Dates in English are what we call “Kharjura” and “Khajhuru” in Kannada and Konkani respectively. Dates needs no introduction and we use this dry fruit generously in the preparation of cakes, desserts, biscuits etc., We also prepare a unique sweet paratha using dates. These parathas taste great and are a little different from the other sweet parathas like “Soyi poli“, “Sanjeera“, and “Ellu holige” that I have previously uploaded recipes for. It’s time to put up the recipe for Dates Parathas now – I hope you will give it a try and like it too.
What you need to have:
1. Smooth black dates – 2 Cups
2. Grated jaggery – As per taste
3. Poppy seeds – 2 Teaspoons
4. Cardamom – 3-4
5. Milk – 1 Tablespoon
Ingredients of Dates Paratha
Ingredients of the paratha dough:
1. Wheat Atta – 1 and 1/2 cup
2. Cooking oil 4-5 Teaspoons
3. Salt – As per taste
Ingredients of the paratha dough
What you do with what you have:
1. Grate jaggery, remove the small seeds from dates and sprinkle a little milk on it and keep it aside. Peel cardamom as well.
2. Mix both de-seeded dates and grated jaggery in a hand mixer and make it into a smooth dough. (One can even do it in the dry grinder or as suits your convenience.)
3. Place a spatula, and dry roast the poppy seeds in it on a low flame, till you get a pleasant aroma.
Poppy seeds being dry roasted
4. On cooling, powder the roasted poppy seeds in a dry grinder along with cardamom. Add this powder to the dates-jaggery mix from step-2. Mix well and shape into small round balls.
The paratha stuffing being shaped into round balls
5. Sieve atta, and make a pliable dough by adding sufficient quantity of water, cooking oil and salt to it. Make small balls and roll it into small discs. Place the round stuffing from step-4 into it. Close the edges and roll again on thick plastic sheets as shown below.
Paratha dough with stuffing and the rolled-out stuffed paratha disc
6. Place a non-stick tawa on medium flame with 1 teaspoon of ghee on it. When heated place rolled paratha from step-5 on it.
Paratha being roasted
7. When done reverse the same and roast with a little pure ghee on it.
Paratha being roasted on the reverse
8. Repeat the same process for the remaining rolled parathas as well. Serve as a snack with tea. Enjoy!
How long it takes – 1 hour
Number of servings – 15-20 of the medium-large size