Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world.
If you are looking for a hearty start to your day, a guilt free snack, a healthy replacement for candies and sweets or simply an instant energy booster, these two simple recipes for Figs in Syrup and Stuffed Dates Appetizer are the answer to your quest.
These two fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibre which makes them an ideal starter for Iftar in Ramadan (breaking the fast).
I stuffed the dates with almonds and peanuts, you can use mixed nuts of your choice. Walnuts, pistachios, cashews, pine nuts, pecans would do wonderfully well. Want to make them a bit more indulgent? Try mixing a little cream cheese or paneer with the nuts stuffing. Be innovative and add some peanut butter or coat the stuffed dates with dark chocolate.
Similarly, figs soaked in honey taste amazing – little soft pillows, filled with mildly sweet and a touch sour syrup. I love to start my day with a couple of these for a feel good breakfast.
For Stuffed Dates Appetizer:
16 dates, pitted
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup peanuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
This Is What You Do :
Make sure there is no grit on the dates. If you don’t have soft dates, soak the hard ones in warm water for 15 minutes. Remove stones.
Heat oil in a frying pan on medium-low heat. Stir fry almonds and peanuts till they are lightly toasted. Stir in salt, mix.
Let the almonds and peanuts cool down, put them in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.
Fill about 1/2 teaspoon in each date. The dates will look like little boats filled with roasted almonds and peanuts. Enjoy!
For Figs In Honey:
8 dried figs
1 tablespoon balsamic or Apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup water
This Is What You Do:
Heat water in a saucepan, add all the other ingredients.
Cook on medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
Turn the heat off and cover pan till figs turn soft and swell up.
Serve in syrup.