dates are easily digested, making them a quick source of energy and nutrients. Eating dates after a long day of fasting can help the body’s blood glucose levels quickly return to normal.
Here is a simple, easy-to-make dates recipe you can try this Ramazan…
* 1 cup almonds
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
* 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
* 500 grams dates
* 1/4 cup almond and walnut pieces broken
* 1/4 cup shredded coconut
* Bring some water to a boil in a small pot, and add the almonds. Boil for one or two minutes.
* Remove the almonds from the heat and drain.
* While the almonds are still warm, remove the skin.
* Process the almonds, sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor until the almonds are a powdery mixture that is moist enough to pack.
* Add the lemon zest and butter, and continue processing until a smooth paste is formed.
* Roll small cylinders of almond paste the same length as your dates, but only about 1/3 in diameter.
* Take a date, make a vertical cut deep enough to remove the pit, but not so deep as to cut the date in half.
* Discard the pit, insert almond paste and press the sides of the date firmly around the paste, while leaving a portion of paste exposed.
* Repeat with the remaining dates and almond paste.
* Top the exposed paste with pieces of almond and walnuts pieces and shredded coconut.
* Store the stuffed dates in an airtight container in the fridge. Bring them to room temperature before serving.