Well we have reached the end of ramadan!!
By this time we have fallen into our jumbled up routines.. Sleep backlogs and Iftar dinners are all catching up alongwith eid shopping and last ashra nights.. (fuuun!!!!)
But don’t get me wrong!!
I absolutely love making iftars and preparing for iftar and the iftar parties… the anticipation of food and our taste buds that dwelled on pakoras and samosa chaats on growing up just keep pushing for the same
Dates are an essential Iftar feature world over!! They are packed with energy and are the perfect first thing to eat that is sweet and nutritious and gives an energy boost without overwhelming the taste buds or intestines!!
It is a scientific fact that they regulate the digestive process and can significantly boost energy levels in people within half an hour of consuming it. Other than being a good source of various vitamins and minerals they are packed with energy, sugar and fiber. along with several essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and zinc.
With all the Iftars lined up and the hectic schedule of suhoor and babies and life.. So to make things easier and healthier One of the things I love to add to my Iftar table is to create this big date platter! I love to upgrade my dates with this easy additional toppings which makes a total Iftar statement and is delicious as it is good to look at!!
My date platter consists of dates filled with nuts! I prefer almonds or walnuts! You can experiment with your favorite kind like cashew nuts or pistachios which in my opinion would work well!!
My favorite element to add are the whipped cream filled dates!!!! They are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!! If you have never had them before you have got to give them a try!!!! Simply whip u pcream and add vanilla essence and sugar to taste!(obviously this needs to be done when you are not fasting) And fill up the dates with the whipped cream! And sprinkle some freshly shredded coconut on top!! Heavenly delightful!!!
The third element that I add to my date Iftar centerpiece are the good ol’ date balls!! I have a really sweet tender spot for the energy bars and the healthy snack items that consist of dates! In my routine life I always rely on dates as a snack option and the healthy energy bite sized balls are top of the list! You can use your favorite recipe or any that you find intriguing and easy!
Mine is a super simple combo of date paste+nuts+graham crackers+shredded coconut! Simply mix up these ingredients to taste!! I don’t even use blender!!! Just pop them all in and use a wooden spoon to mash up everything!( ofcourse nuts would require previous chopping!!) When you are happy with the mixture! Just roll them into bite sized balls! Or the way I like it table tennis ball sized date balls!!
I always have the date mixture on hand to be replenished after every Iftar!! And my faily loves to nibble it all down slowly over the last ashra till its all gone by the end of Ramadan!! 🙂
They are healthy and fun and like any effective centerpiece a great conversational starter!! The perfect way to treat your guests to a fantastic Iftar!! And they make iftar a breeze! Well in style!! 😉
Almond filled dates
Dates (the amount your choice of centerpiece requires) 30
almonds (choice of nuts) 30
- Slit the dates from the center and pit it out.
- Place the almond instead and place in the centerpiece around the edge.
Sweet Cream filled dates
Dates (the amount your choice of centerpiece requires) 20
cream 1/4 cup
sugar 1 tablespoon (or to taste)
vanilla essence 2-3 drops
shredded coconut 2 Tablespoon
- Pit the dates.
- Whip up the cream.
- Add sugar and vanilla essence. And mix.
- Using a spoon fill the open dates with the cream.
- Top with shredded coconut.
Dates/Date paste 1 cup
shredded nuts 1/2 cup
shredded coconut 1/2 cup
graham crackers 1 packet (abt 10 pieces)
- Pit and puree the dates (If required).
- Add in the shredded nuts,shredded coconut, mashed graham crackers.
- Use a wooden spoon to bring it all together.
- Make golf ball sized balls of the mixture.
- Roll the balls in a plate of shredded coconut for garnish.
Always keep the spare mixture on hand for replenishing your platter till it stays with you till the end of the Holy month!
Enjoy these recipes and Soak up the rest of Ramadan!!