BM # 63
Day : 17
Theme: Regional Cuisine
Cuisine : Sindhi
While most of our friends were struggling to find a regional recipe with the alphabet 'Q' in our Journey through the Cuisines, it was a easy one for me. Qatal is dates in Sindhi and the famous Date and Fig Fudge is very popular among Sindhi's.
Years back the elite Sindhi's of Dubai would always get a box of this fudge from the famous Puranmal's of Dubai . Puranmal's is a sweet shop in Dubai owned by a Sindhi. Of course now all Indian shops too stock this sweet. This sweet is very popular as it is sugar free and fat free. Loaded with nuts ,the fudge gets its sweetness from dates and figs. The proportion of both could vary.
I have always made big batches of this fudge with various combination and sent as Diwali gifts. You could use just dates or just figs as the base, but for today we have dates since it had to be Q for Qatal.
I am also linking this post to the A-Z Challenge.
Qatal ain Anjeera ji Mithai
1 cup dates
1/4 cup figs
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup cashews
1-4 cup pistachios
1 tsp ghee
De seed the dates.
Microwave the figs with a tsp of water for 20 secs.
Chop the figs.
Blend the dates and figs in a mixer.
Heat a non stick pan .
Add a tsp of ghee.
Add the date , fig mixture.
Add the nuts, you could pound a handful of them , rest can go in whole.
Mix well, and let all the moisture dry up.
Once the moisture dries, it will no longer be sticky.
Remove in a greased tray.
Sprinkle some poppy seeds.
Let set in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
Cut into pieces.
Alternatively one can remove the mithai on the counter and make a roll.
Cover the roll in a cling film and place in the deep freeze for 10-15 minutes.
The roll will become slightly hard.
Remove the cling film and cut into pieces.