Thursday, November 29, 2012

Spiced Dates

I usually don't pay a lot of attention to food composition, but dates are a very impressive source of minerals, natural sugars and vitamins. Dates are perfect tonic for all doshas and for children. This particular recipe is sexy, exotic and delicious.

My favorite part is that it can be served as part of a meal or as a dessert. The secret of this recipe is to select big, juicy dates.


Ingredients
15 plump dates
1 tsp orange peel powder
½ tsp chili

1 tsp cardamon
3 tsp sesame seeds
3 large slices of mozzarella cheese
1 tsp ghee
½ tsp salt

Procedure
Cook the dates on low heat. Add ghee and all of the spices. Continue mixing and cook for another 5 minutes. Add three slices of mozzarella cheese to the top of the date mixture and cover pan. Continue cooking until cheese is melted.

Variation
Cook the mixture without the cheese. Remove the pits and fill the dates with ricotta cheese mixed with pomegranate. Cook for another 5 minutes.

Nutrients per 100 gms of dates
Potassium 650 mg
Calcium 64 mg
Magnesium 54 gm
Phosphorus 63 mg
Niacin 1.6 mg
Carbohydrates 66.77
Sodium 2.5 gm
Vitamin A 50 international units
Vitamin C .1 mg





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