Dates Chocolate Balls – Its party time as Christmas and New year are on its way. As in all the festival we invite friends and relatives and have fun with them. We even try to make drinks, sweets, curry with flat bread and serve our guest. Today I am sharing a simple dates roll with a twist by giving chocolate coating to it….
What is Dates (Khajur)?
Dates are edible sweet fruit of flowering plant spices known as Date palms. The date palm tree can grow upto 70-75 feet (21-23 meter) in height. The date fruits name is derived from Greek word for “finger”: ‘dáktulos’ because of the fruits elongated shape.
Dates are cylindrical-oval red to bright yellow in color 3-7 cm long and 2-3 cm in diameter. Three main cultivar groups of dates exist: soft, semi-dry and dry. Egypt and Iran are the major Dates producing countries.
Also Known As
Dates is also known as khajur (खजूर) in Hindi.
History of Dates
Origin of Dates is unknown due to its long history of cultivation. However it is estimated that Dates originated first near land around Iraq. Dates have been staple food of Middle east and Indus valley civilizations for thousands of years. There is archaeological evidence of date cultivation in eastern Arabia in 6000 BCE.
Recipes using Dates
Below are few recipes where Dates or Khajur is one of the main ingreident.
Khajur Imli Chutney Recipe (Dates Tamarind Chutney) – Here is a quick and easy recipe of one of the most loved Indian chutney “Khajur Imli Chutney“. This chutney recipe is used in almost all chaat or Indian street food recipes. The tangy sweet & sour taste goes really well with all chaats. Check out some of…