Wednesday, June 17, 2015

802. Pistachio-Stuffed Dates

Stuffed dates are a big thing in most Arab and Muslim households (walnut, halva, and now pistachio).
Contrary to popular belief, Muslims do not only fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Sure, that time is the only compulsory fasting duty, but fasting is an act that constantly reminds us of the temporary nature of this life and draws us closer to our Lord and remembrance of the hereafter.
So according to the Sunna of our beloved Prophet Muhammed may peace and blessing be upon him, besides the month of Ramadan, we are encouraged to fast every Monday and Thursday (weekly basis), on the three days of the full moon (the "white days", monthly basis) and some other special days of the year, like on the day of Arafa, two days of the month of Muharram when Allah parted the sea for the Prophet Moses, the 15th of Shaaban, and six days in the month of Shawwal. There might be others I may have missed. So the perfect nutrition to revive us from a day of fasting are dates. Stuff those with nuts of the like and there you have a nutritional booster. Ramadan Mubarak brothers and sisters.
Adapted form Ya Salam Cooking.

20 dried but soft dates
1/2 cup peeled unsalted pistachio
1 tsp orange blossom water

In a small food processor, grind to a paste the pistachio and orange blossom water.
Keeping the date intact, make a cut from the side to remove the pit.
Stuff the dates with the pistachio paste, seal shut again, and arrange prettily on a serving dish.
Keeps well at room temperature for a few days.

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